Monday, June 8, 2009

TIP on Demand shows federally-funded highway projects in region

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) has developed a new tool to allow users to follow transportation projects in their area.

With TIP on Demand, users can navigate throughout the map-based interface to visualize the location of federally-funded highway projects and local transit projects in OKI's eight-county region.

Regina Fauver, project administrator with OKI, says that all aspects of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a short-range element of the OKI 2030 Regional Transportation Program, are available through TIP on Demand.

"Users can zoom in and zoom out to determine the location of the project area and also see where other highway projects are located nearby," she says. "In addition, the user can click on the project and see cost estimates and the year – and quarter in Ohio – the project is anticipated to be sold. A user can also see all the projects located in a specific county with their associated funding and construction date information."

Fauver believes that TIP on Demand will help people better understand how their federal highway dollars are being spent.

"The TIP on Demand, along with associated TIP tables for transit and planning projects provides a complete list of all federally-funded transportation projects in the region," she says. "The TIP also provides information on federally funded projects that have been sold during the time period."

The interface was developed in-house and is maintained and updated by OKI's GIS Department.