Metropolitan Transportation Plans (MTP)

The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) is the chief legal document reflecting the objectives, resources, fundamental planning process, and project implementation schedule for the region over the next 30 years. It must be revised every five years so incoming or newly identified projects and priorities can be updated.  The latest update describes the regional vision for transportation for the years 2023-2052. Projects in the Plan are organized into three tiers:

  • Tier I (FY 23-26): Covers projects expected to advance to construction in the next four years. These projects comprise the Transportation Improvement Program.
  • Tier II (FY 27-36): Lays out projects currently in the planning and development phase that are expected to advance based on funding.
  • Tier III (FY 37-52): Long-range projects that are more complex to implement due to funding availability or other factors.

MTP Documents

Transportation Improvement Programs

What is a TIP?

A Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) includes projects from the Metropolitan Transportation Plan that are expected to advance to construction in the next four years.

How are TIPs Prepared?

They are prepared cooperatively by the RPC, acting in its legal capacity as the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the New Orleans urbanized area, local governments, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, public transit operators, and other key stakeholders, with input from the general public.

How often is it updated?

The TIPs are on a four-year update cycle. However, the TIPs are reviewed regularly by the RPC. Selected revisions are permitted, following formal amendment procedures.

How does our TIP incorporate at the state and federal levels?


Both the local TIPs and State TIP are identical documents containing a common set of projects proposed for federal funding. TIPs and STIP are products of a consensus-building process carried out jointly by the RPC and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.


Projects identified in the TIPs are part of the approved Transportation Plan and refer to improvements being funded under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).