TIP Call for Projects
The IMPO receives an annual allocation of funding from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to support transportation projects within the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA). A legislatively approved formula is used by FHWA to apportion funding to each state which then apportions these funds to MPOs. Each year the IMPO goes through a process to determine what projects receive this funding called our "call for projects".
About the Call for Projects
The process to receive IMPO-managed funding is highly competitive. During the call-for-projects local public agencies (typically cities, towns, counties, and transit organizations) choose projects to submit for consideration by completing a data-driven application and committing to locally fund a portion of the project cost. The IMPO then selects projects for funding based on the funding goals of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) as adopted by the IMPO’s Transportation Policy Committee, federal eligibility requirements for different funding sources, and on their rank after the scoring process based on approved scoring criteria.
Annual Call for Project Applications
The IMPO holds an annual call for projects at which time local public agencies can apply for IMPO-managed funding. Between September 1 and October 28 the IMPO accepted applications for projects in SFY 2026 that will go to a local letting no later than June 2026. This call for projects anticipates awarding approximately $47.5M for construction and construction inspection. IMPO staff anticipate releasing a list of projects reccomdned for funding for public review in December 2022.
Supporting Application Documents:
- Cost Estimating Scoping Form (scoping form instructions)
- Cost Estimating Tool
- CMAQ Emissions Calculator
- Guide to Road Safety Audits
- High Crash Intersection Study and Safety Study Map
- Road Safety Audit Landing Page
- StreetLight Data & Access Requests
- Functional Classification Map
- 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Project List
- Regional Freight Plan
- Federal Exchange Program Guidance Document
- Federal Fund Exchange Program Overview Presentation
- Federal Fund Exchange Program Training Video
Frequently Asked Questions
The IMPO develops, in collaboration with its planning partners and the public, the Indianapolis Regional Transportation Improvement Program (IRTIP), which is a four-year schedule of transportation projects proposed by government and transportation agencies in the Central Indiana region using Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funds, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds, that are exchanged with Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) funds. Each year the IMPO hosts a call for projects to include projects in the TIP using IMPO-managed funds. In addition, other projects that are considered “regionally significant” (for air quality conformity purposes) are included, regardless of the funding source. The IRTIP is incorporated into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which is developed and maintained by INDOT. Learn more.
The IMPO will release specific dates for the upcoming call for projects each spring. Typically, the call for projects will open and close in the fall.
IMPO staff will score and rank each project in relation to the MTP allocation goals and funding sources then prepare a list of projects recommended for funding. That list will be released for public comment then reviewed by the IMPO’s Transportation Technical Committee and Transportation Policy Committee which may give approval of the recommendation. The Transportation Policy Committee meeting will include a public hearing.
In August 2020, the IMPO signed an agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to exchange the IMPO’s annual allocation of Federal transportation program funds for State funds. This agreement means starting in State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2025, the IMPO will use state funds for its IMPO-managed funding programs and is not required to use the exact eligibility criteria of the above federal programs. Nevertheless, the IMPO attempts to remain closely aligned with federal programs when determining the distribution of IMPO-managed funds. Thus, the IMPO distributes funding closely aligned to project types that could be funded by the distribution of each federal program if we were using those federal fund programs. This target may change year by year as determined by our state and federal partners. State funds are easier to use and manage and thus makes managing projects easier (and less expensive) for our member communities.
The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) sets funding goals for the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). Currently, the MTP allocation goals are 27% pavement preservation, 20% expansion, 18% bridge preservation, 18% operations and maintenance, 10% transit, and 7% bike and pedestrian projects. The IMPO’s funding programs do not fund operations and maintenance so that percentage is proportionately distributed to the other funding types for the purposes of TIP funding.
The MTP also lists future “regionally significant” projects which are projects that could have a significant impact on air quality such as road widening. Local public agencies proposing “regionally significant” projects must have those projects listed in the MTP before they can apply for IMPO funding programs. Learn more.
All regionally significant transportation projects (those that affect air quality) including road widenings, new roadways, and new capital transit routes must be in the 2050 MTP project list, prior to applying in this year’s call for projects. If a regionally significant project is not in the proposed 2050 MTP, the application will not be accepted.
Advance Construction Advance Construction (AC) is an innovative financing tool in which the MPO allows local public agencies to accelerate transportation projects using non-federal funds while maintaining eligibility to be reimbursed with federal funds at a later date. To utilize advanced construction financing the local public agency should apply and for funding during a call for projects. Agencies should apply for planned projects. The MPO will not fund projects that have already have construction underway or completed.
A local agency intending to use advance construction financing must selected the “advance construction” option in MiTIP at the time of application. The agency will be asked to indicate which years they plan to complete construction of the project so they project may be properly modeled for air quality. The “programming information” section should be filled out with the requested reimbursement amounts and years (typically dependent on what year the call for projects is for). The agency is asked to include a letter acknowledging that the agency will fully fund the project at construction, acknowledge funding has been budgeted for the project in the correct year(s), and the agency is aware of what year it will be reimbursed. Advanced construction projects must submit for cost increases within the Federal Fund Exchange policy time-frame. Additional MPO-managed funding will not be available for cost increases past that time period.
AC itself is not a funding category and does not provide additional federal funding. As no federal funds are actually obligated when in AC status, these funds are not subtracted from available revenues when determining constraint. When the MPO is ready to seek federal reimbursement of these funds, typically upon receiving an invoice for work completed, a conversion from AC to federal obligation is requested.
You can contact IMPO programming staff with any questions about the TIP. For more information on contacting us check out our staff page.