Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
The FY 2023 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) details the metropolitan transportation planning work activities to be performed or facilitated by the Regional Intergovernmental Council (RIC) transportation planning staff for the RIC metropolitan planning boundaries of Kanawha and Putnam counties in West Virginia during Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023). The UPWP includes the FY 2023 transportation planning budget and can also, by extension, serve as an important vehicle for implementing the initiatives of the current Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). To this end, when feasible, MTP projects will be programmed in UPWP work tasks. The RIC Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) is updated on a four-year cycle. RIC’s current MTP update was finalized and adopted in FY 2022 by the RIC Policy Board on September 9, 2021. RIC’s transportation planning efforts and resources in FY 2023 will be guided by the provisions and requirements of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), commonly referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
Access the FY 2024 UPWP: FY 2024 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
The FY 2024 UPWP includes the metropolitan transportation planning work activities to be performed by the Regional Intergovernmental Council (RIC) transportation planning staff during Fiscal Year 2024 (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024). The UPWP includes the FY 2024 transportation planning budget and can also, by extension, serve as an important vehicle for implementing the initiatives of the current Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). To this end, when feasible, MTP projects will be programmed in UPWP work tasks. This document has a minimum 45-day public review and comment period.
Hard copies and accessibility accommodations for the the FY 2024 UPWP are available upon request.
Title VI Plan
The Title VI Plan details RIC’s policies and responsibilities with regard to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other applicable statutes and was adopted at the December 8, 2022 meeting of the RIC Policy Board. It is important to note that this document is intended for the RIC transportation planning section.
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Public Participation Plan (PPP)
The Public Participation Plan sets forth the public involvement process for the plans and work activities of RIC transportation planning products. The plan was developed in accordance with applicable federal statutes and was adopted at the December 8, 2022 meeting of the RIC Policy Board.
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Comprehensive Safety Action Plan (CSAP)
The Regional Intergovernmental Council (RIC) Regional Comprehensive Safety Action Plan embodies our
values and hope for our region: Creating and maintaining a transportation system that takes us home
safely. The streets and sidewalks are necessary to every resident and visitor within this region, and as
such, should be a place where safety is promoted and promised. This document establishes actions and
strategies to begin building upon that promise – to someday eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on
the roads within our region
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Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan
In August of 2005, Congress passed the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation, Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), reauthorizing the surface transportation act. As part of this reauthorization, grantees under the Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310), Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) (Section 5316), and New Freedom Initiative (Section 5317) grant programs must meet certain requirements in order to receive funding for fiscal 2007 (beginning 10/1/06) and beyond.
One of the SAFETEA-LU requirements is that projects from the programs listed above must be part of a “locally developed coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan.” This plan is required to be developed through a process that includes representatives of public, private, and non-profit transportation services, human services providers and the general public.
The Regional Intergovernmental Council (RIC) led efforts in developing this plan for Region III, including Boone, Clay, Kanawha and Putnam Counties. RIC coordinated with the following stakeholders in developing the plan:
• Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority (KVRTA)
• Kanawha Alternative Transit (Division of KVRTA)
• C&H Taxi
• Hansford Center, St. Albans
• Kanawha Valley Senior Services
• Prestera Center
• Putnam Aging Program, Inc.
• John Henson Senior Center
• Clay Senior and Community Services, Inc.
• Tri River Transit
• Boone County Community Organization
• Appalachian Center for Independent Living, Inc.
• AFL-CIO Appalachian Council Head Start
• Good News Mountaineer Garage
• Union Mission
• WV Bureau of Senior Services
• Fair Shake Network
• Kanawha County Ambulance Authority
• WV Department of Health and Human Resources – Kanawha and Putnam Counties
• Clay County Development Corporation
• Boone County Development Authority
• Upper Kanawha Valley Enterprise Community
• Region III Workforce Investment Board
• City of Hurricane
To view the plan, click on the link below:
Public Transit-Human Service Plan
Kanawha-Putnam Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
The RIC MPO updated the Kanawha – Putnam Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which serves as a guide for communities interested in enhancing bicycle and pedestrian access, mobility, and safety. The plan also provides communities with an implementation strategy for recommended improvements to develop a network of bikeways, trails, and pedestrian facilities. The plan was adopted at the March 14, 2019 meeting of the RIC Policy Board.
In accordance with the PPP and the directives of the RIC BPAC, public comment solicitation for bicycle and pedestrian related matters are ongoing. Please fill out the location-based survey tool to make comments about existing bicycle and pedestrian conditions.
Transportation Surveillance Report
Working with other public and private agencies such as the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT), the FHWA and the Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority (KVRTA), RIC strives to implement a transportation system that assures healthy growth and orderly development in the region. One of the main goals of RIC is working to develop a well-coordinated, functional transportation system to satisfy existing and future travel demands.
RIC and its staff work to promote a complete transportation system, one which will enhance the efficient movement of goods and people, while promoting greater safety and maintaining a conscious regard for the quality of life. For this goal to become a reality, constant monitoring of the existing system must occur. Staff is continually collecting data on the existing system to support the short-range planning process and to identify the challenges and opportunities of the future.
The purpose of this report is to highlight and visually illustrate some of the transportation planning activities conducted by RIC and show transportation related trends of the area. Included in this report is a summary of the traffic surveillance activities, intersection analyses, corridor and impact studies, long-range planning, and bicycle/pedestrian planning activities completed in recent years. This report intends to familiarize the reader with the historic population and employment trends and current traffic congestion and safety conditions. The web version of this document is interactive and connects the various planning documents and organizations together.