The New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities Consortium is pleased to announce that the Draft Implementation Plan for Sustainable Development in the New York-Connecticut Metropolitan Region is now available for public review.
TAP Funding Availability and Webinars
On February 10, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald announced the availability of applications for transportation projects under the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Projects will be selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated on established criteria that include environmental enhancement to and for the transportation system; connectivity to an existing transportation system; encouragement of smart growth; impact on local or regional economies; availability of matching funds; and level of community support.
The funding for these projects is provided by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and administered by NYSDOT. Up to 80 percent of the eligible proposed project costs will be reimbursed to successful applicants. Project sponsors are responsible for securing the remaining project funding.
The deadline for applications is June 11. Additional information about the program, including the application and guidebook; list of eligible TAP projects; technical assistance and regional workshops, including links to presentations; NYSDOT TAP Regional Coordinators; and federal project requirements are available at https://www.dot.ny.gov/tap. Please direct any questions to the appropriate Regional Coordinator.
Council Adopts $24 Million UPWP,
Discusses Emerging Partnerships in
the NY-NJ-CT Region
City DOT Commissioner Gives Keynote Speech, Highlights City’s Vision for Transportation
At its Annual Meeting on February 27th, the Council voted to adopt its $24 million planning program for the state fiscal year beginning April 1st, and heard from newly appointed New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg on the city’s vision for a safer and more resilient transportation network. Rockland County Executive Ed Day was also welcomed as one of the newest Council members, and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was confirmed as the new rotating co-chair. Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino was recognized for his service as the prior co-chair; former Council members Janette Sadik-Khan and Amanda Burden were recognized for their contributions to the Council.
Commissioner Trottenberg spoke extensively about the de Blasio Administration’s Vision Zero Action Plan. Specifically, she focused on improving safety for all of the city’s transportation system users – whether on its roads and bridges, Staten Island Ferry and sidewalks and bikeways; the importance of keeping the system in a state of good repair; the commitment to ensuring opportunity through access to transportation, particularly in underserved communities; a continued focus on livable streets, including pedestrian plazas and bike lanes; and efficient and effective project delivery, particularly in light of scarce resources and the need to find alternative ways to finance transportation projects. Commissioner Trottenberg’s remarks will be posted when available.
Following the keynote remarks, NYMTC Executive Director Joel Ettinger gave a presentation on the importance of regional planning partnerships in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area, focusing on the meeting’s theme, Expanding Horizons. The Council then held a roundtable discussion on the topic, noting the importance of not only continuing existing partnerships, but also looking beyond the tri-state region in areas such as freight planning, regional rail transit and ways to maximize efficiencies and effectiveness along the Northeast Corridor Megaregion.
The meeting was webcast and may be viewed by clicking here
Brown Bag Examines MTA Surveys: Methods and Findings
Dozens turned out for the March 12th Brown Bag presentation to hear Julia Seltzer, Manager of Planning for the MTA, talk about the agency’s recent survey efforts. Since 2007, MTA Planning has been using data from two completed origin and destination surveys to analyze how Metro North customers and New York City residents are traveling and using the MTA system. Data for over 100,000 customer’s travel and demographic characteristics has already been posted on the MTA website and more will be posted once the Long Island Rail Road survey is completed later this year. Participants hears about how this invaluable regional planning resource was collected, how the information can be accessed, and some key findings of the work such as:
Click here to download the presentation, including a link to the webinar recording.
Hurricane Sandy Adaptation Study Presentation at January PFAC
At the January 23rd meeting of NYMTC’s Program, Finance and Administration Committee, audience members heard a special presentation by Heather Holsinger, Environmental Protection Specialist with the Federal Highway Administration, on the Hurricane Sandy Follow-up and Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Analysis.
This study is underway thanks to a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-funded Transportation Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment grant, and the FHWA and representatives from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Departments of Transportation, four Metropolitan Planning Organizations in the three states – NYMTC; North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority; South Western Regional Planning Agency; and Greater Bridgeport Regional Council – along with the MTA and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, have begun a region-wide vulnerability assessment and adaptation analysis for the tri-state area.
The presentation included an overview of the activities in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut study to date, specifically the selection of ten transportation facilities submitted by the Committee for engineering assessment: PANYNJ Port Jersey South, Bayonne, NJ; MTA Metro-North Railroad, New Haven Line, Pelham, NY; Yellow Mill Channel Bridge, over Route 130, Bridgeport, Conn.; NJ 37 East Bound Barnegat Bay Bridge, Toms River/Seaside Heights, NJ; Loop Parkway Bridge over Long Creek , Town of Hempstead, NY; Hugh Carey Tunnel (Brooklyn Battery Tunnel ), MTA Bridges and Tunnels, NY; Route 7, Kearney NJ; Austin Blvd. / Long Beach Road Corridor, Town of Hempstead, NY. Bergen Ave., West Babylon NY; Saw Mill River Parkway, Dobbs Ferry, NY.
The presentation also includes an overview of FHWA’s Adaptation Work, and at other areas in the U.S. that are conducting FHWA-funded Adaptation Analysis studies.
For more information go to www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/climate_change/adaptation/
Annual Listing of Obligated Projects and Updated Project Listings Now Available
NYMTC announces the availability of the Annual Listing of Obligated Projects for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2013. The Annual Listing isrequired by federal regulations after the conclusion of a fiscal year to report on progress in implementing the five-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Although the TIP indicates planned funding for improvement projects and confers eligibility for federal funding, obligation effectively “locks in” the funding for projects and leads the way to implementation.
This annual listing of obligated projects has also been mapped for ease of review. Directions to spatially view the project listing in Google Earth and learn more on TIP visualization are available by clicking hereUpdated project listings (Dec 2013) for the FFY 2014-18 TIP are available for download by clicking here
Toward Water Mass Transit –
At NYMTC’s October 23rd Brown Bag Presentation Toward Water Mass Transit, Roland Lewis, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, discussed the advantages of an extensive, regional commuter ferry network as a means of transit equity, economic development, and emergency management, as well as how upland transit improvements, fare integration, and regional service coordination can optimize the benefits of water mass transit.
Freight Transportation Working Group Meets
On September 25th, NYMTC hosted a well attended Freight Transportation Working Group meeting with a focus on the advantages of bringing in freight activities together spatially. The meeting’s two presentations, The Freight-Manufacturing Nexus: Metropolitan Chicago’s Built-in Advantage and Brookhaven Rail Terminal Today and in the Future - Moving and Growing Rail Freight on Long Island focused on the advantages of bringing together manufacturing, logistics and freight transportation facilities.
Council Adopts the Region’s $700 Billion Transportation Plan
NYMTC Council Meeting Included a Special Presentation by Seth Diamond, New York State Director for Storm Recovery, on “Making New York's Transportation System More Resilient.”
On September 4th, the members of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council took action to adopt the Draft 2014 – 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (Plan 2040) and the 2013 Congestion Management Process Report; the 2014-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP); and the Transportation Conformity Determination. Taken together, these federally required major products and analyses are critical to enabling hundreds of billions of dollars of federal transportation funds to flow to the region.
A presentation by Seth Diamond, New York State Director for Storm Recovery, entitled “Making New York's Transportation System More Resilient,” focused on the four major principles put forth by Governor Cuomo to respond to Hurricane Sandy and make the state stronger and more resilient to future events. Appointed by Governor Cuomo in May 2013, Mr. Diamond oversees the planning, coordination and implementation efforts associated with funding the state has received for recovery, rebuilding and resiliency work associated with Hurricanes Sandy, Irene and Lee.
Council members attending the meeting included Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone; Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell; NYS Department of Transportation Chief Financial Officer Ron Epstein, representing Commissioner and NYMTC co-chair Joan McDonald; Westchester Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett, representing Westchester County Executive and NYMTC co-chair Robert Astorino; FTA Regional Administrator Marilyn Shazor; FHWA Division Administrator Jonathan McDade; MTA Chief Operating Officer Nuria Fernandez; and designated representatives from the Port Authority of NY&NJ; Nassau County; Rockland County; New York City DOT; New York City Department of City Planning; and other federal and state representatives.
The meeting was webcast and may be viewed by clicking here
The adopted documents are available for download as follows:
A copy of the presentation to the Council on the products is available by clicking here
The 2014-2040 Regional Transportation Plan includes the NYMTC members’ vision for the planning area and lays out the long-range framework for maintaining and improving the region’s transportation system: its roads, bridges, freight and transit facilities and equipment, and its non-motorized transportation networks. It identifies the transportation improvement concepts, projects and policy recommendations and needs and potential resources that will address the region’s long-term growth challenges and needs – an initial step to bringing federal transportation dollars into the area.
Highlights of Plan 2040 include:
Regional Growth Over the life of the Plan:
The FFY 2014 – 18 TIP includes:
The Federally Supported Transportation System in NYMTC’s Planning Area includes:
NYMTC & NJTPA Regional Household Travel Survey Data Set Now Available
From the fall of 2010 through the fall of 2011, travel data was collected from households across 28 counties in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, providing key travel statistics for the region to help in the planning of future transportation investments. The purpose of the survey was to obtain household travel data for the 2012 base year of NYMTC’s travel demand model, the New York Best Practice Model (NYBPM). After an extensive review of the collected data, the RHTS Data Set is being made publicly available. The Public Use Data Set contains the travel data from a total 18,965 households that participated in the survey. A Data User’s Manual that provides detailed information about the data set is also available. The final report, including survey results and summary, is under development and scheduled for release in fall 2013. To download a copy of the Public Use Data Set and the Data User’s Manual users must first agree to terms and conditions in the Data Disclaimer, which will then lead to the 2010-11 RHTS Public Use Data Set & Data User’s Manual.
TCC Executive Committees Endorse Project Listings
NYMTC’s three Technical Coordinating Committee Executive Committees each met to take actions to ensure the continuing flow of federal dollars into the region. These actions included: Recommendation of projects for inclusion in Plan 2040; Recommendation of project proposals for the 2014-2018 TIP; Affirmation of Urban Area Boundaries based on the 2010 Census; and other actions specific to the TCC. TCC recommendations for these required products are a key step in the development of the new Plan and TIP.
Mid-Hudson South TCC and Nassau/Suffolk TCC each confirmed new rotating co-chairs: Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, respectively. The NYCTCC had confirmed the MTA as rotating co-chair at its January meeting. Webcasts from the MHSTCC and N/STCC are available by clicking here.
Freight Transportation Working Group Meeting
The May 15th meeting of the Freight Transportation Working Group Meeting included presentations on New York City’s JFK Air Cargo Study, New York City’s Truck Impact Study and NYSERDA’s Hudson River Foodway Corridor Study. The presentations are available for download below
FTWG was established to expand and enhance the freight planning process in the NYMTC region to meet the needs of shippers, receivers, and ultimately the general population through less congested roads, less pollution, and less expensive products and services. It is composed of the Council’s members, freight providers and receivers and their associations, other interested transportation agencies, business associations, neighboring metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) in the Tri-State region, interested parties such as civic groups, advocacy groups, and representatives of elected officials. For more information contact Howie Mann at 631-952-6115 or email@example.com.
Recent Speakers and Presentations Focus on MTA Data and Information
As part of its ongoing speaker series, NYMTC recently hosted two presenters who each spoke about different data and trend-related aspects of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Whither the Dashing Commuter?....Transport Trends and Challenges in a Changing Region
At the April 18th PFAC meeting, William Wheeler, Director of Special Project Development and Planning for the MTA, gave a presentation entitled “Whither the Dashing Commuter?....Transport Trends and Challenges in a Changing Region,” which included an overview of the MTA’s current analysis and possible strategies to meet anticipated regional needs. As part of its development of a “Twenty-year Needs” capital investment strategy, MTA reviews the socioeconomic and ridership changes in the region, both in the recent past and projected future. Some changes are dramatic – such as NYC Transit reaching ridership levels not seen since 1950, and unprecedented growth in New York City’s population – while some changes are subtle as recessions and the maturation of the Baby Boom generation affect employment and ridership patterns.
Visualizing MTA Data: The Importance of Trend Lines
To restart the Brown Bag Lunch series, disrupted by Hurricane Sandy, on April 24th, Ellyn Shannon, Senior Transportation Planner for the Permanent Advisory Committee (PCAC) to the MTA, spoke about Visualizing MTA Data: The Importance of Trend Lines. The presentation highlighted the findings of the PCAC’s March 19th report of the same name, followed by a discussion of the most pressing trend lines including ridership, on-time performance, train frequency, mean distance between failures, staffing levels, debt and funding levels, all of which can help to tell the MTA story.
2040 Regional Transportation Plan
New Yorkers from around the region joined NYMTC at a series of Open Houses held in September and October to kick off the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. The comment period is now closed. We appreciate the hundreds of comments submitted at the open houses, through social media and other means, and via the internet-based MindMixer site. These comments will now be analyzed and discussed with NYMTC’s members as the Plan is being further developed. Additional public outreach is planned for the spring, once the Plan is drafted.
When developed, NYMTC’s 2040 Plan will lay out a long-range framework for maintaining and improving the region’s transportation system: its roads, bridges, freight and mass transit facilities, and its bicycle and pedestrian networks. It will ultimately identify the transportation improvement concepts, projects and policy recommendations that can address the region’s long-term growth challenges and needs – an initial step to bringing federal transportation dollars into the area. For more information visit
Council Discusses 2040 Plan, Adopts Revised Public Involvement Plan and Operating Procedures
On September 27, 2012, NYMTC’s members met to discuss key themes of the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, take action to adopt a resolution on distribution of Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Program Funds and Section 5340 Growing States Formula Funds for FFY12, adopt a revised Public Involvement Plan and supplemental operating procedures, and include two new Select Bus Service projects in the fiscally constrained portion of the 2010-2035 Plan. The meeting also included a presentation on Financing Transportation Improvements by Kevin DeGood, Deputy Policy Director, Transportation for America. A resolution was also presented to Robert Zerrillo, Council Secretary, retired, for his work on behalf of the members.
Click on the webcast link on the upper right corner of this page to see the archived webcast of the meeting
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