Development of the FFY 2019 Unified Planning Work Program

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You are invited to participate in the development of the next UPWP. Refer to the timeline to the right for upcoming milestones, meetings, and events and their associated documents. For questions, contact Sandy Johnston, UPWP Manager, at or 857.702.3710.


September to January: Gather ideas about possible studies from member municipalities, the public, and our own staff

January to March: Analyze, evaluate, and select studies based on our criteria and factors such as regional relevance, links to other MPO research, probability of implementation, rootedness in LRTP values, and funding constraints

April: Incorporate feedback from MPO members, municipalities, the Regional Transportation Advisory Council, the public, and staff, and agree on final list of discrete studies for federal funding

May to June: Receive public comment on a draft document containing discrete studies as well as other MPO budget priorities

June: Receive final endorsement by the MPO

Late summer: Receive approval from our federal partners

Submitting Study Ideas for the FFY 2019 UPWP

The MPO makes considered decisions about how to spend its annual allocation of planning funds. The vision established in Charting Progress to 2040 guides our study selection process. We welcome suggestions of all types, but studies with a regionally relevant purpose are most likely to be prioritized over studies with a narrow objective. Throughout the fall of 2017, MPO staff is conducting outreach to learn about local and regional transportation needs. This feedback will inform the selection of studies to be included in the next UPWP. See the timeline to the right for upcoming opportunities to meet with staff and share study suggestions.