Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP)

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Your local property taxes at work

More than 150 transportation projects totaling $900 million have been funded through Washington County's MSTIP – the innovative pay-as-you-go road improvement program funded through countywide property taxes. MSTIP is a key piece of Washington County's transportation funding strategy. It has improved our transportation system for all users—cars, public transit, freight, cyclists and pedestrians.

The Board of County Commissioners (BOC) determines MSTIP funding amounts on a five-year cycle, and the Department of Land Use & Transportation manages MSTIP projects. Most of the money goes back into our local economy – to private-sector planning and engineering firms and to construction contractors on a competitive-bid basis to build projects under County supervision. MSTIP funds are also used to leverage other local, state and federal funds to provide still more funding for transportation improvements.

MSTIP 3d: Fiscal years 2013-14 to 2017-18

The current funding cycle - MSTIP 3d - ended in 2018, with projects scheduled for completion by 2020. MSTIP 3d includes:

  • $160 million for 19 road projects (about $40 million per Commissioner district) that will improve travel for bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists and transit passengers;
  • $10 million to replace deteriorating rural bridges;
  • $5 million "Opportunity Fund" to leverage other local, state and federal transportation funding; and
  • $500,000 for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) improvements to maximize the efficiency of existing roads (advanced traffic signals, driver information signs, lane-use management, etc.)

MSTIP 3e: Fiscal years 2018-19 to 2022-23

MSTIP 3e - is from Fiscal Year 2018-19 through Fiscal Year 2022-23. More than 1,300 comments on potential MSTIP 3e projects were received during a month-long online open house and three in-person open houses. Comments received helped staff identify final projects. On Oct. 4, 2016, the Board approved a $175 million funding allocation ($35 million per year), including:

  • $160 million for 23 road projects (about $40 million per Commissioner district) that will improve travel for bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists and transit passengers;
  • $7.5 million "Opportunity Fund" to leverage other local, state and federal transportation funding;
  • $7 million to replace deteriorating rural bridges; and
  • $500,000 for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) improvements to maximize the efficiency of existing roads (advanced traffic signals, driver information signs, lane-use management, etc.)

MSTIP Opportunity Fund

As part of the MSTIP 3d program, the Board established a $5 million Opportunity Fund to leverage federal, state and other funding as opportunities arise. The Opportunity Fund is flexible and can be applied to different projects and activities, including (but not limited to) pedestrian, bicycle, transit and travel demand management projects.  Learn more: Opportunity Fund Allocation Summary

Which projects receive MSTIP funding?

MSTIP projects are chosen by the Board of County Commissioners. The Washington County Coordinating Committee (WCCC), a group of elected officials from Washington County and cities within it, provides recommendations to the Board. Public input is also sought during the project selection process. Geographic balance is also important to ensure the program benefits travelers in all areas of the County. To be eligible for MSTIP funding, a proposed project must:

  • Improve safety
  • Improve traffic flow/relieve congestion
  • Be on a major road used by many residents
  • Address demands for cars, trucks, bicycles, pedestrians, and/or transit
     

MSTIP informational handout - updated October 2016 (PDF)