Section 5: MPO Unified Planning Work Program

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Planning activities conducted by the MPO shall be documented in a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). The UPWP shall adhere to standardized format developed by the department. The UPWP shall reflect the MPO’s transportation planning activities funded with Federal Transportation Planning Funds. The Federal Transportation Planning Funds are allocated to the MPOs based on a formula mutually agreed to by the department and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)/FTA.

The department shall monitor expenditures incurred by the MPOs based on the funding information outlined in the UPWP. Each MPO is required to develop an annual performance and expenditure report. The report shall reflect the MPO’s actual work activities and expenditures during the fiscal year.

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The UPWP is the funding document used as the basis for approval of the MPO’s annual transportation planning budget.

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The Transportation Planning and Programming Division is responsible for disseminating information necessary to implement the requirements of 23 U.S.C. 134. The MPOs and the department districts located within the MPO boundaries are responsible for the development of the UPWP. The Transportation Planning and Programming Division, in consultation with the MPOs, is responsible for developing the funding allocation formula.

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Current Policy: 43 TAC §15.4(a)


Reference: 23 CFR Section 450.314

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