Transportation Improvement Program
The current PACTS Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for 2021 to 2024 (PDF) was approved by the PACTS Executive Committee, with delegated authority from the PACTS Policy Committee, on March 30, 2021. These capital projects and transit operations funds are federally funded projects that PACTS had selected, plus many Maine Department of Transportation-selected bridge, interstate, safety and other types of projects.
All federally funded projects must be in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) in order to receive federal funding. These projects are located in the PACTS area and are funded with Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration funds.
The projects listed in the PACTS TIP document may also be found in Section VI of the 2021-2024 Maine Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (PDF) starting on page 293. The Maine Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for 2021-2024 is out for public comment, as of April 1st, 2021, and will be finalized later this year.
Policies & Procedures
The primary purpose of our Transportation Improvement Program Policies and Procedures for 2017 and 2018 is to describe the process for selection of the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) "Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Allocation" and PACTS Federal Transit Administration (FTA)-funded projects.
The 47-page document provides details on our programming policies, our project management policies, Federal Transit Administration funding, coordination with the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) and the Maine Turnpike Authority, and a glossary of transportation terms. In 2017 we will use this document for the selection of 2020 and 2021 projects.
Transportation Funding Framework
On April 6, 2021, the PACTS Executive Committee approved a new Transportation Funding Framework. This framework was developed to ensure funding is allocated to projects in a way that is consistent, data-driven, more transparent to the public, and aligned with regional goals. Funding allocations are being informed by this document beginning in 2021. The TIP Policies and Procedures will be updated to incorporate the framework.
Funding & Budget
We program the FTA funds on an annual basis, and program the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funds for a two-year period. During 2016, PACTS programmed $22 million in FTA funds that were available for use in 2016. In July 2016 the Policy Committee programmed FHWA-funded projects worth $10 million for construction between 2017 and 2019.
We work within PACTS’ regional budgets for:
- Bicycle/pedestrian facilities
- Collector road preservation paving
- Intersection improvements
- Road reconstruction
- Transit capital