The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) has produced the Draft Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for fiscal year 2023, which begins on July 1, 2022. The UPWP describes transportation planning work to be performed for the Hampton Roads metropolitan planning area by the HRTPO, the local public transportation operators (Hampton Roads Transit, Williamsburg Area Transit Authority, and Suffolk Transit), and the Virginia Department of Transportation.  This public notice is to request public review and comment on the draft UPWP.

In addition to detailing the work associated with HRTPO core functions – the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the Congestion Management Process (CMP), and Public Participation – federal regulations state that the UPWP for Metropolitan Planning Organizations designated as Transportation Management Areas (TMA) shall include a discussion of the planning priorities of the metropolitan planning area.  It is in the determination of these planning priorities that the HRTPO Board ensures its vision and goals are carried forward in the UPWP. 

Establishing clear direction from the HRTPO Board regarding its priorities allows HRTPO staff to ensure that limited resources (staff, funding) are properly allocated in the UPWP.  There are a number of emerging issues that will have a significant impact on metropolitan transportation planning, and the planning priorities for the Hampton Roads TMA will strive to address these issues.  For FY 2023, the planning priorities for the HRTPO include better integrating the following issues into HRTPO planning and programming:

Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA) and Suffolk Transit rely on the HRTPO’s public participation process to assist in satisfying their Program of Projects (POP) requirements identified in 49 U.S.C. §5307. The notice of public involvement activities for the HRTPO FY 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and time established (14 days) for public review and comment on the TIP will satisfy the POP requirements of the Section 5307 Program.

You may access the Draft FY 2023 UPWP by clicking on the following link:

Draft FY 2023 UPWP

You may also obtain a copy of the draft UPWP by contacting John Mihaly, Principal Transportation Planner, at the email address below or by phone at (757) 423-8300.   All interested parties are encouraged to review the Draft FY 2023 UPWP and send comments to Mr. Mihaly at or by mail to 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320.  The deadline for comments on this draft is April 20, 2022.


Created: April 6, 2022

Last Modified: April 6, 2022