The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) is a regional council of governments that is the metropolitan planning organization for New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley. NYMTC provides a collaborative planning forum to address transportation-related issues, develops regional plans and makes decisions on the use of federal transportation funds.

Public Comment Period Opens October 5th for Draft Transportation Conformity Determination

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A thirty day public comment period opens Monday, October 5, 2015, for a Draft Transportation Conformity Determination for NYMTC’s 2014-2018 TIP and 2014-2040 Regional Transportation Plan, As Amended. This draft Conformity Determination is is being issued in response to the adoption of a new Regional Transportation Plan by the Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC).  Part of NYMTC’s planning area and all of OCTC’s planning area are in the Poughkeepsie Ozone Non-Attainment Area, which means that NYMTC and OCTC must coordinate their air quality activities.  No changes to non-exempt transportation projects – those projects that must be included in a regional emissions analysis under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 ‒ contained in NYMTC’s TIP or in Plan 2040 since NYMTC last adopted a Transportation Conformity Determination on December 4, 2014. The public comment period will begin on Monday, October 5, 2015 and end at 4 pm Wednesday, November 4, 2015. The comment period provides the opportunity for public feedback on the draft Transportation Conformity Determination.  
Comments should be sent in writing by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 to:

New York Metropolitan Transportation Council
Attn:David Drits
25 Beaver Street, Suite 201
New York, NY 10004
fax: 212-383-2418

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NYMTC Interim Executive Director Named

On Friday, May 22nd, Joel Ettinger retired as NYMTC’s longest-serving Executive Director. Joel played a leadership role on transportation issues in the New York region. We wish him good luck on his retirement.

On Monday, May 18th, NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald announced the appointment of Lisa Daglian as NYMTC’s Interim Executive Director, noting that, “Lisa has a strong background in strategy, communications and community building.” Lisa Daglian has served as NYMTC’s Public Information Officer for the past seven years, and has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors over the course of her career.


Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum Meeting Held

MAP June Meeting

The well-attended spring meeting of the Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum was held in NYMTC’s offices on June 11, and included on sustainability and resiliency planning efforts in the tri-state region, an update on the Northeast Corridor Future Rail Investment Plan, Trans-Hudson planning issues, and potential organization changes.  The meeting was available both in person and via webinar.

Click here to access the webinar recording.


Public Meetings/Webinars Held for Development Process for the 2017-21 TIP

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A series of public meetings/webinars was held around the region to kick off the development process for NYMTC’s next Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which will cover Federal Fiscal Years 2017-2021 (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2021). The purpose of these meetings/webinars was to review the development process and schedule for the new TIP and to provide updates on, answer questions about, and receive comments and suggestions on transportation improvement projects in each of NYMTC’s three planning areas. 

The TIP is a federally-mandated product of NYMTC’s planning process which identifies transportation improvements that will receive federal transportation funding. Click here for more information about the TIP.

There will be additional opportunities for public input for the FFY 2017-2021 TIP over the coming months. Links to recorded webinars for each of the meetings follows.

Lower Hudson Valley

Click here to access the recording of the 3 p.m. webinar from the June 9th meeting held at Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 

Long Island

Click here to access the recording from the June 15th meeting held at Republic Airport, 7150 Republic Airport, East Farmingdale, NY

New York City

Click here to access the recording from the June 16th meeting held at NYMTC offices, 25 Beaver Street, Suite 201, NY NY


NYMTC 2015 Annual Meeting Featured Keynote Speaker Under Secretary of Transportation Peter Rogoff, Adoption of
$43 million Planning Program

2015 Members

NYMTC’s 2015 Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, March 12th in the Auditorium of the US Custom House in lower Manhattan. Keynote speaker Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy Peter Rogoff discussed the importance of long-term federal transportation authorization and the Obama Administration’s proposed six-year GROW America proposal; Beyond Traffic – US DOT's 30 year framework for the future that is currently out for public review; and the importance of maintaining the region’s infrastructure today, and into the future. In addition, Under Secretary Rogoff congratulated NYMTC Executive Director Joel Ettinger on his upcoming retirement.



Council members also congratulated co-chair and Suffolk County Executive Bellone on his receipt of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Outstanding Leadership Award. They followed that with a robust roundtable discussion centered around the meeting’s theme of Transportation in Transition: Technology and innovation.

Action items included adoption of the $43 million State Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP); adoption of the 2050 Socioeconomic and Demographic Forecasts; and a resolution thanking County Executive Bellone for his service, and election of City Planning Director Carl Weisbrod as the new rotating co-chair.

New York State DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald presented Joel Ettinger with a proclamation thanking him for his ten years of service to NYMTC and the region on behalf of the members.


The meeting was webcast but not viewable in its entirety. Click here to access the archived webcast

Annual Listing of Obligated Transportation Improvement Projects for FFY 2014 Now Available

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NYMTC’s Annual Listing of Obligated Transportation Improvement Projects for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2014 is now available, asrequired 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. 
The TIP documents the region’s transportation improvements that are programmed for federal funding. All federally-funded projects are required to be on the TIP in order to be eligible for funding. This Annual Listing of Obligated Projects is available through the following link: Projects obligated during FFY 2014 are listed in the report and a visualization of these projects has been prepared using ArcGIS. The NYMTC TIP Obligation Map is a visual representation of FFY 2014 Annual Listing of Obligated Transportation Improvement Projects and provides a quick way to determine the current funding status of projects.  


Be Counted in the Regional Establishment Survey

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NYMTC has launched its Regional Establishment Survey (RES) to collect information on how people get to and from establishments in the region. The RES will capture key information from establishments in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut study area and the travel behavior of its customers and visitors to the region. The data will help guide planning for future transportation projects in the region to increase mobility, improve air quality, enhance the regional economy and reduce congestion.

Starting in February, tens of thousands of businesses in the 28 county tri-state will receive invitations to participate in the survey, which will take place over a two year period. By capturing travel behavior about how customers and visitors travel to and from establishments in the region, the data collected from the RES will complement NYMTC’s 2010/2011 Regional Household Travel Survey (RHTS), which surveyed the travel behavior of households within the same 28-county area. The combined data will help round out a more complete depiction of the current impact of trips on transportation infrastructure. For more information on the Regional Establishment Survey visit


Greenway Link Report Released

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NYMTC announces the availability of the final report for the Hudson River Valley Greenway Link Study to define an implementation approach and conceptual designs for a pathway connecting the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway in northern Manhattan with the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail in Yonkers, via Riverdale in the northwest Bronx.  

NYMTC developed the preliminary preferred routing into the final draft concept plan for the establishment of the Greenway Link in a staged manner over a period of years. This staged plan would establish a continuous pathway in an interim fashion in the short-term while developing the more costly construction of facilities to directly access the waterfront in the medium- and long-term. The final draft of the concept plan was released in time for the Riverdale Riverfest in June 2013. Comments on the final draft were received from the study Technical Advisory committee in the fall of 2013 and from Bronx Community Board 8 in June 2014. The report was finalized after receipt of these final comments.



CH1-2 Final Report – Overview and Implementation Approach (5.5MB)

PDFicon CH3 Final Report – Conceptual Design of Proposed Capital Projects (17MB)

ADDENDUM to FINAL REPORT – Alternate and Intermediate Links (13MB)


2013 Hub Bound Report Available

This annual document presents a detailed analysis of travel to and from the Manhattan Central Business District (CBD), defined as that portion of Manhattan lying south of 60th Street, both by persons and vehicles on a typical fall business day.

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New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities Initiative Draws to a Close  


On May 30, 2014, the New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities Consortium approved its Implementation Plan for Regional Sustainable Development. The bi-state partnership brought together seventeen cities, counties, and regional organizations in Long Island, New York City, the Hudson Valley, and southern Connecticut to support local and regional planning that leverages the region’s robust transit network and promotes economic opportunity. The program completed eight place-specific projects, two corridor-level studies and four regional-scale programs.

Activities from the Consortium have already influenced policy in cities and have provided the impetus for more change in the future. Host SCI communities, in key locations along the Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road transit network, have advanced plans for jobs, mixed-income housing, improved transit connections and quality of life improvements. Consortium work played a role in developing recent policy initiatives such as the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR), the New York City housing plan, and the federal Rebuild by Design effort.
The Consortium’s outreach activities included two rounds of regional workshops as well as sessions focused on the Consortium’s local projects. The Consortium also convened an advisory committee as part of the Fair Housing and Equity Analysis that forms a part of the Consortium Implementation Plan. The advisory committee included representatives from fair housing and community development non-profit organizations, housing developers, community foundations, planning organizations and housing coalitions from New York and Connecticut in an unprecedented effort to shape a regional discussion on fair and affordable housing. The process resulted in a broad range of recommendations contained in the Regional Implementation Plan for Sustainable Development.

The New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities Consortium would like to thank members of the public who engaged in the regional effort. HUD and the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities also deserves much credit for conceiving and implementing a national initiative that is creating change in communities across America. For more information and to view the documents and materials produced by the Consortium go to

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Regional Freight Plan Reports Released

Three technical reports ‒ Truck Trips Analysis;IndustrySpecific Logistics Analysis; andFreight Villages Market Analysis ‒ representing the last of the technical work for this phase of NYMTC’s Interim Regional Freight Plan, have been completed. This phase is being conducted to update current conditions and to begin to identify issues which will need to be addressed in the next phase, during which the issues will be further identified, fleshed out and alternative solutions evaluated and recommended for further action.

Each of these reports provides more in depth information and a greater understanding of either regional characteristics or, in the case of the freight village report, further evaluation of a concept that emanated from NYMTC’s previous freight plan.

Click here to access the reports


Brown Bag Examines MTA Surveys: Methods and Findings  

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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:

Arrow Three out of five Metro North trips are completed by walking

More than a third of Manhattan-bound Metro North travelers also use NYCT after MNR

Arrow Nearly two-thirds of all weekday trips made by NYC residents are not for work purposes
Arrow More than one third of New Yorkers who drove to work receive some type of subsidy

Click here to download the presentation, including a link to the webinar recording.


NYMTC’s Title VI Policy The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or gender, as provided in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which NYMTC received Federal financial assistance.
Further, NYMTC incorporates the principles of environmental justice into its policies, planning and project development activities to ensure that there are no inequitable impacts on minority groups and low-income groups throughout the region.

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