The Transportation Department provides various services and assistance to its member communities as part of its 3C (Comprehensive, Cooperative and Continuing) Transportation Planning contract with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).   Services range from traffic count data for area roadways, pavement management and condition data, high crash locations within the region to pedestrian and bicycle trail inventories.

In addition, the MRPC serves as staff to the Montachusett Metropolitan Planning Organization (MMPO) on various federally required documents such as the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the Public Participation Program (PPP).  Staff also assists the MPO and MRPC in meeting the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

For more information on services, please contact Brad Harris, Transportation Director at (978)345-7376 extension 311.


Transportation Improvement Program

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is produced annually as required by federal regulations issued jointly by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). In its simplest form, the TIP is a prioritized listing of transportation and transit projects proposed for implementation during future federal fiscal years for the region. Through an identified Public Participation Program (PPP) that establishes procedures utilized to ensure a "proactive public involvement process ... in developing plans and TIPs", the Montachusett Joint Transportation Committee (MJTC), the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART), the MRPC, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highway Division work cooperatively to develop the TIP.


Unified Planning Work Program

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for the Montachusett Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a financial programming tool developed annually as part of the federally certified transportation planning process. This document contains task descriptions of the transportation planning program of the MPO, with associated budget information and funding sources for the current program year. The purpose of the UPWP is to ensure a comprehensive, cooperative, and continuing (3C) transportation planning process in the Leominster-Fitchburg Urbanized Area and the Montachusett Region. In addition, this document provides for the coordination of planning efforts between communities in the Montachusett Region.


Regional Transportation Plan

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) provides guidance to local and state officials in deciding how to spend federal and state transportation funds as well as outlines the transportation priority needs for the region. The plan identifies both short range and long range projects for roads, highways, bridges, rail, transit, freight and airports. The RTP is developed through studies, discussions with local officials, boards and commissions and public comment.  While the RTP may cover a period of up to 25 years into the future, it is updated every four years so it can be adapted to emerging needs and trends

The RTP was completed and endorsed by the Montachusett MPO on July 30, 2015.


Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Brad Harris Transportation Project Director (978) 345-7376 ext 311
George Snow Principal Transportation Planner (978) 345-7376 ext 312
Sheri Bean Principal Planner (978) 345-7376 ext 315
Brian Doherty Principal Planner (978) 345-7376 ext.316
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