The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is one of the most important documents produced by the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), as it lists all of the projects receiving funding in the next few fiscal years. The HRTPO has made it a priority to help ensure that transportation funds are used as efficiently and effectively as possible in Hampton Roads. To improve its capabilities for monitoring the status of projects, the HRTPO staff introduced a new format in the recently approved HRTPO FY 2012-2015 TIP. In addition to improving the transparency of the TIP by providing enhanced project description information and a location map, the new format includes funding allocation information as well as cost estimates, schedules, obligations, and expenditures by project phase.
To further enhance the transparency and user-friendliness of the new TIP, the HRTPO has developed a web-based application for accessing the TIP: www.hrtpotip.org. In addition to providing access to the up-to-date TIP document, an Interactive Project Map service provides easy access to project information based on project location. The user has several options for obtaining project information. In addition to searching the TIP document, the user may navigate the interactive map and click on a project to obtain information about the project. In addition, the user may enter the project’s Universal Project Code (UPC) number, a unique project identification number, directly into UPC Search Engine to go straight to the Project Summary Sheet containing the full project-relevant information available in the TIP.