Development of the FFY 2020 Unified Planning Work Program

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You are invited to participate in the development of the next UPWP. Refer to the timeline to the right for upcoming milestones, meetings, and events and their associated documents. For questions, contact Sandy Johnston, UPWP Manager, at or 857.702.3710.


September to January: Gather ideas about possible studies from member municipalities, the public, and the MPO staff

January to March: Analyze, evaluate, and select studies based on our criteria and factors such as regional relevance, links to other MPO research, probability of implementation, rootedness in LRTP values, and funding constraints

April: Incorporate feedback from MPO members, municipalities, the Regional Transportation Advisory Council, the public, and staff, and agree on a final list of discrete studies for federal funding

May to June: Receive public comment on a draft document containing discrete studies as well as other MPO budget priorities

June: Receive final endorsement by the MPO board

Late summer: Receive approval from our federal partners

Current Updates

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.  Refer to the timeline on this page for upcoming milestones and relevant documents.

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