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Each federal fiscal year (FFY), the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) produces the UPWP. This document programs studies and research projects that provide insight and recommendations to our municipal and regional partners, generate new data, and help shape concepts for the region’s transportation future.

August 7, 2020–September 7, 2020: FFY 2020 UPWP Amendment Three Public Comment Period

Amendment Three reflects annual fourth-quarter adjustments to the budget for MPO staff. The amendment is net neutral for the overall UPWP budget, while the total amount of funding being reallocated between line items is $137,500. Fourth-quarter reallocations have been historically executed as a simple adjustment. New Federal Highway Administration guidance issued earlier this year required that any change of 10 percent or more to a UPWP budget line must be a formal amendment. For more information, refer to the Draft UPWP Amendment Three.

The 30-day public comment period for UPWP Amendment Three begins August 7, 2020, and extends until 5:00 PM on September 7, 2020. The MPO is expected to vote to approve Amendment Three on September 17, 2020. Questions and comments may be submitted to Sandy Johnston, UPWP Manager, at sjohnston@ctps.org, or 857.702.3710, or via our feedback form.

FFY 2021 UPWP Endorsed

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At the MPO meeting on July 16, 2020, the board voted to endorse the draft (PDF) (HTML) FFY 2021 UPWP. The UPWP includes a list of studies MPO staff will conduct over the next year, as seen in the table below. To see the current schedule for FFY 2021 UPWP development, key upcoming MPO meetings, and relevant documents, visit the UPWP Development Page.

New Discrete Funded Studies in FFY 2021
Study or Program Proposed
FFY 2021 CTPS Budget
Improving Pedestrian Variables in the Travel Demand Model $25,000
Regional TDM Strategies $10,000
Addressing Safety, Mobility, and Access on Subregional Priority Roadways  $132,120
Addressing Priority Corridors from the Long-Range Transportation Plan Needs Assessment $137,700
Low-Cost Improvements to Express-Highway Bottleneck Locations $61,710
Trip Generation Rate Research $60,000
Intersection Improvement Program $75,000
Access to CBDs Phase 2 $75,000
The Future of the Curb Phase 2 $60,000
Multimodal Resilience and Emergency Planning  $30,000
Staff-Generated Research and Technical Assistance $20,000
Mapping Major Transportation Infrastructure Projects in the Boston Region $20,000
Informing the Big Ideas Behind the MPO's Scenario Planning Process $20,700
Total for New Discrete and Recurring Studies $727,230

NOTE: This information may be updated as the FFY 2021 UPWP budget continues to develop.

The FFY 2020 UPWP (Current)

On June 18, 2019, the MPO board voted to endorse the FFY 2020 UPWP (pdf) (html), including 11 new discrete studies. The FFY 2020 UPWP was approved by the MPO’s federal partners and took effect on October 1, 2019.

Full Document (pdf) (html)

Executive Summary Translations

Appendices (pdf)


Amendment One

At the MPO meeting on April 30, 2020, the board approved an Amendment to the FFY 2020 UPWP. Amendment One documents the addition of $120,000 to the budget of the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) to the Boston Region MPO for FFY 2020 to be used for CTPS Strategic Planning and MPO Operations Plan Support. For more information, refer to Amendment One.

Amendment Two

At the MPO meeting on August 6, 2020, the board approved an Amendment to the FFY 2020 UPWP. Amendment Two removes a study titled “Transit Mitigation for New Development Sites” from the FFY 2020 UPWP and reallocates $60,000 in funding to two new studies titled “Review of Vision Zero Policies” and “Innovations in Estimating Trip Generation Rates.” The amendment allocates $30,000 to each project. For more information, refer to Amendment Two.

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, UPWP Manager, at 857.702.3710 (voice), 617.570.9193 (TTY), or sjohnston@ctps.org (email).