The allocation program is a funding management tool. The Texas Transportation Commission has delegated the responsibility for selecting and funding projects to the lowest responsible levels to the TxDOT districts and divisions (in cooperation with the MPOs). Projects can be selected, developed and let to contract with each project's cost debited against the allocated funds for that program.
Most allocation programs consist of projects requiring relatively short development times and are intended to preserve the existing highway system. Projects that improve mobility or safety are selected through a competitive process and funded with project specific highway construction programs managed by TxDOT. These projects are usually associated with longer development periods and higher construction costs.
The TxDOT District offices follow the State of Texas project selection procedures adopted by the Commission (in accordance with 134 (h)(2) of Title 23 U.S.C. as amended) for projects in areas outside the metropolitan area boundaries. Projects with the metropolitan area boundaries are selected by the MPOs in cooperation with their TxDOT district office, and in accordance with procedures adopted by each MPO.