In September, the MPO received federal approval of its federal fiscal year (FFY) 2017 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP),
which it had endorsed in July. The MPO produces a UPWP each year in order to document the transportation-planning studies, programs, and administrative activities that the MPO staff conduct. The document also contains the costs and funding sources for each of the outlined efforts.
The following new studies and technical analyses are planned for FFY 2017, which began on October 1:
• Addressing Safety, Mobility, and Access on Subregional Priority Roadways
• Low-Cost Improvements to Express-Highway Bottleneck Locations
• Addressing Priority Corridors from the Long-Range Transportation Plan Needs Assessment
• Planning for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
• Using General Transit Feed Specification to Find Shared Segments with Excessively Irregular Headways
• Safety Effectiveness of Safe Routes to Schools Programs
• Study of Promising Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies
The MPO has already embarked on two studies by approving the work programs for Using General Transit Feed Specification to Find Shared Segments with Excessively Irregular Headways and Addressing Safety, Mobility, and Access on Subregional Priority Roadways.
The MPO is expected to approve additional work programs at their upcoming meetings in December 2016 and in January 2017.