The federally driven transportation planning process requires three main documents, each of which is described and linked below.
The UPWP is a contractual agreement that outlines transportation planning activities to be undertaken by the Commission with funding from federal and state agencies for the federal fiscal year (October 1 through September 30) It describes the activities to be performed by MVC staff for the Island transportation system such as data collection, studies, mapping, etc. It is produced annually.
The TIP is the short-range program of transportation projects or programs to be implemented in the next four years (based on the federal fiscal year of October 1 to September 30). It is similar to a local Capital Improvement Program in that it specifies the transportation projects to be advertised for construction and bus purchases or services to be carried out in the next year within the estimated federal and state funds for the Martha’s Vineyard region. All transportation projects funded by federal and state agencies must be included. The list is constrained by available funding sources and must satisfy air quality conformity guidelines.
Transportation Improvement Program AMENDMENT for FFY 2017-2021 This TIP Amendment adds the project Manuel Correllus State Forest Bike Path resurfacing of the section Dr. Fisher Road and Hopps Farm Rd, West Tisbury - Edgartown for the estimated cost of $547,888, removes the Lagoon Pond Drawbridge final amount, and adjusts Vineyard Transit Authority transit projects in 2017. There were no comments, and the document as voted on by the JTC on January 18, 2017, is final.
Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) or Martha's Vineyard Transportation Plan (MVTP)
Updated every four years, the RTP, or long-range transportation plan, sets the vision for the regional transportation system through a look at the existing inventory and operations, setting goals and strategies, and then working within the estimated funding to establish priorities for the Island transportation system improvements. It looks 25 years ahead and frames long and short-term strategies that will result in the development of an integrated multimodal regional transportation system. By analyzing the existing and future conditions of the region's transportation system, the Plan identifies needs, recommends further study and suggests for possible solutions. The last version was completed in 2015.
Public Participation Plan (PPP) - DRAFT January 2017
The PPP provides an overview of the Martha's Vineyard transportation planning process, participants, certification documents, and how a person can participate. A DRAFT PPP has been voted for public release and comment to reduce the comment period to 21 days for public comment on the certification documents - the UPWP, TIP, and RTP or MVTP (described above). The Joint Transportation Committee (JTC) voted on January 18, 2017 to release the document for pubic comment; the comment period for the Draft PPP is for at least 45 days through Monday, March 6, 2017.
Federal Fiscal Year Obligations
Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016 (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016) Obligations are simply the federal funds spent on projects on Martha's Vineyard during the year. The latest Federal Obligations for FFY 2016 are linked from the side menu "FFY 16 Obligations for MV" in Adobe Acrobat file format.