Fiscal Years 2020 – 2023 Transportation Improvement Program


This Fiscal Years (FYs) 2020 – 2023 Transportation Improvement Program was developed by the Johnson City MTPO, in cooperation with:

U.S. Department of Transportation

Federal Highway Administration

Federal Transit Administration

Tennessee Department of Transportation

 

An electronic copy of this document can be found on our website at https://jcmpo.org/tip.html.

 

 

 

If you need this document translated into Spanish or another language, or need a paper copy, please contact the MTPO Transportation Planning Coordinator, by phone at (423) 434-6272 or email at jcmpo@jcmpo.org. 

Spanish Translation of the above statement:

Si usted necesita este document resumido en espanol contacta por favor al Coordinator del MTPO , numero de telefono (423) 434-6272, correo electronico jcmpo@jcmpo.org.

 

 

The Johnson City Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization ensures compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; 49 CFR, part 26; related statutes and regulations to the end that no person shall be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation on the grounds of race, color, or national origin.


 

Table of Contents

METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING PROCESS CERTIFICATION.. 6

Adoption Resolution. 7

List of Abbreviations. 8

1      Introduction. 10

1.1                           About the Johnson City MTPO.. 10

1.2                           Metropolitan Planning Area. 10

1.3                           Organizational Structure. 10

1.4                           Purpose of the Document 12

2      Program Development 13

2.1                           Planning Horizon. 13

2.2                           Project Selection. 13

2.3                           Project Phases. 13

2.4                           Advanced Construction. 14

2.5                           National Transportation Goals. 15

2.6                           Federal Planning Factors. 16

3      Public Participation. 16

3.1                           Coordination and Consultation Process  17

3.2                           Title VI / Environmental Justice. 17

3.3                           ADA and Transition Plans. 19

3.4                           Public Transportation Program of Projects  19

3.5                           Annual Listing of Obligated Projects  19

4      Financial Plan. 20

4.1                           Fiscal Constraint 20

4.2                           Revenue Sources. 20

4.3                           Cost Estimation. 21

4.4                           Ongoing Maintenance and Operations Cost 21

4.5                           Funding Programs. 22

5      TIP Amendment and Modification Procedures. 26

5.1                           Project Thresholds. 26

5.2                           Amendments. 27

5.3                           Administrative Modifications. 27

6      Status of Projects in FYs 2017-2020 TIP. 28

7      Projects to Carryover from FYs 2017-2020 TIP to FYs 2020-2023 TIP. 33

8      Illustrative Projects. 34

9      Performance Measures and Targets. 36

9.1                           What is Performance-Based Planning and Programming?. 36

9.2                           Transportation National Goals with Performance Measures and Targets. 37

9.3                           Transit National Goals with Performance Measures and Targets. 39

9.4                           Linking Performance Measures and Targets to Project Selection from the MTP to the TIP  41

10        Individual Project Sheets for the FYs 2020 – 2023 TIP  47

Section A:  Surface Transportation Block Grant Program – MPO Projects (STBG-M) 49

2014-01                  Elk Avenue Bridge Repair 50

2017-01                  SR 67/91/US 321 at SR 37/US 19E Traffic Signal Upgrade. 51

2017-02                  SR 34 at Industrial Park Rd Traffic Signal 52

2017-16                  Traffic Signal for SR 34/US 11E (E Jackson Blvd) & Smith Ln. 53

2017-21                  Elizabethton ADA Transition Plan. 54

Section B: Surface Transportation Block Grant Program –  State Projects (STBG-S) 55

2010010                 State Route (SR) 91 Extension. 56

2090015                 SR-XXX (Knob Creek Rd) 57

2090594                 Traffic Signal for State of Franklin Rd and Harris Drive  58

2090565                 Surface Transportation System Preservation and Operation Grouping. 59

Section C: Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) 60

2090595                 Safety Grouping. 61

Section D: National Highway Performance Program (NHPP) 62

2090560                 National Highway System Preservation and Operation Grouping. 63

Section E: Transit Projects (FTA) 64

2020-01                  JCT Transit Operating – Sec. 5307  65

2020-02                  JCT Capital – Sec. 5307. 66

2020-03                  JCT Capital – Sec. 5307 & 5339. 67

2020-04                  JCT Operating – Sec. 5317 New Freedom   68

2020-05                  JCT Operating – Sec. 5316 Job Access  69

2020-06                  JCT Capital – Sec. 5310. 70

2020-07                  NET Trans Operating Expenses. 71

2020-08                  Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program Grouping. 72

Section F:  Transportation Alternatives. 73

2020-09  Transportation Alternatives Grouping. 74

Section G: Financial Summary Tables. 75

Financial Summary of Highway Funds. 76

Financial Summary of STBG-M Funds. 77

Financial Summary of Transit Funds. 78

Appendix A:  Public Participation Documentation. 40

Appendix B: Memorandum of Agreement 45

Appendix C:  Statewide Grouping Descriptions. 54

Appendix D: Highway Funding Program Descriptions. 65

 


METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING PROCESS CERTIFICATION

In accordance with 23 CFR 450.336, the Johnson City Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization and the Tennessee Department of Transportation hereby certify that the metropolitan  transportation planning process is addressing major issues facing the Johnson City, TN urbanized area, and is being carried out in accordance with the following requirements:

I.            23 U.S.C. 134 and 135, 49 U.S.C. 5303 and 5304 (Highways and Transit).

II.         Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (42 U.S.C. 2000 d-1) and 49 CFR part 21.

III.       49 U.S.C. 5332, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, or age in employment or business opportunity.

IV.       Section 1101 (b) of the FAST-ACT (Pub. L 114-357) and 49 CFR part 26 regarding the involvement of disadvantaged business enterprises in USDOT-funded projects.

V.          23 CFR part 230, regarding the implementation of an equal employment opportunity program on Federal and Federal-aid highway construction contracts.

VI.       Provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq) and 49 CFR parts 27, 37, and 38.

VII.        In nonattainment and maintenance areas, sections 174 and 176 (c) and (d) of the Clean Air Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 7504, 7506 (c) and (d), and 40 CFR part 93.

VIII.      The Older Americans Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 6101), prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance.

IX.       Section 324 of Title 23 U.S.C. regarding the prohibition of discrimination based on gender.

X.          Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794) and 49 CFR part 27 regarding discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

 

Signature: ________________________________      Date: ________________________

Print Name:  ______________________________  

Title:  ____________________________________  

 

__________________________________________     Date: _________________________

Ronnie Porter                                                               

Director, TDOT Program Development &

Administration Division

                                               

                                               


Adoption Resolution

A RESOLUTION OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE JOHNSON CITY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ORGANIZATION (MTPO)

To Approve and Adopt the Fiscal Years 2020 – 2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

              WHEREAS, the Johnson City MTPO is responsible for carrying out a comprehensive, cooperative, and continuing transportation planning process throughout portions of Carter, Sullivan and Washington Counties; and

              WHEREAS, the FAST Act requires that each MPO adopt a four-year work program that consists of a program of transportation projects to be advanced during the program period; and

              WHEREAS, the TIP is comprised of projects that are derived from the MTPO’s adopted 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which serves as a guide for the development of the TIP; and

              WHEREAS, the Johnson City MTPO Executive Board determines the use of various Federal Highway Administration funds, including Surface Transportation Block Grant Program, National Highway Performance Program, Highway Safety Improvement Program, Federal Transit Administration programs, and other federal transportation funds that are made available for Johnson City MTPO area projects, as listed in the TIP; and

 

              WHEREAS, no Johnson City MTPO area highway or transit projects are eligible for Federal funds until they are programmed into the TIP; and

 

              WHEREAS, the Johnson City MTPO has involved the public and interested stakeholders as detailed by the Public Participation Plan, which includes a public review and comment period of no less than fourteen (14) calendar days and a formal public hearing; and

 

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Executive Board of the Johnson City Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization hereby approves and adopts the Johnson City MTPO Fiscal Years 2020 – 2023 TIP.

 

MTPO Executive Board, Chair                                                                          Date

 


MTPO Executive Staff, Chair                                                                            Date


 

List of Abbreviations

AC                       Advanced Construction

ADA                    Americans with Disabilities Act

ACQ                    Acquisition of vehicles or equipment

ACNHPP             Advance Construction National Highway Performance Program

CAP                     Capital Expenditure

CFR                     Code of Federal Regulations

CMAQ                Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program

CONST                Construction

E+C                     Existing plus Committed       

ENH                    Transportation Enhancements

ER                       Emergency Relief Program

FAST                   Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act        

FHWA                 Federal Highway Administration

FLAP                   Federal Lands Access Program

FLTP                    Federal Lands Transportation Program

FTA                     Federal Transit Administration

FFY                      Federal Fiscal Year

HSIP                    Highway Safety Improvement Program

IA                        Improving Manufacturing Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy (IMPROVE) Act

ITS                       Intelligent Transportation System

JC                        Johnson City

JCT                      Johnson City Transit System

MAINT                Maintenance

MAP-21              Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act

MOA                   Memorandum of Agreement

MPA                   Metropolitan Planning Area

MPO                   Metropolitan Planning Organization

MTP                    Metropolitan Transportation Plan

MTPO                 Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization

NEPA                  National Environment Policy Act

NET Trans           Northeast Tennessee Rural Public Transit

NHFP                  National Highway Freight Program

NHPP                  National Highway Performance Program

NHS                    National Highway System

OP                       Operating Expenditure

PE-N                   Preliminary Engineering (NEPA)

PE-D                   Preliminary Engineering (Design)

PHSIP                  Penalty Highway Safety Improvement Program

PM                      Performance Measures

POP                    Program of Projects

PPP                     Public Participation Plan

ROW                   Right of Way

RTP                     Recreational Trails Program

SHSP                   Strategic Highway Safety Plan

SR                       State Route

STBG-M              Surface Transportation Block Grant Program – MPO

STBG-S                Surface Transportation Block Grant Program – State

STIP                    State Transportation Improvement Program

STP                     Surface Transportation Program

TAP                     Transportation Alternatives Program

TERM                  Transit Economic Requirements Model

TDOT                  Tennessee Department of Transportation

TIP                      Transportation Improvement Program

TR                       Training

U.S.C.                  United States Code

YOE                     Year of Expenditure

1         Introduction

 

1.1      About the Johnson City MTPO

The Johnson City Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO) was established in 1982 when the 1980 Census identified the Johnson City Urbanized Area (urban areas with a population of at least 50,000).  Federal law requires the Johnson City MTPO to conduct transportation planning activities within the Johnson City Urbanized Area in a continuous, cooperative, and comprehensive process, as defined in the following federal legislation and regulations:

·       Current Transportation Authorization – Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act;

·       Past Transportation Authorization – Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act;

·       Metropolitan Transportation Planning – Title 23 of the United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 134;

·       Formula Grant Program for Metropolitan Planning – Title 49 of the U.S.C., Section 5303;

·       Metropolitan Transportation Planning and Programming – Title 23 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 450; and

·       Metropolitan Transportation Planning and Programming –Title 49 of the CFR, Section 613, Subpart A.

1.2      Metropolitan Planning Area

Under current federal law, at a minimum, any urbanized area with a population over 50,000 must be in a Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) for a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The MPA is a boundary around the urbanized area that identifies additional areas that are expected to become urbanized within the next twenty (20) years.  The Johnson City MTPO MPA consists of the Town of Bluff City, the City of Elizabethton, the City of Johnson City, the Town of Jonesborough, a portion of the Town of Unicoi, and parts of Carter, Sullivan and Washington Counties.  The map in Figure 1 on the next page shows the Johnson City MTPO Urbanized Area, as well as the MPA boundaries.  The current boundary was adopted by the Johnson City MTPO Executive Board at its meeting on October 9, 2014 and approved by the Governor of the State of Tennessee on December 17, 2014.

1.3      Organizational Structure 

The Johnson City MTPO is comprised of an Executive Board, an Executive Staff (technical committee) and administrative staff.  The Executive Board is the overall governing body for the Johnson City MTPO and is supported by the Executive Staff and the Johnson City MTPO administrative staff.  The administrative staff of the Johnson City MTPO is housed as a division of the Development Services Department of the City of Johnson City.  As required by federal law, the Johnson City MTPO is responsible for coordinating transportation planning activities for all its member jurisdictions.  Figure 2 on page 12 shows the Organizational Structure of the Johnson City MTPO.

Figure 1

Map of Johnson City Area

         

Figure 2

Johnson City MTPO Organizational Chart

Johnson City MTPO Organizational Chart

 

 

1.4      Purpose of the Document

As part of the metropolitan planning requirements, the Johnson City MTPO develops and regularly updates a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).  The purpose of the TIP is to identify and program all transportation projects within the Johnson City MPA that are funded by federal programs in Titles 23 (Highways) and 49 (Transportation) of the U.S.C.  The TIP is cooperatively developed at least every four (4) years by the Johnson City MTPO administrative staff in conjunction with its member jurisdictions, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and providers of public transportation.  The TIP is included by reference in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and adopted by the Johnson City MTPO Executive Board and the Governor of the State of Tennessee.  The TIP contains all federally funded and regionally significant locally funded projects, of which no regionally significant locally funded projects are currently planned. The TIP includes proposed federally funded capital and non-capital surface transportation projects or project phases. 

Once a draft TIP is completed, it is submitted to TDOT, FHWA, and FTA for comments. Once the comments have been adequately addressed, the TIP follows the process in the Public Participation Plan (as described in page 16) to provide public notice and an opportunity for the public to comment.  Once any public comments are addressed, the TIP is recommended for adoption by the Johnson City MTPO Executive Board.  Then, the final TIP is forwarded to TDOT to be included by reference in the STIP and approved by FHWA and FTA.

 

2         Program Development

The projects that can be included in the TIP range from new construction and capital improvements for highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, intercity transportation, to operational and safety improvements.  Consideration is also given to operational strategies from the Johnson City MTPO Regional Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Architecture, the Johnson City Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plans, TDOT’s Three Year Work Program and 25-Year Long-Range Transportation Policy Plan, the Johnson City Unified Planning Work Program, and the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) for Tennessee.  Also considered are subarea and corridor studies, such as the Washington County Thoroughfare Plan. 

2.1      Planning Horizon

All projects in the TIP are derived from the Johnson City MTPO 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), which is a plan that is required to cover at least a twenty (20) year timeframe of planning for projects in the future.  TIP projects include either the MTP (Regional Plan ID) Project Number or state the project is consistent with the overall objectives with the MTP.  The 2045 MTP was adopted on February 22, 2018.  At a minimum, the TIP is required to cover at least a four (4) year horizon.  This TIP covers the federal fiscal years (FFYs) period of October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2023.  The previous TIP covered the FFYs period of October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2020 and was adopted on November 4, 2016.  The next TIP will cover the FFYs period of October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2026, and the development cycle will begin in early 2022.

2.2      Project Selection

The Johnson City MTPO considered many factors important to the area during its project selection process, which are the same as the previous TIP.  Those factors are shown in Table 1 on the next page.  Projects that are submitted by local jurisdictions are scored according to the factors for inclusion in the TIP.  More detail on the project selection process is provided in Section 9.4 on page 41.  A call for projects was issued during the Executive Board meeting on November 14, 2018; however, no new highway projects were submitted. Staff consulted with local jurisdictions and TDOT to determine the status of projects in the current TIP.  Staff also reviewed available funding and the capacity of the local governments to provide the required match to the federal funds for carryover projects.  A draft list of the carryover projects were presented to the Executive Board and Executive Staff on August 28, 2019. The final TIP will then be formally presented to the Executive Board, which has the responsibility as the governing policy board to adopt the TIP.  Projects in the first year of the TIP constitute an agreed to list of projects for inclusion in the TIP.

2.3      Project Phases

The TIP is just one part of a project’s journey through the planning and approval process.  Projects in the TIP must first appear in the 2045 MTP, which was adopted on February 22, 2018.  One project can have many phases – preliminary engineering, environmental process, design, right-of-way purchase, and finally, construction.  It can take many years for one project to complete all phases and be ready for construction, so not all phases may be included in this TIP.  In order to add a project phase to the TIP, funding must be identified and be readily expected to be available in order to ensure the TIP remains fiscally constrained.  Table 2 on page 15 lists the types of project phases found in the TIP and a brief description, along with a Glossary in Appendix D that provides in-depth descriptions.

 

Table 1

TIP Project Selection Criteria

Criteria

Points Available

CONSISTENCY WITH PLANS

In previous TIP or related project in TIP

15

Consistent with growth plan/land use/ ITS Architecture plans

8

CONGESTION MANAGEMENT

Reduces/manages congestion in travel demand model

8

Improves traffic operations

10

Transit capital improvement

2

Alternative mode (bike, pedestrian, and other modes)

5

ITS project

2

TRAFFIC CIRCULATION

Improves access to major highways

5

Provides/enhances connection between modes

4

Enhances connectivity of street network

14

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Improves facility for freight movement (air, rail, distribution)

2

Enhances economic development investments

10

AIR QUALITY

Promotes positive affect on air quality

2

SAFETY MANAGEMENT

Promotes/improves safety

7

VALUE ADDED

Local Match greater than minimum required

2

Right of Way (ROW) was donated, engineering already complete, etc.

4

                                       TOTAL

100

 

2.4      Advanced Construction

Advanced Construction (AC) is a technique which allows a State to initiate a project using non-federal funds while preserving eligibility for future Federal-Aid funds. Eligibility means that FHWA has determined that the project technically qualifies for Federal-Aid; however, no present or future federal funds are committed to the project. After an AC project is authorized, the state may convert the project to regular Federal-Aid funding provided Federal funds are made available for the project.

An AC project must meet the same requirements and be processed in the same manner as a regular Federal-Aid project. All phases of a project must meet federal requirements for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act (Uniform Act), etc., when any phase is implemented with Federal-Aid funds.


Table 2

Types of Project Phases

Project Phase

Acronym

Description

Acquisition/Purchase

ACQ

Procuring equipment, software, or vehicles

Capital

CAP

Capital Expenditures, including capitalized preventive maintenance on revenue vehicles

Construction

CONST

Work by the agency or contractor(s) to construct the project, possibly including utility relocation

Maintenance

MAINT

Activities to maintain the transportation/transit system

Operations

OP

Operating the transportation system such as incurring costs related to the day-to-day operations or maintenance of transit vehicle systems, traffic signal systems, or intelligent transportation systems

Preliminary Engineering – NEPA

PE-N

Includes activities from the inception of the project, fulfilling the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and all applicable legislation, regulations, executive orders, and directives, up to the approval of the environmental document

Preliminary Engineering – Design

PE-D

Preliminary engineering design work, in which general project location and design concepts are determined

Right-of-Way

ROW

Work from the distribution of ROW plans up to advertising for bids or commencement of work by the Agency, dealing with real property acquisition, temporary and permanent easements, and utility relocation

 

2.5      National Transportation Goals

Title 23 of the U.S.C., Section 150(b) lists a set of seven (7) national transportation goals for the federal-aid highway system:

(1)    Safety – To achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads.

(2)    Infrastructure condition – To maintain the highway infrastructure asset system in a state of good repair.

(3)    Congestion reduction – To achieve a significant reduction in congestion on the National Highway System.

(4)    System reliability – To improve the efficiency of the surface transportation system.

(5)    Freight movement and economic vitality – To improve the National Highway Freight Network, strengthen the ability of rural communities to access national and international trade markets, and support regional economic development.

(6)    Environmental sustainability – To enhance the performance of the transportation system while protecting and enhancing the natural environment.

(7)    Reduced project delivery delays – To reduce project costs, promote jobs and the economy, and expedite the movement of people and goods by accelerating project completion through eliminating delays in the project development and delivery process, including reducing regulatory burdens and improving agencies’ work practices.

2.6      Federal Planning Factors

In addition to project selection criteria, the Johnson City MTPO also considered the ten (10) planning factors identified in the current transportation authorizing legislation, FAST Act, which requires MPOs to focus efforts on regional strategies that:

 

(1)    Support the economic vitality of the metropolitan area, especially by enabling global competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency;

(2)    Increase the safety of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users;

(3)    Increase the security of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users;

(4)    Increase the accessibility and mobility of people and freight;

(5)    Protect and enhance the environment, promote energy conservation, improve the quality of life, and promote consistency between transportation improvements and State and local planned growth and economic development patterns;

(6)    Enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system across and between modes, for people and freight;

(7)    Promote efficient system management and operation;

(8)    Emphasize the preservation of the existing transportation system;

(9)    Improve the resiliency and reliability of the transportation system and reduce or mitigate stormwater impacts of surface transportation; and

(10) Enhance travel and tourism.

3         Public Participation

The Johnson City MTPO Public Participation Plan (PPP) provides guidelines for how the public and interested stakeholders will be involved in the development of the TIP.  Throughout the development of the MTP and the TIP, the public and interested stakeholders are given an opportunity to comment.  The full document is available on the website at https://jcmpo.org/ppp.html.     

Throughout the development of the MTP, significant public input was gathered from online surveys and public meetings with local civic groups and economic round tables.  In addition to this, the MTP was made available for thirty (30) calendar days for the public to comment.  All projects in the TIP must either be in the MTP or consistent with the MTP, thus the public has already been made aware of planned projects and has been provided with the opportunity to comment.

To build on this process, the TIP process includes additional opportunities for the public to be involved.  Following the process outlined in the PPP, the draft TIP is available to the public for review and comment for fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of the public notice in the regional newspaper, the Johnson City Press.  The notices and document are made available on the Johnson City MTPO website and posted on the Twitter account @JohnsonCityMTPO and Facebook account @JohnsonCityMPO.  During this review period, a public hearing is held to present the TIP to the public and provide an opportunity for comments.  All public participation documentation and comments are compiled for inclusion in Appendix A of the TIP document and presented to the Executive Board.  If there are significant comments, the Executive Board may choose to postpone the adoption of the TIP until such time these comments can be addressed.  If the TIP document changes significantly, the Executive Board may decide to request an additional review period to afford the public the opportunity to comment on the revisions.

3.1      Coordination and Consultation Process

As part of the “Consultation Process” required by Section 450.316 of the CFR, the Johnson City MTPO has established contact with federal and state agencies.  Formal coordination with these agencies will help to identify effective mitigation strategies for potential impacts of projects included in the Johnson City MTPO’s MTP and TIP.  The Johnson City MTPO public participation processes shall be coordinated with the statewide transportation public involvement process through review and communication wherever possible.  The Johnson City MTPO Interagency Consultation List is available as Appendix C in the PPP.  A checklist from the PPP for adoption of the TIP is shown as Table 3 below.

 

Table 3

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Checklist

Activity

Technique(s)

Draft Document

Available online at www.jcmpo.org and at the Johnson City MTPO office.

Comment Opportunities

  • Public Hearing and Workshops
  • Electronic Surveys or Comment Forms
  • During standard public meetings, such as Executive Board/Staff meetings
  • In person or by mail to the Johnson City MTPO Office

Public Notice & Comment Period

14 Calendar Days, beginning with public notice in a regional newspaper and on the Johnson City MTPO website at www.jcmpo.org, and on Twitter.

Public Hearing

Public hearing will be held during the public comment period.

Public Meeting/Hearing Notice

Published a minimum of seven (7) calendar days prior to the public meeting/hearing in the Johnson City Press, on the website and on Twitter.

Amendment Notice

Amendments to the TIP will follow the same public review process and procedures as that of TIP adoption.

Summary of comments received

A public comment summary will be made available to members of the Executive Board prior to the meeting for the TIP adoption/amendment.  Written and verbal comments are summarized and incorporated into the final document.  If significant changes are made after addressing the comments, additional opportunity for public comment will be provided.

Final, adopted document availability

The final, adopted TIP document will be available on the Johnson City MTPO website and at the administrative office.

 

3.2      Title VI / Environmental Justice

As with all processes and projects in the Johnson City MTPO, Title VI, Environmental Justice, and the ADA are a priority.  Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, or national origin.  Specifically, Title 42 of the U.S.C., Section 2000d states, “No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”  Environmental Justice, Executive Order 12898 of 1994 states, “Each Federal agency shall make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations.”  In addition to the Executive Order, the US DOT issued Order 5610.2(a), which provides directive about how Environmental Justice communities are to be addressed in the planning process. 

All projects using federal highway trust funds for the Johnson City MTPO comply with Title VI and Environmental Justice.  Figure 3 below displays the census block groups in the four-county region according to their percent of minority population compared to a threshold of 9.3 percent for the Johnson City Urbanized Area, along with the TIP project locations, which increase safety and ease of access. The Johnson City MTPO has procedures for addressing Title VI complaints by making available a complaint form and an instruction document, in both English and Spanish languages, on our website at https://jcmpo.org/titlevi.html.  Staff has also published a Title VI notice in the Johnson City Press in January 2019, in both English and Spanish languages. The TIP document can also be translated into another language, upon request.

Figure 3

TIP Project Locations in Areas with Minority Populations

Map of Minority Areas in Johnson City

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

 

 

3.3      ADA and Transition Plans

As part of FHWA’s regulatory responsibility under Title II of the ADA of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the FHWA ensures that recipients of Federal aid and State and local entities that are responsible for roadways and pedestrian facilities do not discriminate on the basis of disability in any highway transportation program activity, service, or benefit they provide to the general public; and to ensure that people with disabilities have equitable opportunities to use the public rights-of-way system. 

Table 4 below describes the status of the ADA Transition Plans that are required for cities and counties with 50 or more employees.

Table 4

Status of ADA Transition Plans

Jurisdiction with 50 or more employees

ADA Coordinator Identified

ADA Grievance Procedures Developed & Published

Self-Evaluation Completed

ADA Transition Plan

Completed

City of Elizabethton, TN

In Progress

In Progress (contract with consultant by the end of 2019)

City of Johnson City, TN

In Progress – Partially done

Town of Jonesborough, TN

Carter County, TN

In progress (completed by fall 2019)

Sullivan County, TN

In progress (completed by summer 2019)

Washington County, TN

 

 

3.4      Public Transportation Program of Projects

Local public transportation providers rely on its coordination with the Johnson City MTPO public participation process outlined in the PPP to ensure public awareness and outreach of the agencies’ Program of Projects (POP).  Johnson City MTPO’s public involvement activities, public notices, and public comment periods on the TIP will satisfy the POP requirement of the Urbanized Area Formula Program (Section 5307) administered by FTA.

Public notices of the TIP will state: “Public involvement activities and time established for public review and comment on the TIP will satisfy the Program of Projects requirement for the Federal Transit Administration Urbanized Area Formula Program.”

3.5      Annual Listing of Obligated Projects

At the end of each federal fiscal year, an annual listing of obligated projects, including investments in pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities, for which federal funds have been obligated in the preceding year, will be published or otherwise made available by the cooperative effort of the state, transit operator and metropolitan planning organization for public review.  The listing will be consistent with the categories identified in the TIP. The listing includes both highway (FHWA) and transit (FTA) projects.  Notice will be given through the website, under the “Projects & Info” tab, on the Twitter account @JohnsonCityMTPO and the Facebook account @JohnsonCityMPO.  The listing will be distributed and discussed at the Executive Board/Staff meetings, along with the listing emailed to the members. 

4         Financial Plan

4.1      Fiscal Constraint

The TIP is required to include a financial plan that demonstrates how the program of projects can be implemented.  This includes identifying eligible federal, state, and local funding sources.  Member jurisdictions of the Johnson City MTPO, TDOT and other agencies that reside in the Johnson City MTPO MPA boundary have submitted projects and indicated they have the financial resources to provide the necessary local matching funds to complete their projects.  If funding revenues change, either in the positive or negative level, the TIP will be adjusted or amended when necessary.

Detailed financial breakdowns are included in the Summary Tables in Section G of this document.   The total amount of money available in each funding category is shown, as well as the total amount of programmed expenditures and remaining funds by funding source by year.  The tables show that programmed expenditures are within the balance of expected fund allocations in accordance with the requirements of the FAST Act.  Therefore, the TIP is “fiscally constrained.”

4.2      Revenue Sources

The annual allocation of Surface Transportation Block Grant Program – MPO funds (STBG-M) for the Johnson City Urbanized Area is estimated at $1,759,000 for each fiscal year. The Tennessee Department of Transportation provided this estimate to the Johnson City MTPO.  STBG funds are federal funds that come from the Highway Trust Fund through fuel taxes and authorized with the transportation reauthorization Act.  In recent years, due to shortfalls, the Highway Trust Fund has been supplemented with general budget appropriations.  The current act, the FAST Act, expires on September 30, 2020.   Due to expiration of FAST Act, we have been advised by TDOT not to expect an increase of STBG-M allocation to for the MTPO.  STBG-M funds are the primary funding source for non-transit transportation projects funded by the Johnson City MTPO.  Local matching funds for projects are provided by jurisdictions through their own revenue sources, primarily through property and sales taxes.  In developing the TIP, the Johnson City MTPO used the annual allocation to program projects, covering multiple years in the TIP, to ensure they do not exceed projections; however, the annual allocation can vary from year to year, depending upon revenue from the highway trust fund, changes to the gas tax, congressional rescissions, new transportation authorization legislation or other external influences.  If this occurs, the Johnson City MTPO will adjust the TIP accordingly.

The Johnson City MTPO works closely with public transportation providers in forecasting transit revenue to include in the TIP, taking into consideration historic funding from the Governor’s allocation of Section 5307 funds and discretionary grant funding in other programs, such as Section 5339. 

4.3      Cost Estimation

Each project listed in this TIP has a cost estimate assigned to it.  These cost estimates were derived through consultation with local jurisdictions, consultants, the Johnson City MTPO staff, public transportation providers, and TDOT, as was done in developing the MTP.  The Johnson City MTPO staff also uses a conceptual planning cost estimation tool provided by TDOT.  The Johnson City MTPO used Year of Expenditure (YOE) to calculate future costs.  Johnson City MTPO funding requirements are compiled from available data for future expected capital, operating, and maintenance expenditures for highways, transit, and bike/pedestrian transportation modes, as well as from historical expenditures, which have been projected with a 2.5% inflation rate.  This rate was determined using historic data. 

This TIP was particularly challenging since STBG-M funds and matching funds from the local government will not cover the cost of all existing projects proposed for the TIP. Since the TIP is required to be fiscally constrained, only existing projects that can be fully funded are included in this TIP as ongoing projects.

Therefore, one project has been placed on the illustrative list of projects until funding can be secured to complete the construction phase.  This is due to the escalation of costs for the project.  The project sponsor is working diligently to re-evaluate alternatives to reduce the construction costs, “rightsizing” the project while maintaining the same footprint, exploring the possibility of developing the project by phases and looking for additional revenue sources.  Therefore, at this time, it would be irresponsible of the MTPO to program STBG-M funds for new projects, until existing projects can be funded. Furthermore, it would create unrealistic expectations for the public.

4.4      Ongoing Maintenance and Operations Cost

The Johnson City MTPO and its member jurisdictions must assure the maintenance and efficient operation of existing transportation infrastructure.  Maintenance activities are those that occur primarily in reaction to situations that have an immediate or imminent adverse impact on the safety or availability of transportation facilities, such as pavement resurfacing and markings, street lighting, sidewalk repair, sinkhole repair, bridge repair, guardrail and sign replacement, and traffic signal maintenance.  Operations may include more routine items such as painting and right-of-way maintenance.  While these annual activities are not funded through or scheduled in the TIP, they are included in Table 5 on the next page to demonstrate that jurisdictions and agencies have the resources to operate and maintain the new or improved facilities, equipment, and services programmed in the TIP.  These numbers are based on uncertain economic growth.  Actual numbers may change.  For future years, a conservative estimate of a one (1) percent increase in the budget was used and is shown in the Financial Summary of Highway Funds on page 76. In the event Federal transportation funds were made available for maintenance and operations projects, it would be identified in the TIP.

For public transportation providers, funds are spent on daily operations activities and maintenance of vehicles and equipment, which are principal components in sustaining a safe and efficient public transportation infrastructure.  Table 6 on the next page provides estimated annual operations and maintenance costs for the public transportation providers.

 

Table 5

Highway Maintenance and Operations Budgets – FFY 2020

Jurisdiction

Estimated Annual Revenues

Estimated Annual Costs

Town of Bluff City, TN

$357,400

$357,400

City of Elizabethton, TN

$3,429,320

$3,429,320

City of Johnson City, TN

$15,286,640

$15,286,640

Town of Jonesborough, TN

$1,088,040

$1,088,040

Town of Unicoi, TN

$641,720

$641,720

Town of Watauga, TN

$68,280

$68,280

Carter County, TN*

$5,070,160

$5,070,160

Sullivan County, TN*

$12,761,080

$12,761,080

Unicoi County, TN*

$2,700,240

$2,700,240

Washington County, TN*

$11,347,440

$11,347,440

TDOT

$11,433,200

$11,433,200

Total Annual Budget

$64,183,520

$64,183,520

*These figures include county-wide costs; the Washington County Highway Department operates its own asphalt plant for the county.

Table 6

Public Transportation Maintenance and Operations Budgets

Revenue Source

Estimated Annual Revenues

Estimated Annual Costs

Operating Assistance - FTA 5307

(Federal & Non-Federal Match)

$5,342,254

$5,342,254

Operating Assistance - Other FTA Programs (FTA 5310, Discretionary, etc.)

(Federal & Non-Federal Match)

$449,248

$449,248

TDOT Critical Trips (CRIT) Program

(State & Local Match)

$683,406

$683,406

Total Annual Budget

$6,474,908

$6,474,908

 

4.5      Funding Programs

Over the years, new transportation authorizations have eliminated, consolidated, or created transportation funding programs.  The newest transportation authorization, the FAST Act, was a five-year authorization enacted on December 4, 2015. MAP-21 was a two-year authorization that was enacted July 6, 2012, and extended until December 4, 2015.  Table 7 on the next page summarizes the major funding categories available for transportation projects in the TIP, including a brief description of the types of eligible activities, along with the funding ratio.  Please note that although funding sources discussed in Table 7 may not be in the current TIP, this information is provided to educate stakeholders on the funding that is available and the changes that occurred when the FAST Act was signed into law.  Many stakeholders may be unaware of these changes and still expect a specific program to be available when it was actually changed, eliminated, or consolidated into another program.  Also, the funding ratio may be different for specific safety improvement projects (listed in 23 U.S.C. 120(c)(1)), with up to 100% funded by Federal dollars.

Table 7

Authorized Federal Transportation Funding Programs

FAST Act

Federal Programs

MAP-21

Federal Programs

Description

Funding Ratio

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)

Program is largely the same as it was under MAP-21.

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)

 

 

Provides funding for transportation projects in air quality non-attainment or maintenance areas.  CMAQ projects are designed to contribute toward meeting the national ambient air quality standards.

80%-90% Federal,

0%-10% Non-

Federal

Emergency Relief Program (ER)

Program is largely the same as it was under MAP-21.

Emergency Relief Program (ER)

Provides funding for emergency repairs and permanent repairs on Federal-aid highways and roads, and roads on Federal Lands

80%-100% Federal,

0%-20% Non-

Federal

 

 

Federal Lands and Tribal Transportation Programs (FLTP) (FLAP)

Programs are largely the same as it was under MAP-21.

·   Federal Lands Transportation Program (FLTP)

·   Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP)

 

Provides funding for roads providing access to and within Federal and Indian lands.

80%-100% Federal,

0%-20% Non-

Federal

High Priority Project (HPP)

Not found in the FAST Act; Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 made changes to be able to repurpose old funding.

 

 

Program was eliminated by MAP-21.

 

Provided designated funding for specific projects through congressional earmarks. States are now allowed to repurpose certain funds originally earmarked for specific projects more than 10 years ago.

 

80% Federal,

20% Non-

Federal

Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) (PHSIP)

Program is largely the same as it was under MAP-21, but activity must be listed in statute to be eligible.

 

Highway Safety Improvement Program

(HSIP) / Penalty Highway Safety Improvement Program (PHSIP)

Provides funding for strategies, activities, and projects on a public road that is consistent with a data-driven State Strategic Highway Safety Plan, and corrects/improves a hazardous road location/feature or addresses a highway safety program. If a state does not enforce the open container or minimum penalties for repeat offenders laws, 2 ½ percent of funds shall be reserved for PHSIP activities.  The State of Tennessee Strategic Highway Safety Plan follows guidance provided by FHWA to meet the requirements of the FAST Act to obligate funds under HSIP. 

 

90% Federal

10% Non-

Federal (except as provided in 23 U.S.C. 120 and 130)

National Highway Freight Program (NHFP)

New program in the FAST Act.

N/A

Provides funding for projects on a designated national freight network that is critical to the safe and efficient shipment of freight in the U.S. Projects must be included in a national and state strategic plan for improvements to highway freight transportation.

 

80-90% Federal,

10-20% Non-

Federal

National Highway Performance Program (NHPP)

Program is largely the same as it was under MAP-21, with 4 new eligible categories.

National Highway Performance Program (NHPP)

Provides funding to support for the condition and performance of the National Highway System (NHS), for the construction of new facilities on the NHS, and to ensure that investments of Federal-aid funds in highway construction are directed to support progress toward the achievement of performance targets established in a State’s asset management plan for the NHS.

 

80-90% Federal,

10-20% Non-

Federal

Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBG-M) (STBG-S)

Program’s name is changed to Surface Transportation Block Grant Program. Transportation Alternatives

added as a set-aside.

Surface Transportation Program (STP) - State

Provides funding for roads functionally classified as rural major collector and above.  Funds may be utilized on projects in Rural Areas, Urban Clusters & Urbanized Areas. Other activities include Transportation Alternatives, Safety, and Rail-Highway Crossings.

 

80-90% Federal,

10-20% Non-

Federal

Surface Transportation Program (STP) – MPO

Provides funding to urban areas of 5,000 to 200,000 in population for improvements on routes functionally classified urban collectors or higher.

 

80-90% Federal,

10-20% Non-

Federal

Transportation Alternatives (TAP); previously Transportation Enhancements (ENH)

 

This program is now a set-aside in the STBG for activities such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, safe routes to school projects, historic preservation, environmental mitigation, etc.

80-90% Federal,

10-20% Non-

Federal

Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

Provides funding for the creation, rehabilitation and maintenance of multi-use recreational trails.  However, governor can opt-out to the set-aside from TA funds for this program.

 

80% Federal,

20% Non-

Federal

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

Program was eliminated in the FAST Act.

 

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

No longer a separate program but replaced as a set-aside in the renamed STBG funding formula.

N/A

Urbanized Area Formula Grant (Section 5307)

Program is largely the same as it was under MAP-21.

FTA-5307

Section 5307 is a formula grant program for urbanized areas providing capital, operating, and planning assistance for mass transportation.  Other eligible activities include job access and reverse commute projects.  Operators must maintain equipment & facilities according to the Transit Asset Management Plan.

Capital –

80% Federal,

20% Non-

Federal

Operating – 50% Federal, 50% Non-Federal

 

Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310)

Program is largely the same as it was under MAP-21.

Federal Transit Administration

Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities (FTA-5310)

 

Section 5310 is a formula grant program for urbanized areas that provides funding for operating and capital expenses of state/local governments, non-profit groups, and operators of public transportation providing service to elderly persons or persons with disabilities.

Capital –

80% Federal,

20% Non-

Federal

Operating – 50% Federal, 50% Non-Federal

Formula Grant for Rural Areas (Section 5311)

Program is largely the same as it was under MAP-21.

Federal Transit Administration

Formula Grant for Rural Areas (FTA-5311)

Section 5311 is a formula grant program provided to states to support public transportation in rural areas of less than 50,000 in population.  Funding is available for capital, planning, and operating assistance. 

Capital –

80% Federal,

20% Non-

Federal

Operating – 50% Federal, 50% Non-Federal

 

State of Good Repair (Section 5337)

Program is largely the same as it was under MAP-21.

Federal Transit Administration

State of Good Repair (FTA-3557)

Section 5337 is a formula grant program providing funds for public transportation providers that operate rail fixed-guideway and high-intensity motorbus systems for capital projects to maintain a system in a state of good repair and for transit asset management.

 

80% Federal,

20% Non-

Federal

 

Bus and Bus Facilities (Section 5339)

Program is largely the same as it was under MAP-21.

Federal Transit Administration

Bus and Bus Facilities (FTA-5339)

Section 5339 is a formula grant program provides for the establishment of new rail or bus way projects (new starts), the improvement and maintenance of existing rail and other fixed guideway systems that are more than seven (7) years old, and the upgrading of bus systems.

 

80% Federal,

20% Non-

Federal

Note:  There are other funding programs available in the FAST Act for transportation projects and activities; however, these programs were not reasonably expected to fund any of the projects in this TIP.

5         TIP Amendment and Modification Procedures

The TIP may be modified at any time through two processes.  One is the amendment process and the other is the administrative modification process.  An Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Johnson City MTPO and TDOT has been agreed upon which outlines these processes and requirements.  Extracts from this MOA are outlined in the sections below.  A complete copy of the MOA is provided in Appendix B of this document.

5.1      Project Thresholds

The MOA between the Johnson City MTPO and TDOT identifies the project cost change thresholds that require either an amendment or an administrative modification.  Table 8 on the next page shows the project cost change thresholds, a sliding scale of the total programmed funds of all phases of a project that is shown within the approved TIP and how much of a percentage of that change triggers the amendment process or the administrative modification process.  This applies to FTA projects as well as FHWA projects.  For example, if the total programmed funds is $1 million, and additional funds of $500,000 are being added, the percent cost change is 50 percent, which would require the administrative modification process.  If the total project cost is $ 1 million, and additional funds of $800,000 are being added, the percent cost change is 80 percent, which would require the amendment process.

 

Table 8

Project Cost Change Thresholds

Total programmed funding within the approved STIP/TIP

Amendment

Administrative Modification

Up to $2 million

≥ 75%

< 75%

$2 million to $15 million

≥ 50%

< 50%

$15 million to $75 million

≥ 40%

< 40%

$75 million and above

≥ 30%

< 30%

 

5.2      Amendments

An amendment is a revision to the STIP/TIP that involves major changes to a project or the overall program and must meet the requirements of 23 CFR §450.216 and §450.326 regarding public review and comment, re-demonstration of fiscal constraint, and transportation conformity. An amendment requires TDOT and FHWA/FTA approval. An amendment is required when changes to the STIP/TIP include:

 

·       A major change in the total project cost (excluding groupings) (see discussion on project cost change thresholds above); or

·       Adding a new project or deleting a project from the STIP/TIP; or

·       A major change of project scope; examples include, but are not limited to, changing the number of through-lanes, adding/deleting non-motorized facilities, changing mode (e.g., rolling stock or facility type for transit), changing capital category (i.e., transit funding), or changing termini; or

·       Any change requiring a new regional air quality conformity finding (including a grouping); or

·       Moving funds between an MPO TIP and STIP unless a written agreement exists between the MPO and TDOT that such an action may be a processed as an administrative modification; or

·       Moving funds between an MPO’s TIP and another MPO’s TIP unless a written agreement exists between each MPO and TDOT that such an action may be processed as an administrative modification.

 

5.3      Administrative Modifications

An administrative modification is a minor change from the approved STIP/TIP. Administrative modifications must be consistent with 23 CFR Part 450, but they do not require public review and comment, or a conformity determination in non-attainment or maintenance areas. STIP/TIP administrative modifications are defined as follows:

 

·       A minor change in the total project cost (see project cost change thresholds);

·       A minor change in project description that does not change the air quality conformity finding in maintenance and/or non-attainment areas; or

·       A minor change in project description/termini that is for clarification and does not change the project scope such as a length change for reasonable transition purposes; or

·       Shifting funds between projects within the STIP/TIP (i.e., funding sources and projects already identified in the STIP/TIP) if the change does not result in a cost increase greater than the amendment threshold (see project cost change thresholds listed above) for the total project cost of all phases shown within the approved STIP/TIP; or

·       Adding an amount of funds already identified in the STIP/TIP for the current or previous year(s) if:

o   The funds are currently identified in the STIP/TIP either in an existing project or as available funds; and

o   The change does not result in a cost increase greater than the amendment threshold (project cost change thresholds listed above) for the total project cost of all phases shown within the approved STIP/TIP; or

·       Moving project phases or funding from year to year within an approved STIP/TIP, except those that cross air quality horizon years; or

·       Adding any phase (if total project cost includes all phases), such as environmental or location study, preliminary engineering, right-of-way, or construction to a project in the STIP/TIP so long as such a change does not result in a cost increase greater than the amendment threshold (see project cost change thresholds) for the total project cost of all phases shown within the approved/amended STIP/TIP; or

·       Changes required to follow FHWA or FTA instructions as to the withdrawal of funds or re-establishment of funds withdrawn at the request of FHWA or FTA; or

·       Moving funds between similarly labeled groupings, regardless of percent of change; or

·       Adjustments in revenue to match actual revenue receipts; or

·       Adding a project with 100% state or non-federal funding for all phases that does not change the air quality conformity finding in maintenance and/or non-attainment areas.

6         Status of Projects in FYs 2017-2020 TIP

On November 14, 2018, the Johnson City MTPO notified its members during the Executive Board meeting that a new TIP would be developed and issued a call for projects.  With this notification, it was found there was a back log of projects that would be required to be carried over into the new TIP.  Staff met individually with each jurisdiction to review current projects and their status, available funding, and capacity for matching local funds for projects.   Tables 9 and 10 on the next few pages provide a summary of the status update of the projects.  Please note that reoccurring groupings, listed below, are on-going projects with no particular status:

·       Surface Transportation Block Grant Program Grouping (90400, STBG-State funds) (this grouping has a new name in this TIP called Surface Transportation System Preservation and Operation Grouping);

·       National Highway Performance Program Grouping (90500, NHPP funds) (this grouping has a new name in this TIP called National Highway System Preservation and Operation Grouping);

·       Highway Safety Improvement Program Grouping (90600, HSIP/PHSIP funds) (this grouping has a new name in this TIP called Safety Grouping); and

·       Transportation Enhancements Grouping (2017-13, TAP funds) (this grouping has a new name in this TIP called Transportation Alternatives Program Grouping).


Table 9

Status of Projects in FYs 2017-2020 TIP

TIP No.

TDOT PIN

TIP Page No.

Project Name

(Location)

Description

Status

2014-12

118859.00

A-1

Signalization improvements at two intersections (Elizabethton)

Upgrade/install traffic signals at State Route (SR) 67/SR 359 (Milligan Hwy) and SR 67/Mill Street

Completed in 2018

2013-02

A-2

Adaptive Signal Control Phase 1

(Johnson City)

Add adaptive signal control on SR 381 (N State of Franklin Rd) in the vicinity of I-26 to improve safety & reduce congestion

Not started

2014-11

A-3

Adaptive Signal Control Phase 2

(Johnson City)

Deployment of real-time adaptive traffic signal control technologies (hardware/ software) that will adjust to changing traffic conditions throughout a 24/7 cycle

Not started

2010-04

A-4

Traffic Circle for Greenline Road

(Johnson City)

Installation of traffic circle at the intersection of Greenline Rd and Peoples St

Constructed as a traffic signal with 100% local funds

2014-01

125528.00

A-5

Elk Avenue Bridge Repair (Elizabethton)

Repair and rehab the Elk Avenue bridge over the Doe River due to deterioration

Currently in PE Phase; Construction estimated to begin in FY 2020

2017-01

127849.00

A-6

SR 67/91/US 321 at SR 37/US 19E Traffic Signal Upgrade

(Elizabethton)

Upgrade and install traffic signal at intersection of SR-37 (US-19E), Intersection at SR-67 (SR-91/US-321/ Broad Street) to improve safety and congestion, such as mast arms, emergency pre-emption devices, advanced traffic controls, etc.

Currently in PE Phase; Construction estimated to begin in FY 2020

2017-02

127426.00

A-7

SR 34 at Industrial Park Rd Traffic Signal Upgrade

(Bluff City)

Upgrade traffic signal to improve safety and congestion, such as mast arms, emergency pre-emption

devices, advanced traffic controls, etc.

Currently in PE Phase; Construction estimated to begin in FY 2020

2006-12

102618.00

 

A-8

VA Hospital Connector

(Johnson City)

Construct a new 2 lane access road from SR 034 (West Market St) to Ashe Ave

Completed in 2017

2008-05

111351.00

A-9

SR 381 at Indian Ridge Improvements (Johnson City)

Add turn lanes, bridge rehabilitation at intersection of SR 381 (N State of Franklin Rd) and Indian Ridge Rd

Completed in 2019

2010-05

114592.00

A-10

Traffic Circle for Mountainview Rd (Johnson City)

Installation of traffic circle at the intersection of Mountainview Rd and Browns Mill Rd

Completed in 2017

2017-14

125177.00

A-11

Traffic Signal for State of Franklin Rd and Harris Drive

(Johnson City)

Installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of SR381 (State of Franklin Road) and Harris Drive

Currently in PE Phase; Construction estimated to begin FY 2020

2017-16

 

A-12

Traffic Signal for SR 34 (US 11E/ E Jackson Blvd) & Smith Ln

(Jonesborough)

Installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of SR 34 (US 11E/East Jackson Boulevard) and

Smith Lane.

Not Started

2017-21

128783.00

A-13

Elizabethton ADA Transition Plan

(Elizabethton)

The City of Elizabethton will complete an ADA Transition Plan that will improve accessibility to those with

disabilities to comply with ADA requirements.

Contract for consultant to be issued by end of 2019

2011-30

112456.00

D-1

I-26 Exit 17

(Johnson City)

Interchange Modification

Currently in Construction Phase; estimated to be completed by 2021

2011-31

112457.00

D-2

I-26 Exit 24

(Johnson City)

Construct auxiliary lane and widen eastbound I-26 travel lane, from the end of the on-ramp from SR-91 to the interchange with SR-67 (U.S. 321)

Completed in 2018

2006-10

043975.01

E-1

SR 91 Extension

(Elizabethton)

Resurface and restripe existing 5-lane, reconstruct 4-lane to 5-lane, add curb and gutter section, add

sidewalk section, reconfigure intersection of North Roan St and East Elk Ave.

Currently in ROW Phase; Construction estimated to begin FY 2020


 

Table 10

Status of FTA Transit Projects

TIP No.

 

TIP Page No.

Project Name

(Agency)

Description

Status

2017-08

F-1

Operating Expenses

(Johnson City Transit)

Daily operating of fixed route and demand response service (including employees' wages, fuel and oil,

insurance, radio communications, operating supplies, and utilities) and capitalized ADA complementary

paratransit service.

On-Going

2017-09

F-2

Capital Expenses

(Johnson City Transit)

Capitalized Preventive Maintenance (labor, parts, and periodic routine services) and other capital,

including support equipment, associated capital, passenger waiting shelters and bus stop signs)

On-Going

2017-10

F-3

Para-Transit Vehicles/Buses/ Technology

(Johnson City Transit)

Acquisition of paratransit vehicles, buses, and/or technology

5 buses delivered in 2019; 10 paratransit vehicles acquired; paratransit software deployed

2017-11

F-4

Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals w/ Disabilities

(Johnson City Transit)

Funds operating assistance, capital purchases, and program administration of Enhanced Mobility of

Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (formerly New Freedom) route service.

On-Going

2017-12

F-5

Dawn of Hope Minivan Purchase

Acquisition of 4 ADA vehicles to assist with service expansion for transportation of ADA clients.

Not Started; new state law has drastically changed program

2017-15

F-6

New Freedom (Johnson City Transit)

Funds operating assistance, capital purchases and program administration of the New Freedom route

service.

On-Going with redistributed residual funding

2017-17

F-7

Job Access

(Johnson City Transit)

Funds operating assistance, capital purchases and program administration of the Job Access Program

services.

 

On-Going with redistributed residual funding

2017-18

F-8

Operating Expenses (NET Trans)

Daily operating of demand response transportation services in the urbanized area outside of the corporate City limits including but not limited to: Bluff City, Elizabethton, Unicoi, Telford, Jonesborough. Service will also provide regional connectivity between UZAs. Daily operating of demand response service (including

employees' wages, fuel, insurance, radio communications, operating supplies and utilities).

On-Going

2017-19

F-9

Capital Equipment (NET Trans)

Acquisition of 2 standard rear lift conversion vans to provide transportation services in the urbanized area outside of the corporate City limits.

2 vehicles to be delivered in summer 2019

2017-20

F-10

ADA-Accessible Vehicle for Jonesborough

Senior Center (Jonesborough)

Purchase of an ADA-accessible vehicle to allow the Jonesborough Senior Center to provide transit options for seniors and others with disabilities in the surrounding community.

Vehicle to be delivered in summer 2019

 


 

7         Projects to Carryover from FYs 2017-2020 TIP to FYs 2020-2023 TIP

After the status of a project was assessed, the determination was made whether to carryover the project to the new TIP.  The Executive Staff (technical committee) considered a project’s current status, available funding, and capacity for matching local funds for projects before making the decision to rank the projects and carry them over to the FYs 2020-2023 TIP.  Table 11 below lists the carryover projects.

Table 11

Projects to Carryover from FYs 2017-2020 TIP to FYs 2020-2023 TIP

TIP No.

TDOT PIN

TIP Page No.

Project Name

(Location)

Description

2014-01

125528.00

A-5

Elk Avenue Bridge Repair (Elizabethton)

Repair and rehab the Elk Avenue bridge over the Doe River due to deterioration

2017-01

127849.00

A-6

SR 67/91/US 321 at SR 37/US 19E Traffic Signal Upgrade

(Elizabethton)

Upgrade and install traffic signal at intersection of SR-37 (US-19E), Intersection at SR-67 (SR-91/US-321/ Broad Street) to improve safety and congestion, such as mast arms, emergency pre-emption devices, advanced traffic controls, etc.

 

2017-02

127426.00

A-7

SR 34 at Industrial Park Rd Traffic Signal Upgrade

(Bluff City)

Upgrade traffic signal to improve safety and congestion, such as mast arms, emergency pre-emption

devices, advanced traffic controls, etc.

2017-14

125177.00

A-11

Traffic Signal for State of Franklin Rd and Harris Drive

(Johnson City)

Installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of SR381 (State of Franklin Road) and Harris Drive

2017-16

A-12

Traffic Signal for SR 34 (US 11E/ E Jackson Blvd) & Smith Ln

(Jonesborough)

Installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of SR 34 (US 11E/East Jackson Boulevard) and

Smith Lane.

2017-21

128783.00

A-13

Elizabethton ADA Transition Plan

(Elizabethton)

The City of Elizabethton will complete an ADA Transition Plan that will improve accessibility to those with

disabilities to comply with ADA requirements.

2006-10

043975.01

E-1

SR 91 Extension

(Elizabethton)

Resurface and restripe existing 5-lane, reconstruct 4-lane to 5-lane, add curb and gutter section, add

sidewalk section, reconfigure intersection of North Roan St and East Elk Ave.

 


 

8         Illustrative Projects

Table 12 on the next page provides a listing of illustrative projects, which are un-funded transportation improvement projects within the Johnson City MPA area.  These projects are not financially affordable, given the current assumptions on availability of future transportation funds over the four-year TIP period.  As funding becomes available, these projects will need to be amended into the financially constrained portion of the FY 2020-2023 TIP in order to be funded.

The first project is the Knob Creek Extension project.  At this time, the anticipated level of federal STBG-M funds in the next four years will not be enough to fully fund the construction phase for the Knob Creek Extension project.  Therefore, it will not be programmed into the TIP and will remain an illustrative project to meet the fiscal constraints requirements.  It should be noted this project has been included in several previous TIPs dating back to 2003.  While the Right-of-Way phase is anticipated to be completed by late 2019, additional funding sources for construction must be identified by the project lead, the city of Johnson City, to provide the necessary local match and additional funds for construction of this project.  Once all funding sources are identified to fully fund the construction phase, it is anticipated the city of Johnson City will request to advance this project into the active years of the TIP through an amendment.

The second project is the Jonesborough Parkway project.  The MTPO staff submitted a request to TDOT in 2018 for a needs assessment planning study on this proposed new corridor in Jonesborough.   This project has been included in the last three long-range metropolitan transportation plans.   As of now, this project has not been advanced for a study.  It remains a high priority to address increased traffic congestion for the Jonesborough area on US 11E / State Route 34 and provide better access to I-26 and north Johnson City.


 

Table 12

Illustrative Un-Funded Projects

Project Name

From

To

Length Miles

Type of Improvement

Project Description

Phase

Estimated Cost

Knob Creek Rd Extension

West of Mizpah Hills Dr

Market Place Blvd

0.939

Reconstruction

Construct a new 5-lane road with overpass crossing CSX RR

CONST

$31,201,810

Jonesborough Parkway

SR-354 (Boones Creek Rd)

SR-34/US 11E at Persimmon Ridge Rd

2.7

New Road

Construct a new 3-lane roadway

All Phases

Estimate Needed


 


9         Performance Measures and Targets

 

9.1      What is Performance-Based Planning and Programming?

This section of the TIP outlines performance measures (PM) and targets as part of the performance-based approach to planning and programming activities that were first established by MAP-21 in 2012, then continued by the FAST Act.  Performance-based planning requirements will ensure that the selection of transportation and transit projects show progress toward meeting national goals established to improve the overall transportation and transit system.  The Johnson City MTPO has partnered with TDOT and the two local transit providers, Johnson City Transit System (JCT) and Northeast Tennessee Rural Public Transportation (NET Trans), by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a cooperative process to develop, share and report information related to performance measures and performance targets that will show progress toward national goals, which are explained in more detail in this section. Figure 4 below, provided by FHWA in the Performance-Based Planning and Programming Guidebook, is a guide for how the performance-based planning process affects programming of projects into the TIP. 

Figure 4

Chart of Performance-Based Planning Process

 


9.2      Transportation National Goals with Performance Measures and Targets

Section 2.5 on page 15 of this TIP document defines the seven (7) national goals that were established to address safety, infrastructure, traffic congestion, efficiency, environment, transportation delays, and project delivery delays.  Table 13 below and 14 on the next few pages outlines each national goal, the performance measures that have been established by FHWA to make progress toward meeting those goals, along with their corresponding performance targets, and their status of establishment by TDOT and the Johnson City MTPO. 

Table 13 (PM1)

Transportation National Goals, Performance Measures and Targets

National

Goal

Performance Measure

Baseline

(2013-2017)

Performance Target for

2015-2019[1]

Status for TDOT/MTPO

Safety

Total number of traffic-related fatalities on all public roads

1,001.2

1,022.0

Targets established by TDOT on August 31, 2018 and by Johnson City MTPO on November 14, 2018

Rate of traffic-related fatalities on all public roads per 100 million VMT[2]

1.332

1.291

Total number of traffic-related serious injuries on all public roads

7,226.0

7,374.6

Rate of traffic-related serious injuries on all public roads per 100 million VMT

9.622

9.324