Main Transportation Documents

The federally driven transportation planning process requires three main documents, each of which is described and linked below.

Transportation - DocumentsUnified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

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 JTC voted on April 26, 2017 to release for public comment and review the DRAFT UPWP for FFY 2018.

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

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 2018-2022 The FFY 2018-2022 TIP Amendment adds the 5339 - Low or No Emission Vehicle Program (LoNo) funds in the amount of $1,200,000.00 to the FFY 2019 Transit Element. Once approved, the monies will be flexed from FHWA-to-FTA for use by the Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) to purchase 35-ft electric buses and an energy storage system. There were no comments, and the document was voted on, approved, and endorsed by the JTC on November 15th, 2017. 

Transportation Improvement Program for FFY 2018-2022  The JTC voted on April 26, 2017 to release for public comment and review DRAFT TIP for FFY 2018-2022.


Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) or Martha's Vineyard Transportation Plan (MVTP)

Updated every four years, the MVTP, 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) The PPP provides an overview of the Martha's Vineyard transportation planning process, participants, certification documents, and how a person can participate. 

Freight Corridors The JTC voted on April 26, 2017 to release for public comment and review proposed freight corridors.


Federal Fiscal Year Obligations

The Martha's Vineyard Joint Transportation Committee (JTC) is making the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017 Annual Listing of Obligated Projects available for public review. The Annual Listing of Projects provides the projects for which federal funds have been obligated in FFY 2017 (October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017). FFY '17 MV Obligations

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