PACTS capital projects programming role
In 1975 Congress created metropolitan planning organizations in urbanized areas around the country and gave them the responsibility to program FTA and FHWA funds in cooperation with state departments of transportation. PACTS is the largest of the four MPOs in Maine. PACTS submits to the FTA and FHWA a report that lists all federally-funded projects programmed by PACTS and MaineDOT in our region. The federal agencies may not release the federal funds for any of the projects without this support from PACTS. The report is called the PACTS Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP. PACTS and MaineDOT produce the PACTS TIP every two years, and amend it periodically.
The projects in the TIP must all be within the PACTS Capital Management Area. The Capital Management Area map endorsed by the PACTS Policy Committee in May 2014. In the late 1970’s MaineDOT established a policy to give PACTS the responsibility to program an “MPO Allocation” of FHWA funds. MaineDOT has continued that policy continuously since then.