Unified Planning Work Program

A regional approach to transportation planning involving four agencies

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) describes the transportation planning activities the Council and other agencies propose to undertake during the next fiscal year. The UPWP promotes a unified regional approach to transportation planning, in order to achieve regional goals and objectives.

The UPWP also documents proposed expenditures of federal, state and local transportation planning funds, and serves as a management tool for agencies in scheduling major transportation planning activities, milestones and products. 

Who's involved?

Four agencies participate in the UPWP:

See participants roles and responsibilities.


What's included?

The UPWP describes:

  • Who will perform the work.
  • A schedule for completing projects.
  • The result from the project activity.
  • The proposed budget for each activity.

The UPWP serves as the Metropolitan Council’s application for US DOT transportation planning funds, so projects with Council participation contain details about staff hours and consultant costs, describing how the planning money will be spent, along with 20 percent local match. 

See the UPWP

See the 2017 Unified Planning Work Program (37 pages, pdf).