The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is a biennial statement of work identifying the planning priorities and activities to be carried out within the PACTS region. As required by federal law, MPOs are required to develop UPWPs to govern work programs for the expenditure of FHWA and FTA planning funds [23 CFR 450.308)(b)].
This document, when complete, will identify the transportation planning activities that will be performed during 2022 and 2023. The PACTS Policy Board, PACTS Executive Board, the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT), and the region’s transit systems, are collaborating in the development of this two-year planning work program and budget. FHWA, FTA, state and local funds will support the majority of these tasks.
Public input is integral to shaping PACTS planning and programming work. To help inform the early development of this UPWP, PACTS solicited input from PACTS Executive Board (June 2021) and the PACTS Policy Board (July 2021), both of which were public meetings. It is anticipated that the PACTS Policy Board will discuss and approve the 2022-2023 UPWP on October 28, 2021. Members of the public are encouraged to provide input in advance of that meeting and can email staff with any questions, comments, or concerns. PACTS is holding a 30-day public comment period for the draft UPWP, from Sept. 17 to Oct. 17.