Technical Memorandum

 

DATE: September 15, 2022

TO: Unified Planning Work Program Committee

FROM: Tegin Teich, Executive Director

RE: Recommended Revisions to the Unified Planning Work Program (FFY 2022)

 

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is a one-year budget and planning document that lists the research projects, technical assistance, and other activities that the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) staff will undertake over the next federal fiscal year (FFY). Throughout the fiscal year, staff perform thorough assessments of the spending patterns and propose a slate of UPWP budget adjustments. Following the approval of Amendment Two to the FFY 2022 UPWP on August 18, 2022, this memo contains MPO staff recommendations for further adjustments, forming Adjustment One to the FFY 2022 UPWP.

 

The reason for this adjustment is that project or line-item needs have continued to evolve since the approval of Amendment Two. The Federal Highway Administration allows an adjustment of not more than 25 percent of each budget line item. This proposed adjustment falls below the 25 percent threshold. The adjustment, shown in Table 1, continues to have a net zero impact on the overall UPWP budget.

 

Thank you for your time in reviewing these recommended adjustments. MPO staff will be happy to discuss and answer any questions from UPWP committee members. After a discussion, we hope that you will agree with these recommended adjustments. We request you then vote to approve Adjustment One to the FFY 2022 UPWP and recommend that the MPO vote to endorse it.

 

 

 

 

 

Table 1
FFY 2022 UPWP Adjustments

Project Number

Project Name

Approved FFY 2022 Budget

Total Adjustments

Proposed FFY 2022 Budget

Comments

9122

Support to the MPO and its Committees

$263,500

40,000

$303,500

Increase needed to support staff time to prepare for and conduct in-person Certification Review meeting and work with the Administration and Finance (A&F) Committee on the Operations Plan.

6022

Computer Resource Management

$309,000

19,000

$328,000

Increase needed to support continued work on IT-related projects.

8322

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

$125,000

12,000

$137,000

Increase needed to finalize the UPWP document.

13305

Intersection Improvement Program

$66,325

7,000

$73,325

Increase needed to finalize memos for the the intersections improvements in Stow, Wellesley, and Woburn.

2122

Congestion Management Process (CMP)

$100,500

6,500

$107,000

Increase needed to complete calculations of the performance measures for expressway corridors and support of the conflation of the CMP arterial network.

20906

Staff-Generated Research & Tech Assistance

$11,000

2,500

$13,500

Increase needed to finalize the work product for the COVID-19 Pandemic/Durable Transit Ridership research.

13310

Parking Policy and Trip Generation

$20,000

(3,000)

$17,000

Remaining budget will be transferred to another FFY 2022 UPWP project.

8222

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

$194,000

(4,000)

$190,000

Staff turnover and delay in hiring new TIP manager.

2222

Freight Planning Support

$65,000

(5,000)

$60,000

Staff time reallocated to other projects. Remaining budget after adjustment will be spent in FFY.

9622

Public Participation Process

$150,000

(8,000)

$142,000

Staff time reallocated to other projects. Remaining budget after adjustment will be spent in FFY.

8122

Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

$359,000

(10,000)

$349,000

Staff time reallocated to other projects. Remaining budget after adjustment will be spent in FFY.

7122

Regional Model Enhancement

$880,000

(10,000)

$870,000

Staff time reallocated to other projects. Remaining budget after adjustment will be spent in FFY.

13314

Addressing Equity and Access in the Blue Hills

$40,000

(10,000)

$30,000

Staff time reallocated to other projects. Remaining budget after adjustment will be spent in FFY.

13313

The Future of the Curb Phase 3

$70,000

(17,000)

$53,000

Construction/implementation planned for two of the case study projects to be completed in the fall. Before and after analysis for these two curbs will be conducted after construction complete.

8522

Transportation Equity Program

$125,000

(20,000)

$105,000

Staff time reallocated to other projects. Remaining budget after adjustment will be spent in FFY.

 

Grand Total

$2,778,325

$0

$2,778,325

 


 

 

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