The Nashua MPO is federally designated to carry out the metropolitan transportation planning process in the Metropolitan Planning Area to include the City of Nashua and the Towns of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Lyndeborough, Mason, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Pelham and Wilton, New Hampshire.
In 2012, the Nashua MPO was designated as a Transportation Management Area (TMA). As a TMA, the Nashua MPO has a stronger voice in setting priorities for implementing projects listed in the transportation improvement program and is responsible for additional planning products. The planning processes in MPOs in TMAs also must be certified by the Secretary of DOT as being in compliance with federal requirements.
Also, the MPO is required to develop and maintain a Congestion Management Process (CMP) which connects the Long Range planning goals of the region to short range project implementation. As demand and operational management strategies are implemented to address congestion problems, it becomes increasingly important to document these strategies in a structured process to ensure the effectiveness if the investments in the transportation system. The CMP is the tool for documenting this process and connecting the Long Range planning goals of the region to short range project implementation.
Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
The purpose of the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is to present all transportation planning activities anticipated within the Nashua Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) region, regardless of funding sources, in a single document. It is developed to meet the requirements of 23 CFR Part 450, Subpart C. The work program is intended to facilitate review procedures, funding applications, grant decisions and allocations, technical and financial monitoring and periodic evaluation of substantive and procedural aspects for intermodal transportation planning under prescribed guidelines.
The Nashua Regional Planning Commission Prospectus is designed to provide an introduction to, and a framework for, the transportation planning process in the NRPC area. It addresses several important functions pursuant to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulations (23 CFR Part 450) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations (49 CFR Part 613) including an overview of the Nashua Metropolitan Planning Organization, functional responsibilities of the participating agencies, the transportation planning process in New Hampshire the public involvement process; and project solicitation and selection.