PVPC Extends Public Review and Comment Period for TIP and UPWP

28 May 2014

May 28, 2014--The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is extending the public review period for the draft 2015- 2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the draft 2016 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) until June 16, 2014.  Both documents were released by the Pioneer Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) on May 2, 2014 for the standard 30-day comment period. 

The Pioneer Valley TIP is a four-year schedule of priority highway, bridge, transit, and multimodal projects identified by year and location complete with funding source and cost. The TIP is developed annually and is available for amendment and adjustment at any time. Each program year of the TIP coincides with the federal fiscal year calendar October 1 through September 30.  All TIPs and amendments are consistent with the goals and objectives of the Regional Transportation Plan for the Pioneer Valley region. This TIP is financially constrained.

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is a narrative description of the annual technical work program for a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive (3C) transportation planning process in the Pioneer Valley region. The UPWP provides an indication of regional long- and short-range transportation planning objectives, the manner in which these objectives will be achieved, the budget necessary to sustain the overall planning effort, and the sources of funding for each specific program element. Work tasks within the UPWP are reflective of issues and concerns originating from transportation agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. Many tasks are specifically targeted to implement provisions of federal legislation such as TEA-21, the CAAA, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Please see the proposed TIP at http://www.pvpc.org/projects/2015-2018-transportation-improvement-program-tip and Proposed UPWP at http://www.pvpc.org/plans/upwp. The public comment period will end on Monday, June 16, 2014. Written comments and questions may be submitted to Andrew McCaul at amccaul@pvpc.org or by mail at 60 Congress Street, Springfield MA, 01104.