OVERVIEW  OF  THE  UNIFIED  PLANNING  WORK  PROGRAM

 

 

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) identifies transportation planning and programming activities that are to be undertaken in the Capital District during the upcoming year.  The intent of a comprehensive work plan is to coordinate all federally-funded transportation planning and transportation-related planning activities in the region.  Such planning activities are assisted by several federal sources of funding.  These include:

 

.      Federal Transit Administration (FTA):  Section 5303 funds and Section 5307  funds;

 

.      Federal Highway Administration (FHWA):  1% Planning (PL), Statewide Planning and Research (SPR) funds and Surface Transportation Program (STP), Congestion Mitigation / Air Quality (CMAQ) or other capital funds committed to planning efforts in the Transportation Improvement Program;  and,

 

.      Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):  Airport Improvement Program funds.

 

Statewide Planning and Research (SPR) activities by NYSDOT that directly pertain to the Capital District are listed in the text of the UPWP; but are not shown in the financial tables.  Full documentation of the SPR program is available separately from NYSDOT. 

 

In addition to the required descriptions of tasks using federal funds, CDTC also describes contractual efforts with Albany County, Saratoga County and town of Colonie in the UPWP.  Further, CDTC's "Community and Transportation Linkage" Program has increased the amount of local commitment to coordinated regional / local, land use / transportation planning. 

 

Work efforts performed for each item listed in the UPWP is undertaken by the CDTC Staff, CDTC's participating agencies' staff, or by consultants.  The 2004-05 UPWP also includes over $400,000 in activities in support of and funded by the state's twelve MPOs. 

 

 

 

CDTC'S NEW VISIONS REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN

AND THE UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM

 

In recent years, CDTC has built upon the New Visions foundation to explore new areas of cooperative effort.  These include the 26 Community and Transportation Linkage studies as well as the New Visions for a Quality Region initiative begun in 2002.  CDTC will continue to develop its broad New Visions 2030 plan in the coming year.  Technical work on multiple fronts will be advanced during the coming year, leading to an extended public involvement period that will help guide the development of the New Visions 2030 plan.  An interim plan action may be required to maintain air quality conformity for the TIP.