In August, the Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) approved the 2023-2024 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and the 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement
The TIP is a multi-year listing of transportation projects within the Jackson Metropolitan Area with a commitment of funding from a combination of federal, state, and/or local sources. The TIP serves as a short-term planning document that lists approximately four (4) years of federally funded or regionally significant transportation projects designed to carry out the recommendations of the region’s long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan. The projects include various capital and operating needs of the region including reconstruction; maintenance and operation of major highways, arterials, collectors, and intersections; maintenance of public transit services, and construction of bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
All projects that have received a commitment of federal transportation funds, along with non-federally funded projects that are regionally significant, are included in the TIP. The TIP lists all project phases and the anticipated implementation schedule for those phases for each included project. Project phases can include preliminary engineering, design, environmental review, right-of-way acquisition, and construction. The TIP is required to be realistic in terms of available funding. Meaning the projected amount of expenditures does not exceed the projected amount of revenue each year. The 2023-2026 Jackson Urbanized Area TIP covers the timeframe of October 1, 2022, to September 30, 2026. By federal law, the TIP is required to be updated at least every four (4) years, but the Jackson MPO typically updates its TIP every two (2) years. The TIP document as well as an interactive TIP map is available for review on CMPDD’s website, http://cmpdd.org/transportation-improvement-program-tip/.
The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) describes all transportation planning activities to be performed by the CMPDD as the designated MPO and JTRAN as the designated public transit provider during fiscal years 2023 and 2024 (October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2024). It includes a listing of major activities and tasks anticipated to be performed including details on who will complete the work, the schedule for completing the work, the resulting planning products, and a summary of the proposed funding sources. The 2023-2024 UPWP contains four (4) major program areas with associated subtasks for each including:
- Transportation Planning Process Program Administration
- System Planning
- Data Collection and Analysis
- Support Activities