Welcome to the Canal Area Transportation Study (CATS) webpage. This study was completed in February 2011 following a series of public outreach meetings and public review. CATS was funded by the Federal Highway Administration at the request of the study sponsor, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC).  NYMTC is a regional council of governments which is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for New York City, Long Island, and the lower Hudson Valley. Click here for the CATS Final Report.

The first phase (Track I) of CATS, which was initiated in 2002, identified and coordinated implementation of more short-term, localized improvements. Track II, which took a broader approach, was a more regional, multi-modal study of the transportation issues affecting the area. It led to recommendations for medium- and long-term transportation investments and improvements. Several of these recommendations were implemented over the course of the study, and several are being considered for implementation. The City of New York will undertake a reconstruction of Canal Street using federal funds; the study will help to inform the planned reconstruction.

CATS was a complex and intricate undertaking that required coordination on the part of many different agencies and organizations to complete. The enterprise featured a strong public input component, in which the public was invited to submit their comments and provide input at the various stages of CATS. Upon completion of CATS Track II, NYMTC held a public review session and invited the public to provide additional input and feedback on CATS. Subsequently, the public’s comments were referred to the appropriate agencies, which in turn provided responses to each individual comment. Click here for the CATS Public Review comment log detailing both the individual comment and public agencies responses.

This website was created to facilitate public input to the study process and to provide regular study updates. We invite you to navigate through the various pages of this site listed to the left to learn more about the study.








Last Updated: June 30, 2011