Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is Virginia’s federally required four-year program that identifies the transportation projects (highway, passenger rail, freight, public transit, bicycle and pedestrian) that will utilize federal transportation funding or require approval from either the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) or Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

The program must include all projects in an urbanized area that are included in an MPO’s TIP (Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Improvement Program) as well as federally funded projects in the nonmetropolitan areas of Virginia. Currently there are fifteen MPO areas.  

For more information about each MPO’s TIP, please click the corresponding link for the area.

Federal regulations require each state to produce a STIP at least once every four years; however, Virginia updates their STIP every three years to ensure the program never lapses. Federal regulations require that the STIP demonstrate fiscal constraint to show that the state is not scheduling more transportation projects for construction than it has funding for.

Federal Fiscal Years 2021 – 24 STIP

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) developed Virginia’s STIP for Federal Fiscal Years 2021 – 24. VDOT and DRPT worked in cooperation with the MPOs to update their TIPs which are included without change into Virginia’s STIP. VDOT and DRPT were also in cooperation with transportation planning officials in nonmetropolitan areas on inclusion of federally funded projects in the nonmetropolitan areas of Virginia.

Virginia provides many opportunities for the public to provide input on transportation projects and priorities as part of the continuing transportation planning process for the development of the STIP and the state required Six-Year Improvement Program.

On Sept. 30, 2020, the FHWA and FTA approved the Federal Fiscal Years 2021 – 24 STIP.

In accordance with federal requirements, the 2021 – 24 STIP has been modified to meet the Performance Based Planning and Programming requirements for Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan. This modification to the STIP was prepared as an addendum to the STIP Appendix F: Performance Based Planning and Programming.

VDOT staff updates and maintains project information for the STIP Groupings in a STIP Groupings Tracking Database.  Projects are entered in the database as various actions are submitted in FHWA’s Fiscal Management Information System (FMIS).  Reports from the database are regularly shared with FHWA.  Below is a link to the STIP Groupings Tracking Report.  This report is updated quarterly and represents the Federal Fiscal Years 2021- 2024 STIP Groupings Tracking Report as of September 30, 2022. 

STIP Grouping Tracking Report
How to Read the Grouping Tracking Sheets

Federal Fiscal Years 2018 – 21 STIP

As a result of federally required public involvement for each MPO’s TIP, the Fall Transportation Meetings and Spring Public Meetings, comments were received and incorporated into the Federal Fiscal Years 2018 – 21 STIP. On September 29, 2017 the FHWA and FTA approved the Federal Fiscal Years 2018 – 21 STIP.

Information on the STIP from previous years is available upon request.


Dinah Oliver

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