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+ What is the Unified Planning Work Program?

The State Fiscal Year 2018-2020 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) describes the planning activities of the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC) in Erie and Niagara Counties. GBNRTC is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Region.

Developed biannually, in cooperation with federal, state and local agencies, the UPWP provides a comprehensive view of short and long-range transportation planning activities. Designated by the Governor of the State of New York, GBNRTC has the responsibility to perform the continuous, comprehensive, and cooperative planning process for the region. The UPWP identifies the transportation planning activities that are to be undertaken in support of the vision, goals, objectives, and policies identified in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan 2040.

+ Funding for Planning Activities

The most recent authorizing legislation, (FAST Act) approved in the United States Congress and signed by the President, authorizes the MPO to receive two primary sources of federal planning funds supporting UPWP activities: FHWA’s Section 104(f) Metropolitan Planning (PL) funds and FTA’s Section 5303 Metropolitan Planning Program (MPP) funds. Federal funds allocated to the MPO in the 2016-2018 UPWP from these programs are forecast as $2,283,179 in each year.

+ Other Federal and State Funds

In addition to FHWA and FTA funds, other federal and state funded programs impact the transportation planning and decision-making process. Coordination with these activities is effected through the UPWP, with member agencies of the GBNRTC being either directly involved or part of regional and state review mechanisms. The following program is illustrative but not all inclusive of these other activities:

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funds are received for Aviation Facilities Planning
  • State Planning and Research (SPR) funds for various planning activities affecting the region

+ 2018-2020 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

Download the 2018-2020 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)