The Transportation Improvement Program is an essential component of the Federal Lands Planning Program. It is developed cooperatively between Federal Lands Highway Division offices and the Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMA), and provides a list of transportation improvements for a four-year period among the primary programs administered by the Office of Federal Lands Highway, the Federal Lands Transportation Program and the Federal Lands Access Program. FLH has responsibility for approval of the TIP. TIP requirements include:
- Administered by FLH
- Covers a four-year period
- Updated at least every four years
- Individually identifies regionally significant projects
- Public participation
- Submitted by FLH to appropriate States and metropolitan areas on behalf of the FLMA.
TIPs are not an all-inclusive transportation program for all Federal agencies. Rather, they are representative of those projects that are approved by the FHWA to utilize Federal Lands Highway Program funding. Each Federal Lands Division office develops their own TIP for projects delivered in their respective geographic region.