Urban Transportation planning includes a long-range perspective, a short-range view, and a mechanism for linking the two. The MPO produces a series of documents that facilitate the transportation planning process. They include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) Metropolitan Transportation Plan, (2) Transportation Improvement Program, (3) Unified Planning Work Program, (4) Project Listing, (5) Public Involvement Procedures and (6) the Texas Urban Mobility Plan. The following information will help you to understand the purpose and time frame of each of these documents.
The Metropolitan Transportation Plan, or MTP, is updated every five years. The MTP is a long-range fiscally constrained transportation plan.
The Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP for short, is updated every two years. The TIP is a short-range document describing specific work programmed for the upcoming three years.
The Unified Planning Work Program, or UPWP, is updated every year. The UPWP describes work tasks and responsibilities relative to transportation planning.
The Annual List of Projects (ALOP) is an annual document that describes all projects completed during the year in which federal funds were used.
The MPO's public participation procedures are adopted by the Policy Committee and regulate the minimum amount and method of involvement with the public that must occur. These are only updated as necessary.
The Texas Urban Mobility Plan, or TUMP, is long-range needs-based plan that is not fiscally constrained and is updated as needed by the state with the assistance of MPOs, cities, counties, etc.