Federal Transportation Improvement Program

MCAG is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Merced region. In that capacity, MCAG is required by federal law to prepare a Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) to indicate how the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) will be implemented. With the enactment of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, and the Federal Clean Air Act, the FTIP is subject to provisions for project selection and funding. The FTIP is a four-year list of financially-constrained projects, which are programmed for Federal funding or are regionally significant. The FTIP identifies projects programmed regionally for funding under several programs:

  • Interregional Improvement Program (IIP)
  • Regional Improvement Program (RIP)
  • State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP)
  • Congestion Mitigation / Air Quality Program (CMAQ)
  • Highway Bridge Program (HBP)
  • Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)
  • Federal Transit Administration Section 5307, 5311, 5311(f), 5339 Programs
  • Active Transportation Program (ATP)
  • Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP)
  • Federal Lands Transportation Program (FLTP)
  • Other federal transportation funding programs

Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) are federally-apportioned regional funds. However, since MCAG annually exchanges RSTP for State-Only dollars, these projects do not require programming in the FTIP.

2019 FTIP 

The 2019 FTIP corresponds to projects and funding for the quadrennial period, FFY's2018/19 - 2021/22. Accompanying the 2019 FTIP is the Air Quality Conformity Analysis for the 2019 FTIP and the 2018 RTP/SCS.  

  • Final 2019 FTIP
  • Air Quality Conformity Analysis for 2019 FTIP and for 2018 RTP/SCS

This adopted 2019 FTIP is submitted to Caltrans for inclusion in the 2019 Federal Statewide TransportationImprovement Program (FSTIP).

2017 FTIP 

The FTIP is required to be updated every two years. Prior to adopting the updated FTIP, MCAG must prepare an air quality conformity analysis and find that implementing the FTIP will meet all applicable air quality requirements.

The MCAG Governing Board adopted the 2017 FTIP and Corresponding Conformity Analysis on September 22, 2016. This action followed the public review and comment period, from July 18 to August 19, and the public hearing on August 18, 2016. This adopted 2017 FTIP is submitted to Caltrans for inclusion in the 2017 Federal Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (FSTIP).

The 2017 FSTIP was officially approved on December 16, 2016.

Cost-Effectiveness Documentation for 2019 FTIP

The following is a link to the CMAQ website, which has the cost-effectiveness documentation for the 2019 FTIP.


FTIP is a financially-constrained capital listing of all transportation projects proposed over a four-year period for the MCAG region. As projects are added or changed, the FTIP will require amendments. For this FTIP amendment process, the MCAG Public Participation Plan will be adhered to. 

2017 FTIP Amendments

The following are Grouped Projects Listings:

Obligation Reports for Federal Fiscal Years (FFY)

23 CFR 450.332 requires Metropolitan Planning Organizations, like MCAG, to develop listings of projects (including investments in pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities) for which federal funds were obligated in the preceding program year within 90 calendar days following the end of the program year.

Below is the federal obligation information for the projects.