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 2018 – 2021 STIP

VDOT and DRPT have developed Virginia’s STIP for Federal Fiscal Years 2018 – 2021. 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.

The Draft Federal Fiscal Years 2018 – 2021 STIP was made available for public review and input from June 9, 2017 through July 9, 2017.

The Final Federal Fiscal Years 2018 – 2021 STIP was submitted to FHWA and FTA for approval on July 10, 2017. Approval is anticipated prior to October 1, 2017, the beginning of Federal Fiscal Year 2018.

Federal Fiscal Years 2015 – 2018 STIP

As a result of federally required public involvement for each MPO’s TIP, the Fall Transportation Meetings and Spring Public Hearings, comments were received and incorporated into the Federal Fiscal Years 2015 – 2018 STIP. On Sept. 30, 2014, the FHWA and FTA approved the federal Fiscal Years 2015 - 18 STIP.

Federal Fiscal Years 2012 – 2015 STIP


Larrie Henley

Page last modified: Aug. 14, 2017