Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) identifies in a single document the annual transportation planning activities undertaken in the Syracuse metropolitan area in support of the goals, objectives and performance measures established in the Long Range Transportation Plan. In short, it is an outline of the transportation planning activities that will be conducted by the SMTC and its professional staff over the course of one year. Development of the 2022-2023 UPWP is now underway and requests for transportation planning assistance are being sought.

Serving as the basis for all funding assistance for transportation planning and programming for state, local and regional agencies, the UPWP undertakes various transportation planning and engineering related studies for the SMTC and its member agencies. Strategic studies of land use and transportation issues give an accurate picture of the Syracuse metropolitan area’s condition, and provide information to find solutions to transportation issues. The work performed under this annual work program is primarily accomplished by a combination of professional, technical and administrative staff of the SMTC, with the assistance and cooperative support of participating SMTC member agencies.

Through the efforts of its UPWP, the SMTC makes specific recommendations that seek to improve the transportation network throughout the Syracuse metropolitan area. Recommendations reached in a number of UPWP activities are then forwarded to the respective SMTC member agencies who have the authority to act upon these. In addition, certain recommendations of merit (developed via a UPWP study) are often considered for inclusion on the SMTC’s federally funded Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

For a bound copy please call the SMTC at 315-422-5716 or e-mail your request.

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2022-2023 UPWP Development

The SMTC is initiating the process of developing the 2022-2023 UPWP for the Syracuse Metropolitan Planning Area and is seeking your requests for transportation planning assistance for the period of April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023. Please note that UPWP funds cannot be used for property acquisition, site preparation, preliminary engineering, detailed design, operations and management, or construction projects; they are for transportation planning and related activities. All proposed projects must have a municipal sponsor where appropriate.

To assist in the preparation and appropriateness of projects, a virtual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. utilizing ZOOM. Attendance at this meeting is mandatory for new project proposals. Please RSVP by October 8, by registering for the meeting at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErf-uvqTkuGtVUQ2-0kPaNkcc13kOVWqkj

If you are unable to attend this meeting and intend to submit a proposal, you must contact the office directly to schedule an individual meeting to discuss your project prior to submission. Proposals submitted without either an individual meeting or attendance at the October 12 meeting are subject to rejection.

All proposals must be received by Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. Please address proposals to James D’Agostino, Director, SMTC, 126 N. Salina St., Suite 100, Syracuse, NY 13202. Any project proposal received via fax or e-mail may not be accepted without prior arrangements.

Please use one of the following Transportation Planning project proposal forms:


2021-2022 UPWP

The 2021-2022 UPWP was adopted on January 20, 2021. The annual work program begins April 1st.


2020-2021 Financial Update

The 2020-2021 UPWP budget was revised on January 7, 2021. Please see information below.


End of Year Summary Reports

At the conclusion of each program year and when a full accounting of financial details are available, an end of year report is created that includes 1) narrative of work activities undertaken by task, per month, and 2) expenditure report by task. Summary reports are available in the UPWP “Publications” section of our website.