Selection and Funding
The adopted Transportation System Plan (TSP) is a primary source for selecting potential projects and defining the project scope. The TSP incorporates more detailed plans that have been developed for specific areas (such as the Downtown Connectivity Plan adopted in 1997 and the Murray-Scholls Town Center Plan completed in 1999).
Most transportation funding sources have specific restrictions on project eligibility. These restrictions influence the selection of specific projects for funding. Tax increment financing (TIF) funds can be used only on eligible projects specifically listed in the County TIF ordinance. MSTIP-3 funds are assigned to specific regional projects as approved by the voters in 1995. Traffic enhancement funds are reserved in Capital Improvements Project (CIP) No. 3223 for neighborhood traffic calming, school safety improvements, and improvements to the Citywide traffic signal system.
The various grant programs each have specific eligibility criteria; in addition, the City must typically compete regionally or statewide for grant funding. In applying for grant funding, the City selects projects that meet the eligibility criteria and which potentially rank high in the established selection criteria of the grant program. Using the project lists in the TSP and the criteria of the various funding programs, projects are selected to most efficiently use the City’s limited transportation funds to meet its transportation needs.
Project No. 3226 provides a source to fund small projects which may not be covered in the TSP. This project provides a way to respond promptly to resolve safety problems or to provide the City’s matching share on small grants that cannot be anticipated at the time of adoption of the CIP. Project No. 3140 provides a source to fund bikeway projects from state fuel revenues.