Unified Planning Work Program

NOTICE: Public Comment for Proposed Amendment #1 to FY 2021 Work Program
As Fiscal Year 2021 got underway, changes to the funding sources for several special studies were made, one project is being removed, and local transit agencies also had adjustments to budget sources and project identification that needed to be included in the FY 2021 UPWP. The proposed amendment is available for public review and comment from October 16 to November 15, 2020. The CAMPO Executive Board will consider action at their meeting on November 18, 2020. Comments can be submitted through the webform, via email to comments@campo-nc.us, via phone to 919-996-4403, or via U.S. Mail to: CAMPO, Attn: Bonnie Parker, 421 Fayetteville St., Suite 203, Raleigh, NC 27601. More information is detailed below...

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) outlines the planning efforts the MPO will undertake each year and serves as both the annual budget and the guide to work tasks for the MPO staff. Tasks include general maintenance of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Triangle Regional Travel Demand Model, special studies, public outreach and engagement, and technical analysis. The UPWP also includes the planning tasks our transit providers undertake to meet Federal Transit Administration requirements.  A new UPWP is drafted every year, usually in December or January and brought to the MPO board in late winter or early spring for approval.

FY 2022 Work Program - Call for Special Studies

The call for special studies for CAMPO's FY 22 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is open from August 19 – October 30, 2020. Special studies may be requested by CAMPO member agencies, partner agencies or stakeholders. Typically, special studies are funded in the UPWP using 80% MPO funds and 20% non-MPO funds. Studies deemed to be of significant regional value or impact may qualify as “core mission” studies, and may be funded with 100% MPO funds.

To request consideration of a special study, please send a memo to Shelby Powell outlining the purpose of the study, anticipated deliverables, projected cost of the study, funding source and relevant funding partners for the non-MPO portion of the cost of the study, and anticipated timeline for the study. Please keep in mind that these requests are for the FY 22 UPWP, so accepted studies will not begin prior to July 1, 2021.

Requests are due by close of business on October 30, 2020.

Staff Contact: Shelby Powell 


FY2021 Draft

The FY 2021 Work Program was approved by the Executive Board on February 19, 2020. It covers anticipated MPO work efforts between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Included as an appendix is the Capital Area MPO's Self-Certification.

Amendment to the FY 2021 UPWP (Proposed)

As Fiscal Year 2021 got underway, changes to the funding sources for several special studies were made. Also, it was determined that one special study, the Fayetteville-Raleigh Passenger Rail Study Phase II, would not move forward in FY 21 due to the inability of NCDOT to financially participate, and the outcomes of Phase I indicated the need for additional coordination with our partners along the corridor. Transit agencies also had adjustments to budget sources and project identification that needed to be included in this UPWP. Items included in this Amendment are:

  • Triangle Bikeway - adjusted funding allocations to reconcile with actual spending on the study, and extended the time period of the study to conclude in FY 22 instead of FY 21. Total study cost remained the same.
  • Northeast Area Study - adjusted funding allocations between FY 20 and FY 21 to reconcile with actual spending on the study. Total study cost remained the same.
  • Fayetteville-Raleigh Passenger Rail Study - adjusted the start of Phase II to begin in FY 22 instead of FY 21. Deleted FY 21 funding associated with this study.
  • Bus on Shoulder Study - adjusted the funding sources to reflect CAMPO and GoTriangle financial contributions to the study, and remove the DCHC MPO and NCDOT financial contributions to the study.
  • Wake Transit Implementation Studies - added the Wake Transit BRT Expansion Major Investment Study from Research Triangle Park to Clayton, as per the adopted Wake Transit Work Program. This study will begin in FY 21 and is anticipated to conclude in FY 22. Also adjusted budget figures to align with adopted Wake Transit Work Program.
  • GoRaleigh - added funding from the federal CARES Act for Western Boulevard TOD study and an operational analysis to be conducted by GoRaleigh (including updates to Table 4A).
  • GoCary - adjusted funding table to reflect 20% local match for 5307 funds, and remove NCDOT/State 10% match for 5307 funds. (including updates to Table 4B).

The Proposed Amendment is available to receive public comments from October 16, 2020 through November 15, 2020. Action to approve the Amendment is anticipated to occur at the November 18, 2020 Executive Board meeting. Comments can be submitted through the webform, via email to comments@campo-nc.usvia phone to 919-996-4403, or via U.S. Mail to: CAMPO, Attn: Bonnie Parker, 421 Fayetteville St., Suite 203, Raleigh, NC 27601.


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