The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) specifies the planning priorities and work tasks that the MPO will address during the program period. The development of the UPWP is required as part of the 3Cs metropolitan planning process and specifically the Metropolitan Planning Rules (23 CFR 450.308). The “unified” aspect, as indicated in the document name, means that it encompasses all MPO transportation planning activities that impact the region that are foreseen at the time of its preparation, regardless of funding source or implementing agency.
For New Hampshire MPOs, the UPWP encompasses a two year scope of work and is developed in coordination with the NHDOT, FHWA and FTA. Accordingly, the current UPWP covers the MPO’s planning work expected to occur in the ensuing two-year period, from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017.
Consistent with past programs, this UPWP has been prepared to reflect the ongoing implementation of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAAA) and the last authorized Federal surface transportation act, Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act passed in 2015. These laws and their implementing regulations mandate a high level of transportation planning and analysis as identified through the general Planning Factors identified in MAP-21 and in the annual emphasis areas suggested by FHWA and FTA. New planning regulations for MAP-21 have been drafted but not finalized and the MPO will continue to operate under the existing rules and regulations until new ones are approved. When new planning rules are approved changes in the UPWP may be required to reflect the new or amended provisions of the legislation.