Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
The Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are required to create a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) that documents the metropolitan transportation planning activities to be performed in compliance with the requirements of United States Code (23 CFR Part 450.308). The transportation planning tasks identified in the UPWP are funded through a combination of federal, state, and local sources.
The intent of the planning program is to conduct the comprehensive regional transportation planning process, consistent with federal regulations, and intended to develop and advance the implementation of plans, programs and projects to enhance, preserve and improve local transportation facilities and services, as well as address problems and deficiencies identified in the LRTP. The process provides the technical and support services needed by the metropolitan area’s policy board to select transportation investments and set priorities.
The transportation planning activities in the UPWP are categorized into four tasks:
- Task 1: Data Collection and Analysis – focus on GIS and transportation system performance monitoring.
- Task 2: Transportation Planning – covers both short-range and long-range planning for highway, transit and non-motorized systems.
- Task 3: Program Management, Implementation and Administration – performs the administrative and management functions of the NVCOG, including coordination, TIP development, MPO over-sight and public involvement.
- Task 4: Other Technical Assistance – supports and provides technical assistance to member communities relating to active projects and major corridor studies.
The NVCOG operates under two UPWPs, one for each MPO under its jurisdiction.