Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

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Each federal fiscal year, the MPO produces the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). This document programs studies and research projects that provide transportation planning and technical assistance to municipalities and agencies in the region. These studies focus on all modes of travel, with the goal of creating communities that are safe, accessible, more walkable, bikeable, and resilient.

The UPWP work undertaken by MPO staff fulfills a number of functions:

  • Supports the MPO’s collaborative public decision-making process
  • Gathers data about the transportation system
  • Identifies needs of transportation system users to enhance the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Needs Assessment
  • Develops project concepts for improving the transportation system—along roadway corridors, at intersections, on bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and on transit routes
  • Looks ahead to help the MPO anticipate trends that are shaping the transportation industry; and to understand the relationship between transportation and other matters

FFY 2020 UPWP Development: Draft UPWP Available for Public Review and Comment

At the MPO meeting on May 16, 2019, the board voted to release a draft of its federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) (pdf) (html) and Appendices (pdf) for a 30-day public review period. The draft UPWP includes 11 new one-time studies and analyses to be undertaken during FFY 2020. The MPO will accept comments from members of the public through June 17, 2019. The MPO expects to vote to endorse the UPWP at its meeting on June 20, 2019. Attend a meeting or collaborate on a comment letter to advocate for transportation planning studies that will benefit your community and the Boston metropolitan region. There will be two MPO board meetings during the public review period: Thursday, May 30, 2019, and Thursday, June 6, 2019. MPO staff will also be at the following outreach events during the public review period. Come meet with us in person and learn more about the UPWP and other MPO activities.

UPWP Public Review Period 2019 Outreach Events

Bike to Work Day 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019
7:00 AM-9:00 AM
City Hall Plaza, Boston


MassDOT Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Public Meeting
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
6:30 PM    
State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza, Boston

Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Annual Council Meeting
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Metcalf Trustee Center
Boston University


Submit written comments via our online comment form, or by mail to Sandy Johnston, UPWP Manager, Boston Region MPO, Suite 2150, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116. For more information, please contact Sandy Johnston, UPWP Manager, at 857.702.3710 or sjohnston@ctps.org.

To see the current schedule for FFY 2020 UPWP development, key upcoming MPO meetings, and relevant documents, visit the UPWP Development Page.

See below for the current (FFY 2019) UPWP and past documents.

The FFY 2019 UPWP (Current)

On June 21, 2018, the MPO board voted to endorse the FFY 2019 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) (pdf) (html), including 10 new discrete studies. The FFY 2019 UPWP was approved by the MPO’s federal partners and took effect on October 1, 2018.

Full Document (pdf) (html)

Executive Summary Translations

Appendices (pdf)

UPWP Archive

View older UPWP documents and previous studies considered for funding by the MPO in our archive. For more information, please contact Sandy Johnston, MPO staff, at 857.702.3710 (voice), 617.570.9193 (TTY), or sjohnston@ctps.org (email).