eTIP Help

May 3, 2016

eTIP Help

The online eTIP database is the official record of federal transportation funding and regionally significant state or locally funded projects. The database is a tool for programmers to submit new projects and project changes for consideration by the CMAP Transportation Committee and MPO Policy Committee. The Federal Highway Administration uses the eTIP database to ensure that projects submitted for federal participation are deemed a priority for the region. The database can also be used by the public to view upcoming transportation projects in their community and the region.

The eTIP public site (etip.cmap.illinois.gov) displays the most recently approved program of projects.  Visitors to the site can search, filter, and sort the Approved TIP projects, view project details, including a history of project amendments, select and view projects by county, and locate projects on an interactive map.

The below sections of this page describe indivdual pages within the eTIP website.  A 26-minute training presention is also available to view or download (.mp4, 55.4 MB).

eTIP has six distinct parts: the Approved TIP, Amendments, Advanced Search, Projects By County, an Interactive Map, and detailed project information.  The eTIP home page is the Approved TIP tab. 

eTIP Navigation

  • The Approved TIP tab is a list of projects, sorted by TIP ID,  that make up the currently approved TIP, including administrative changes that have been accepted by CMAP staff. 
  • The Amendments tab displays an overview of actions taken or in progress to modify the scope, schedule, financial, or other project information.
  • The Advanced Search tab provides visitors a means to locate project information by title, description, location, lead agency, project type, or specific federal fund source. 
  • The Projects By County tab provides a summary of the number, type, cost, and available funding for projects within selected counties. 
  • The Interactive Map allows visitors to search by a specific address or zoom in to an area to view programmed projects.
  • Detailed project information can be obtained by selecting a specific project on any of these tabs.  

Project lists on every tab can be sorted by clicking on the column title, and project lists can be exported to Microsoft Excel.

Approved TIP

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a five-year program of surface transportation projects throughout northeastern Illinois. Based on federal fiscal years which start on October first, the TIP includes projects expected to receive federal funding. The TIP also includes regionally significant projects funded by state and local sources. The Approved TIP tab is a list of projects, sorted by TIP ID, that make up the currently approved TIP, including administrative changes that have been accepted by CMAP staff.

The approved TIP may also include projects that are illustrative, which are included in the multi-year B-list (MYB).  These projects are planned to be completed when funding becomes available.  Most major capital projects fall into this category.  These projects are labeled as "FUTURE PROJECT" in the Approve TIP.  Projects with funds both in prior and future years, but no funds in the current TIP years are also included as future projects. 

Projects with funding in past years may also be included in the Approved TIP listing if they are in progress and could still have cost changes.  Projects that are not expected to experience any cost changes are designated as "COMPLETED".

Approved TIP

The Approved TIP listing contains the following fields:

ID
The TIP ID is the unique identification number for the project within the TIP database. The ID is based on the Lead Agency and location of the project, plus the year in which the project was first included in the TIP database. 

County
"County" is the county in which the project is wholly or partially located.   Projects that benefit the entire region, or are not location-based are considered to be "Regionwide" projects.  A quick search of projects by county can be completed at any time using the County drop down list at the top of the page.

Lead Agency 
The lead agency is the organization responsible for programming and managing project funding in the CMAP TIP. The lead agency may differ from the agency responsible for implementing the project. For example, projects using state and federal funds that are implemented by municipalities are typically programmed and managed in the CMAP TIP by one of the eleven subregional Councils of Mayors. A quick search of projects by lead agency can be completed at any time using the Lead Agency drop down list.

Title
Project titles typically include the location of projects and may also describe the type of work being done.  If a project does not yet have any funding programmed in the TIP, the title indicates that it is a "Future Project".  The title also indicates when projects are "Completed".

Project Type 
A project's type helps to classify the major purpose of the project, and is helpful when analyzing performance goals included in GO TO 2040. A quick search of projects by type can be completed at any time using the Project Type drop down list.

Funding
A quick search of projects by funding can be completed at any time using the Funding drop down list.

Federal

Indicates that federal funds are being used for the project.  Federally funded projects typically also include state, local, and/or other funds.

State

Indicates that state funds are being used for the project.  No federal funds are included.  Local and/or other funds may be included.

Local

Indicates local funds are being used for the project.  No federal or state funds are included.

Other

Indicates that funds other than federal, state, or local are being used for the project.

 

Total Cost and Percentages 
Total Cost includes the cost for all phases of a project, regardless of the source, timing, or availability of funds. The percentages following the Total Cost reflect the portion of the project's total cost programmed in years prior to the current TIP years (prior), the percentage of that cost currently programmed (current), and the percentage of that cost which is not yet available for programming in the TIP (future).

Amendments

TIP amendments are significant changes to the scope, schedule or limits of a project or significant financial changes. There are three types of amendments:  Administrative (Admin) amendments are minor changes that are accepted by CMAP staff.  Formal Amendments are more significant scope, schedule, or financial changes which require seven days public comment and approval by the Transportation Committee.  Formal Conformity Amendments are significant changes to scope or schedule for capacity related projects that may affect the region's ability to meet air quality standards.  Conformity amendments require 30 days public comment and approval by the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee.  Amendments to CMAP's TIP must be approved by the state of Illinois for incorporation into the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The TIP and STIP changes must be approved by FHWA and FTA, certifying that all federal transportation planning requirements were met.  The formal amendment which occurs at the start of each federal fiscal year (FFY) is referred to as an Adoption.  The annual adoption removes the just-completed FFY from the TIP, brings the illustrative year into the TIP, and adds a new illustrative year.

Amendments List

The Amendments tab contains the following information:

[View Project List] link
Click on this link to view the projects included in the listed Amendment.

[View Change Details] link
Click on this link to view a report containing the details of changes included in the listed Amendment.

[Draft Projet List] link
Click on this link to view projects pending committee, state, and federal approval in the listed Amendment.

[Draft Change Details] link
Click on this link to view a report containing the details of changes pending committee, state, and federal approval in the listed Amendment.

Amendment
The sequential title and type of the TIP amendment.

Notes
The date of the CMAP committee meeting, either the Transportation Committee (TC) or MPO Policy Committee, at which the amendment was, or will be, considered. 

CMAP Approved
The date on which the amendment was or will be approved by either the Transportation (TC) or MPO Policy Committee.

State Approved
The date on which the amendment was approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation for incorporation into the STIP.

Federal Approved
The date on which the amendment was approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

The Advanced Search page allows users to locate project details using filters when the TIP ID is not known or multiple results are needed. Users can search using one or more fields on the search form. The more fields that are used, the narrower the results will be. Due to the unpredictable nature of the data entered, it is best to start with a broad search, using one or two fields, then add other fields to narrow down the results.

Search criteria are grouped into six themes:  Project ID, Title or Description, Location/County, Lead Agency, Project Type, and Federal Funding.  Each theme contains different search criteria described below.  Groups can be revealed/hidden by clicking on the arrow next to the theme name.  Criteria can be selected from multiple groups.  Hiding a group does not clear the selections within that group.  After selecting and entering the desired search criteria, click the Submit button at the bottom of the form. To modify search results, change the desired criteria and click the Submit button again. To clear all search criteria, click the Reset button.

Advanced Search

Project ID
An advanced search by TIP ID can be completed using the Project ID search.

Title or Description
Users may search for projects based on project title or description by entering any keyword that may be contained in any of the project title, description, project location or limits fields.

Location/ County
Users may search for projects based on location in three different ways:  By System, Street/Road Name, and/or by County.  

Systems are defined as follows:

Highway/#Road

Any road or street that is numbered, such as an interstate (I-90), US highway (US 14), state route (IL 59), or County Highway (CH 11)

Local Streets & Roads

Streets and roads that are not numbered (Main Street, First Ave, etc.).  Local streets also include off-road trails (e.g., Illinois Prairie Path)

Transit

Includes bus and train routes, stops, stations, yards, etc. as well as freight rail corridors (such as CREATE) and facilities.  Public transit operations and support are also included.

Non-Infrastructure

Includes educational, marketing, direct emissions reduction, and other projects that do not directly involve improvements to the transportation network.

N/A

Projects that are not location-based or are at locations, such as schools or parks, that are not included above

 

Street/Road Name:  Can be searched by entering any keyword that may be contained in any of the project location or limits fields, including the County, Municipality and Other Project Location Information fields. Keywords entered are searched as phrases. For example, entering First Street will not return results for projects on First Av, 1st St , First St., First North Street, etc. Only projects that contain the exact phrase "First Street" will be returned. Municipalities, counties and numbered routes (I-90, US 14, CH 7, IL 62, etc.) can also be entered in this field.

County:  Users can check the appropriate box(es) to search for projects wholly or partially within one, multiple, or all counties. 

Municipality
Users may select one of more municipalities, townships, or other agencies from the list by checking the appropriate box(es).  Note that selecting "Countywide" or "Regionwide" will not return all projects in the county/region, only those for which the lead agency selected these values for the project.

Lead Agency
Users may select one or more lead programming agency from the list by checking the appropriate box(es). The lead agency can be related to the combination of the project's geography, fund sources and work types. Typical programming responsibilities are:

 

Councils of Mayors

Program federal and some state fund sources when a local government is the implementing agency. The Councils represent local governments within a collar county (DuPage, Lake, etc.) or portion of Cook County (Central, Northwest, South, etc.)

Counties

Program federal and local funds when the County is the implementing agency.

CDOA

Programs aviation projects at Chicago's airports

CDOT

Programs all projects within the city of Chicago, except some CMAQ or state funded projects.

CMAP

Programs CMAQ projects that are not programmed by Councils of Mayors, IDOT or CDOT. Also programs Major Capital Projects, Constrained and Unconstrained projects included in GO TO 2040.

CTA

Programs all CTA sponsored projects, except some CMAQ projects

FHWA

Programs projects located within federal lands

IDOT

Programs most state-funded projects, by district, bureau and division

ISTHA

Programs projects on Illinois tollways

Metra

Programs all Metra-sponsored projects, except some CMAQ projects

Pace

Programs all Pace-sponsored projects, except some CMAQ projects

RTA

Programs all RTA-sponsored projects, except some CMAQ projects

 

Project Type
Users may select one or more project types from the list by checking the appropriate box(es).

Federal Funding
Users may select one or more federal fund sources from the list by checking the appropriate box(es). Any project that contains any financial line (including future lines) with the selected fund source will be returned.  A description of current fund sources, including how they are distributed, who is responsible for programming and whether they are federal, state or local, is available on the TIP Programmer Resources page of the CMAP website.

When using Advanced Search it is important to consider that search results depend entirely on the data entered in the TIP database by programmers. For example, if the programmer did not include the marked state route number in the project description, searching by state route will not return any results. Roadway name abbreviations, such as Ave or Av, Blv or Blvd, etc. are inconsistently entered in the TIP database; omitting them from searches will produce better results. Finally, if a programmer misspelled anything when entering the project in the TIP database, the project will not be found unless the misspelling is duplicated in the search criteria.

Projects by County

The Projects by County tab allows users to view a regional map, select a county, and view a summary of the type, cost, and funding for transportation projects in the selected county.  The selected county is highlighted on the map and a complete list of projects within the county is displayed below the map. The results are purely geographical and do not take lead agency into account. Regionwide projects are those that are not location specific and/or provide benefits to the entire region.  Multiple counties may be selected at the same time. Grand totals for the entire region can be viewed by selecting every category.

The summary table displays the project categories that are included in the selected location(s).  The "#" column is the number of projects in each category.  "Total Cost" is the total estimated cost to complete the projects, from preliminary engineering through construction.  "Total Funding" is the portion of that cost that has been expended or is currently programmed in the TIP.  By clicking a number in the "#" column, the list of projects below the map will be filtered by the selected project category.  Users may export the data they've selected on the map at any time by clicking "Export to Excel" below the map. 

Projects By County

Interactive Map

The Interactive Map tab is a Google map; all standard Google Maps search and navigation methods apply. Users may also select a satellite view or street view.  To return to the Approved TIP tab from the interactive mp, click on the "Back to Approved TIP" link in the legend.

Projects contained in the TIP database that can be represented on a map can be found on the Interactive TIP Map by entering the address or intersection at which the project is located, then zooming in or out and clicking on the project line or point. Users may turn project type layers on and off by checking or unchecking the appropriate boxes in the top left corner of the map. All projects that are visible on the map's current extent are listed below the map. Users may export the data they've selected on the map at any time by clicking "Export to Excel" below the map.

The project information that is displayed contains a link (on the TIP ID) to the project overview page within the TIP database in addition to the project title, type, total cost, and construction years. Projects such as "Various resurfacing in Cook County" or "Purchase Buses" cannot be represented on the map and should be located using the Advanced Search page.

Interactive Map

Performance Measures

Performance measures can be displayed on the interative map by selecting from the legend.  Zoom in for further details.  Click the "View TIP Projects in This Area" link at the bottom of the map to open a new window displaying the TIP projects in the area you have zoomed to.

Congestion Measures

AM/PM Travel Time Index
The travel time index (TTI) is a measure of average congestion and indicates the average extra travel time required during peak period (AM or PM) congestion. Travel time index is a ratio of the average peak-period travel time compared to the free-flow travel time. For example, a value of 2.0 means that average peak-period travel times are twice as long as free-flow travel times.  Values range from less than 1.10 (dark green) to greater than 2.0 (red).

AM/PM Planning Time Index
Travel time reliability is measured by the planning time index (PTI), which measures the extra amount of time that needs to be set aside for a trip in order not to be late on more than 5 percent of those trips.  For example, if a traveler needs to set aside an hour to account for variation in a trip that should take 20 minutes in light traffic, then the PTI is 60 minutes ÷ 20 minutes, or 3.0. Values range from less than 1.25 (dark green) to greater than 5.0 (red).

Congested Hours
Congested hours is the number of hours each weekday that travelers could travel at least 10 percent faster in free-flow conditions. Values range from less than 2.00 hours (dark green) to greater than 10.0 hours (red).

For more information about congestion on the region's expressways and tollways, view the Interactive 2016 CMAP Quarterly Congestion Report

Project Details

By clicking on the ID, users can access details of a project. The detail page displays the details of each individual project, as currently adopted, including a Project Overview, Funding History, and Amendment History. To return to the Approved TIP tab from any project details page, click on the "Back to Approved TIP" link.

Project Overview
In addition to the basic information displayed in list view, the Project Overview page provides more detailed project information including a description of work, contact information, funding details, and a project location map.

Project Details

 

TIP ID

The unique identification number for the project within the TIP database

Lead Agency

The organization responsible for programming and managing the project in the CMAP TIP

Project Type

The category of the project, based on the primary type(s) of work being done

Title

The Lead Agency's project title, which typically includes the location and/or type of work being accomplished.  If a project does not yet have any funding programmed in the TIP, the title indicates that it is a "Future Project".  Once a project is substantially complete, and is not expected to experience any cost changes, the title indicates it is "Completed".

Limits

Indicates the primary location of the project

Description

A brief narrative description of the project

TIP Document

The most recently approved adoption or amendment in which the project is included

Contact

The name and phone number of the lead agency staff person that can answer questions about the project.

Air Quality

Indicates the exempt status of a project (whether the project and any subsequent changes are subject to air quality conformity analysis) and, if appropriate, the conformity status of the project. 

State Job #

The State Job Number assigned to the project phase by IDOT (state Job Numbers are unique to each phase of the project)

PPS #

The Annual Program Number assigned to the project by IDOT (PPS Numbers are unique to each phase of the project)

Municipality

The municipality(ies) in which the project is located

County

The county(ies) in which the project is located

Open to Traffic Year

The calendar year in which the project is expected to be substantially complete, and open for public use.  Note that most projects do not fully "close" during implementation.

Total Cost

The total cost of all phases of the project, whether included in the TIP or not.

Segment

Larger, more complex projects may be broken down into logical segments for implementation.  The segments that contribute to the funding displayed for each phase and fund source are listed.

Phase

Indicates the phase funded from listed fund source.  Phases are described in more detail below.

Fund Source

The source of funds for the line item. A description of current fund sources, including how they are distributed, who is responsible for programming and whether they are federal, state or local, is available on the TIP Programmer Resources page of the CMAP web site.

FFY

The federal fiscal year (FFY) in which funds for the line item will be authorized (for federal fund sources) or expended (for state or local fund sources). The federal fiscal year is from October 1 to September 30. "Prior" indicates funds were applied prior to the current TIP years; "Future" indicates funds will be applied after the current TIP years.

Total (column)

The total column is the sum of funding, by phase and fund source.

Total <phase> (row)

The total <phase> row is the sum of funding for the listed phase, in each FFY.

Total Programmed (row)

The total funding programmed in each FFY.

Map

If the project can be represented on a map, the map displayed below the project overview presents the project location. Standard Google Maps navigation applies, including zooming in/out, satellite view and street view.

 

Funding History
The Funding History page allows users to view the federal fiscal year, fund source, project phase, and total funding programmed for the project in each project version.  The most recent programming is shown at the top of the list.  

Project Funding History

 

Version

The history of changes to projects is controlled and documented using "versions". The version number and adoption or amendment during which the version was approved is indicated.

FFY

The federal fiscal year in which the funding was programmed for that version.

Source

The source of funds of the amounts that follow.

ENG

The amount of funding for general engineering from the specified source.

IMP

The amount of funding for implementation from the specified source.

ENG 1

The amount of funding for Phase 1 Preliminary Engineering from the specified source.

ENG 2

The amount of funding for Phase 2 Design Engineering from the specified source.

ROW

The amount of funding for right-of-way from the specified source.

CON

The amount of funding for construction from the specified source.

CE

The amount of funding for Phase 3 Construction Engineering from the specified source.

Total

The total amount of funding from the specified source.

Total for Version #

The total amount of funding, by phase, for the listed version of the project.

Amendment History
The Amendment History provides a list of each Adoption or Amendment that included the project.

Project Amendment History

Version

The history of changes to projects is controlled and documented using "versions".  The adopted version will always be the version of the project that is presented.  A listing of all project versions since the roll-out of eTIP is available on the Amendment History tab.

Project Title

Reflects abbreviated location data and programming agency project name data.

Status

Indicates the status of the project in the eTIP database – either "Programmed" or "Completed".

Approval Date

The date on which CMAP approved the amendment.

 

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