Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
All Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are required to develop a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) annually. The UPWP, which identifies transportation planning and programming activities that are to be undertaken by the Lake~Sumter MPO during the upcoming year, must be approved and adopted by the MPO and transmitted to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) by May 15 of each year. The intent of a comprehensive work plan is to coordinate all federally-funded transportation planning and transportation-related planning activities in the region. Planning activities programmed within the UPWP meet the requirements of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and FDOT.
Each year in late summer, FDOT begins a new Tentative Work Program cycle in order to program funds for the state fiscal year beginning the following July 1. Available federal funds are determined by apportionments from the FHWA. These funds are distributed to each FDOT District and each MPO according to the approved distribution formulas. Available state funds are distributed by formula to each District. MPO programs are generally funded by FHWA Metropolitan Planning (PL), Surface Transportation Program (STP), State (D), Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) Trust and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5303 funds. Once these funds are programmed and the Department adopts the Work Program, execution of a Joint Participation Agreement (JPA) between the MPO and FDOT can begin.