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Links of Interest

Draft 2015-2018 STIP Information

Westford Center Parking and Transportation Study

Route 38 Transportation Study

Exit 36SB Planning Study

FFY 2013 Annual list of Obligated Funds in the Northern Middlesex Region

Wood St/Rourke Bridge Transportation Study

Merrimack River Trail Report

NMMPO Memorandum of Understanding

Public Participation Plan

Traffic Counting

Traffic Safety

Transportation Documents

Transit Planning Documents

Environmental Justice and Civil Rights


NMCOG Regional Roadway Network Interactive Mapping Database

Transportation Project Websites

I-495 Corridor Planning Study Documents







The local transportation planning process is carried out under the authority of the Northern Middlesex Metropolitan Planning Organization (NMMPO). The regional transportation policy making body, the Northern Middlesex Metropolitan Planning Organization, is composed of the chairpersons of the Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) and the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (NMCOG), the Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), and the Administrator of MassDOT Highway Division.  The Secretary acts as Chairman of the MPO.  In addition, the following are also voting members of the MPO: the chief elected official from the City of Lowell elected to serve as the city's representative to the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments, a selectman elected to serve on the Council and further elected by the Council to serve as that town's representative to the NMMPO, and an LRTA Advisory Board member representing a community within the NMMPO boundaries other than the City of Lowell, who may also be an elected official. A representative from the Federal Highway Administration and a representative from the Federal Transit Administration serve as ex officio, non-voting members of the MPO.

Current NMMPO Members include:

Stephanie Pollack Secretary of Transportation and Chief Executive Officer of MassDOT
Thomas Tinlin, Administrator of Highway Division of MassDOT
Matt Hanson, Chairman of NMCOG
Kevin O'Connor, Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) Chairman
Cory Belanger, City of Lowell Representative to the NMMPO
David Gay, Tewksbury Selectman and NMCOG MPO Representative
Tom Bomil, Town of Dracut LRTA Representative

Ex Officio Non Voting Members:

Mary Beth Mello, Federal Transit Administration

Pamela Stephenson, Federal Highway Administration









The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a programming and management document containing all federally funded transportation projects planned in the Northern Middlesex region over the next four years.  All transportation documents that will be funded under Title 23, U.S.C., or with Federal Transit Act funds, must be included in the document.  In addition, projects requiring FHWA or FTA approval, but not funded under Title 23, U.S.C., or with Federal Transit Act funds, must also be listed in the TIP.  Similarly, transportation projects funded with Federal funds from other federal agencies, as well as projects funded with local and private monies should be described in the document for informational purposes, in order to reflect the integrated and intermodal nature of the metropolitan transportation planning process. 

All of the transportation and supportive planning activities to be carried out in the NMCOG region are detailed in the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). The UPWP is required by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) as the basis for all Federal funding assistance for transportation planning to state, local and regional agencies, and is developed annually. Funds for transportation planning come from separate agencies within USDOT dealing with individual transportation modes such as highways, mass transit, and airways, and from MassDOT. The UPWP provides a way to coordinate these many different planning activities as well as to relate transportation planning concerns to overall comprehensive planning in the region and to support the "3C" (comprehensive, cooperative, continuing) Transportation Planning Process.





Congestion Management Process

Development of the CMP
Roadway Facilites
Park and Ride Lot Utilization
Transit Ridership Occupancy
Regional Bottlenecks

NMCOG Regional Roadway Network Interactive Map

Real Time Traffic Congestion



Federal Documents

Link to Endorsed 2016-2040 RTP

Endorsed FFY 2016 UPWP

Endorsed FFY 2016-2019 TIP

FFY 2012-2035 Regional Transportation Plan

FFY 2013 NMMPO Federal Obligation Report

NMMPO Certification Review Document