The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) identifies proposed projects developed by local agencies in accordance with the joint regulations of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). These regulations establish the TIP as the programming phase of the overall continuing, comprehensive, and cooperative (3C) planning process. This planning process includes local jurisdictions, transit agencies, and state and federal transportation officials. All federal monies returned to the St. Clair County from the federal fuel tax are distributed through this process
In 2019, St. Clair County, in conjunction with the St. Clair County Community Foundation, Friends of the St. Clair River, and local community partners updated the countywide trails plan to assess the overall county and its major destinations, inventory the existing trail systems, and understand community desires. These activities supported the adoption of an implementation-focused plan that clearly identifies opportunities, needs, and priorities for future trail and bikeway projects.
Ultimately, the planning process was a chance to step back and take stock of current facilities and position county government, local municipal partners, and other agencies to pursue and implement the next wave of trail projects across St. Clair County. A major goal of the plan is to connect community assets, downtowns, and recreation facilities. Since that time, a Regional Trails Governing Board comprised of community trail stakeholders is working collaboratively to fill remaining gaps in the Bridge to Bay Trail and make connections to other trail systems both within and beyond county borders.
St. Clair County Transportation Study Advisory Committee Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month. Public is welcome to attend.