Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is a federally required document released yearly that lists the tasks to be completed by BMTS staff each year. Metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) work in cooperation with their states and operators of publicly-owned transit services to annually develop and adopt UPWPs to carry out mandated planning activities. BMTS initiates the call for transportation planning activities to local agencies and then the Planning Committee prioritizes ongoing and new projects. The Policy Committee has the final responsibility to adopt the UPWP.
The primary tasks of BMTS’ Unified Planning Work Program are:
- Implement national transportation policy by meeting the metropolitan planning requirements in Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (P.L.114-94)
- Address the emphasis areas of the New York State Department of Transportation that are intended to implement the State's policies for metropolitan transportation planning, and other related policies relevant to transportation as they emerge.
- Address transportation issues specific to the Binghamton metropolitan area as identified by member governments, agencies, or staff.
- Ensure that projects conceived by BMTS to fulfill Federal or State policies or address local issues are progressed in an expeditious, coordinated, and cost-effective manner