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Overall Work Program (OWP)

The Overall Work Program (OWP) is the principal document describing the budget, allocation, and use of federal and state transportation planning funds in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area region.

Aerial cityscape view of San Francisco
Aerial cityscape view of San Francisco. Photo by heyengel / istock

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission as a federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) that serves the nine Bay Area counties. The Overall Work Program (OWP) establishes the transportation planning objectives to be achieved and assigns the institutional responsibility and funding to complete the work for the region.  

The OWP defines the continuing, comprehensive and coordinated metropolitan planning process for the San Francisco Bay region. It established transportation, air quality and other regional planning objectives, the methods and timing for achieving those objectives, and identifies planning responsibilities and funding to complete the work. The OWP also serves as a management tool for MTC in that it identifies all projects and services to be provided during the year beyond those mandated by the metropolitan planning process. The OWP, therefore, presents an annual blueprint for the agency’s use of resources for the fiscal year.

The OWP is a constantly changing document; changes occur during the year to reflect priority, funding and staffing changes. As a working document, the OWP must be amended prior to making changes in work scope, budget and completion dates for key tasks.

Annually, the MTC Commission approves the Overall Work Program OWP. The OWP is subject to periodic adjustments resulting from changes in activities as well as revisions in revenues and expenditures during the fiscal year.

The OWP was developed in consultation and coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and more than 150 partner organizations including public transit operators, congestion mitigation agencies (CMAs), tribal governments and other stakeholders. It includes Caltrans’ Unified Work Program and transportation and air quality planning activities proposed for the region for the state fiscal year, July 1 through June 30.

The Region produces documents—updated periodically—that comply with federal planning requirements:  the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), currently Plan Bay Area 2040, and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). These plans and their corresponding policies, strategies and investments embody the eleven planning factors:

  • Support the economic vitality of the metropolitan area, especially by enabling global competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency;
  • Increase the safety of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users;
  • Increase the security of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users;
  • Increase the accessibility and mobility of people and for freight;
  • Protect and enhance the environment, promote energy conservation, improve the quality of life, and promote consistency between transportation improvements and State and local planned growth and economic development patterns;
  • Enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes, for people and freight;
  • Promote efficient system management and operation;
  • Emphasize the preservation of the existing transportation system;
  • Improve the resiliency and reliability of the transportation system;
  • Reduce or mitigate storm water impacts of surface transportation;
  • Enhance travel and tourism.

This OWP describes the tasks and products proposed by the region to implement the transportation system and services articulated, and the goals embodied in Plan Bay Area 2040: Climate Protection, Adequate Housing, Healthy and Safe Communities, Open Space and Agricultural Preservation, Equitable Access, Economic Vitality and Transportation System Effectiveness.


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