Long-Range Plan &
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

As Greater Philadelphia's Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), DVRPC is federally mandated to produce a Long-Range Plan and a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Both products are developed through a continuing, comprehensive, and cooperative transportation planning, programming, and decision-making process.

Long-Range Plan

The Long-Range Plan (the 'Plan') outlines a vision for the region’s growth and preservation, and a fiscally constrained financial plan for funding transportation infrastructure. DVRPC updates the Plan every four years to maintain the required 20-year horizon, while using performance-based planning to ensure efficient use of the region’s natural resources, public funding, and other assets. Each Plan update identifies trends and forces shaping the region, works with the public and stakeholders to develop a broadly shared vision for the future, and recommends strategies to achieve the vision.

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the regionally agreed upon list of priority transportation projects over a four-year period, as required by federal law. The TIP document contains a multimodal list of all projects that intend to use federal funds, along with all non-federally funded projects that are regionally significant, with estimated costs and schedules. For planning purposes, the DVRPC TIP shows a full 10 years of funding in New Jersey and 12 years in Pennsylvania for highway and public transit projects.

Transportation Performance Management

Both the Long-Range Plan and TIPs are developed through a performance-based planning and programming process. This process incorporates the federal Transportation Performance Management framework that sets targets, programs projects, and monitors progress toward achieving goals for: roadway safety, bridge and pavement condition, system performance, transit asset condition, and transit safety.

TIP-LRP Benefit Evaluation Criteria [0.5 MB pdf]

TIP and LRP project selection is guided by a universal, multi-modal performance-based evaluation process. The DVRPC TIP-LRP Benefit Evaluation Criteria is a data-informed support tool that highlights trade-offs that could occur as a result of a given investment or set of investments, analyzes how new candidate projects align with the vision and goals of the Plan, and considers how each project supports the FHWA and FTA Transportation Performance Management process.