The Budget

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

The Unified Planning Work Program is one of the core planning documents, serving as the budget for SJTPO. The UPWP describes all transportation and planning related activities to be conducted by SJTPO staff, subregional partners, and member agencies during the state fiscal year, effective July 1st through June 30th. The FY 2023 UPWP, approved by the SJTPO Policy Board on March 28, 2022 details the planning efforts from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.

Federal planning regulations require that each year, MPOs are required to prepare a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), in cooperation with member agencies, to describe all metropolitan transportation and transportation-related air quality planning activities anticipated within the region during the state fiscal year. The tasks and activities within the UPWP are intended to advance the priorities of the region, guided by SJTPO’s federally required long-range, regional transportation plan and the planning requirements within the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). The upwp incorporates planning priorities shared annually by NJDOT, FHWA, and FTA.

The FY 2023 UPWP is unique in that it will be the first budget influenced by the Infrastructure Investment and Job Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the new transportation bill signed into law by President Biden in November 2021.

The total expenditures and revenues for the FY 2023 UPWP are $5,196,801.00, which is considerably more than the total expenditures and revenues of the FY 2022 UPWP. To further supplement the Technical Program, SJTPO will leverage FHWA HSIP funding in the amount of $1.6 million to support a consultant-led technical study that will help advance the development of Countywide Local Road Safety Plans for the four counties. Authorization of the funds will be considered separately by NJDOT.

FY 2023 upwp Funding Breakdown

The total expenditures equate to total revenues at $5,196,801.00, with a breakdown of the tasks noted in the chart below.

SJTPO’s total expenditures and revenues are divided into five categories: Financial & Administrative Services, Operating/Direct Expenses, Other, Central Staff Salaries/Labor, and Technical Program. The Financial & Administrative Services category is provided to the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA), SJTPO’s administrative host, who performs financial administration and subcontracting on behalf of SJTPO. The Operating/Direct Expenses category allows SJTPO to purchase office supplies, equipment, software, travel expenses such as lodging, meals, mileage, and utilities. The Other category provides funding to SJTPO’s four counties. The counties receive funds through the UPWP to support their contributions to SJTPO and other transportation planning needs of their jurisdictions. The Central Staff Salaries/Labor goes toward staff salaries. The final category, referred to as the Technical Program, attributes the most significant percentage of SJTPO’s budget and supports consultant-led efforts. Before consultant-led efforts occur, staff work with the counties to determine the transportation needs and priorities of the region. After the needs and priorities are determined, staff will draft project scopes, release Requests for Proposals (RFPs), select the winning consultant, and manage the efforts once underway. Considering SJTPO has a finite amount of funds for the Technical Program each year, the number of consultant-led efforts vary. In the FY 2023 UPWP, there are six consultant-led efforts. The efforts include a microtransit feasibility study, demographic analysis, regional freight plan, among others. Each consultant-led effort is fully detailed in section five of the FY 2023 UPWP and Executive Summaries.   

UPWP Executive Summary

SJTPO publishes executive summaries of many of its plans and reports. The purpose of the executive summaries is to provide the public with a concise version of the extensive plans and reports. Like all other executive summaries produced by SJTPO, the UPWP Executive Summary is available in English and Spanish. Executive Summaries are proactively translated into Spanish as it is the four-county region’s primary Limited English Proficiency (LEP) language. As noted in the “Need the UPWP Translated” section, SJTPO is willing and able to translate the UPWP Executive Summary into an alternate language if requested. The English and Spanish UPWP Executive Summaries are listed below in the “Current UPWP” tab.

Need a Hard Copy of the upwp?

All final draft and final approved plans, programs, and studies produced by SJTPO are available online, at the SJTPO office, and at select libraries in the SJTPO region.

If, for any reason, an individual is unable to view documents on the SJTPO website, the SJTPO office, or any of the select libraries in the SJTPO region, noncolor copies may be requested. Fees for copies are $0.05 per letter page or $0.07 per legal page. Copies may be picked up at the SJTPO office for no additional charge or mailed at the expense of the receiver. The SJTPO may waive totals under $1.00. Printing and postage costs must be paid by receiver prior to mailing. Checks or money orders must be made out to the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA). Cash is not accepted.

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Need the upwp Translated?

The FY 2023 UPWP can be translated into an alternate language. To request a translation, complete the Translation Request form or email

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