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 two years (4/1/06 3/31/08). 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 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. Typically, Linkage studies are carried out through consultant contracts held by CDTC using federal funds and local cash provided to CDTC by the sponsoring municipality.

 

Work efforts performed for each item listed in the UPWP are undertaken by the CDTC Staff, CDTC's participating agencies' staff, or by consultants. The 2006-08 UPWP also includes over $300,000 in activities in support of and funded by the state's thirteen MPOs. Separate budgets are shown for the 2006-07 fiscal year and the 2007-08 fiscal year.