Plan-TIP Project Evaluation Criteria

Plan-TIP Project Evaluation Criteria

Product No.: 23128
Date Published: 10/2023

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The Plan–TIP Project Evaluation Criteria evaluate candidate transportation projects relative to the Vision and goals of the Connections 2050 Long-Range Plan (‘Plan’) and federal Transportation Performance Management (TPM) targets for safety, asset condition, and system performance. The criteria were developed in collaboration with DVRPC’s Financial Planning Subcommittee of the Regional Technical Committee (RTC). They consist of: (1) a screening to compare candidate consistency with the Plan’s equity, sustainability, and resiliency principles, and to ensure Major Regional Projects (MRPs) are funded in the region’s Plan before being programmed in the region’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP); and (2) a set of 10 project evaluation criteria based on the Plan’s focus areas—the environment, communities, transportation, and the economy—and the federal TPMs. Candidate projects are rated with the evaluation criteria to score 'benefit points.' The benefit points are used to create four different ranking systems that compare total benefit points on their own and then with capital costs, capital costs per multimodal user, and capital plus additional operating costs per multimodal user. These four different rankings are also averaged and shared with the Financial Planning Subcommittee to provide a data-informed analysis to guide project prioritization in the Plan and TIP.

Geographic Area Covered: Nine-County Delaware Valley Region, comprised of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer counties in New Jersey.

Key Words: Transportation Improvement Program, TIP, Long-Range Plan, Plan, Evaluation, Criteria, Project, Major Regional Project, Screening, Transportation Performance Management, Resiliency, Floodplains, Sustainability, Land Use Vision, Equity, Environmental Justice, Benefits and Burdens, Impervious Surface Coverage, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Air Quality, Centers, Form, Development Intensity Zones, Safety, Vision Zero, Condition, Asset Management, Lowest Life-Cycle Cost, Connectivity, Reliability, Planning Time Index, Congestion Management, Congested Corridors, Trucks, Ranking, Community Engagement, Project Categories.

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  • Amani Bey Planner
  • Emily Goldstein Environmental Planner
  • Alyson Dressman Capital Program Planner
  • Thomas Edinger Manager, Congestion Management Programs
  • Rebecca Maule Principal Graphic Artist
  • Glenn McNichol Principal GIS Analyst
  • Kristen Scudder Manager, Freight Programs
  • Jaclyn Davis Manager, Office of Long Range Planning
  • Sean Greene Manager, Office of Freight and Clean Transportation
  • Benjamin Gruswitz Manager, Socioeconomic and Land Use Analytics
  • Christopher Linn Manager,Office of Climate and Environment
  • Kevin Murphy Manager, Office of Safe Streets
  • Shoshana Akins Manager, Public Participation Planning
  • Gregory Krykewycz Director of Transportation Planning
  • Ian Schwarzenberg Planner
  • Matthew Brahms Transportation Planner
  • Christopher Pollard Manager, Office of GIS
  • Michael Ruane Associate Director, Planning Innovation
  • Michael Boyer Director of Regional Planning
  • Jesse Buerk Manager, Office of Capital Programs
  • Betsy Mastaglio Associate Director, Multimodal Planning
  • Spencer Gober Associate Manager, Office of Community and Economic Development

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