The UPWP is prepared annually and details activities to be undertaken during each program year. The ARTS program year runs from July 1 to June 30. Because state and federal agencies must review the UPWP, work on the document begins six to seven months prior to the start of the applicable program year.
The UPWP is adopted by the ARTS Policy Committee in March of each year and is subject to amendment during the program year.
The UPWP includes information on the transportation planning process, the transportation and transit issues in the metropolitan area, and the planning and administrative work elements to be undertaken during the program year. An appendix includes the ARTS area goals and objectives, a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding for the study, and a summary of the UPWP budget.
The work element descriptions are the heart of the UPWP. The following information is included for each work element:
- Nature of the activity
- End product
- Accomplishments during the preceding year
A cost estimate spreadsheet identifies the source of funding for each work element and the agencies responsible for implementation. Work elements are grouped under the following headings:
- Program Administration and Implementation – includes activities related to administration of the ARTS planning process and public transportation in Augusta and Aiken, public involvement, staff education, and preparation of the UPWP and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
- Short Range Planning – includes activities to maintain the ARTS socioeconomic and land use database; address ongoing issues like congestion management, air quality, safety awareness, and computer mapping; and meet federal mandates related to the transit systems