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.
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NYMTC’s Freight Transportation Working Group Discusses Regional Freight Plan and Clean Corridors Initiative

Freight Meeting

Dozens of people tuned into the January 28th Freight Transportation Working Group meeting, both in person and via webinar (http://bit.ly/1R69OV5). The meeting included presentations on NYMTC’s next Regional Freight Plan and the Clean Corridors Initiative.

As part of its next Regional Transportation Plan, "Plan 2045,” NYMTC is developing a new Regional Freight Plan which will anticipate the region’s future freight-related needs and provide a roadmap for the improvement of freight transportation in the NYMTC region.  Plan 2045 is scheduled for adoption in 2017, and there will be numerous opportunities to provide comments in the coming months.

The presentation, given by NYMTC’s Planning Director, Gerry Bogacz, presented outlines and schedules of the public outreach processes and the group’s role as technical advisors in the creation of the Regional Freight Plan.

In addition to Gerry’s presentation, Susan McSherry of the New York City Department of Transportation, and Alycia Gilde of the Northeast Diesel Collaborative gave an overview of the Clean Corridors Initiative led by the Northeast Diesel Collaborative. Clean Corridors is a regional initiative to significantly reduce diesel emissions and improve public health, by establishing partnerships with and educating municipal and private organizations on techniques that will reduce diesel emissions. Some of those techniques include retrofitting, retiring and replacing old engines and promoting cleaner fuels.

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Regional Freight Plan

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The FRA Extends Comment Period for
Tier 1 Draft EIS

NEC Future

The Federal Railroad Administration is extending the public comment period for NEC FUTURE Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The close of the comment period has been extended to February 15, 2016 to allow more time to respond. The original closing date for public comments was January 30, 2016.

The FRA has completed 11 public hearings, and is in the process of reviewing the comments received to date.
For more information about the NEC FUTURE project, visit http://www.necfuture.com/.

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Survey Will Help Shape the Region's Transportation Future

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) is requesting your participation in a short survey. We want to know what factors you believe are driving change in travel patterns and operations throughout the five boroughs of New York City, the lower Hudson Valley counties of Putnam, Rockland and Westchester and Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long island.

We have started the process of updating the Regional Transportation Plan, “Plan 2045,”a 25-year blueprint that will outline the goals, objectives, priorities and strategies for improving and maintaining the regional transportation system over the next 28 years. Plan 2045 will cover all modes of surface transportation from a regional perspective including highways, streets, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, goods movement and special needs transportation. It will also address key transportation activities such as operations and management of the transportation system, safety, security and air quality conformity analysis.
NYMTC’s members are expected to adopt Plan 2045 in 2017.

Please click here to take the survey, which opens today, January 6, 2016 and will close on Friday, February 5, 2016. We need your input as we begin the public outreach process with the “Drivers of Change” component of 2045. Drivers of Change are technological and other innovations that are likely to result in changes in travel and goods movement, the management and operations of the regional transportation system, and the way services and facilities are provided and used.

For more information about the survey or Plan 2045, visit http://nymtc-rtp.org. For more information about NYMTC, visit http://nymtc.org.

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NYMTC Hosts Presentaton about Best Practices for Parking Management in Downtown Areas

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Eric Swenson, of RBA Group, presented information on the best practices in parking management for downtown areas on Wednesday, November 18.

This was one of many parking management workshops that NYMTC and its members have sponsored since 2006. These workshops have focused on specific areas in redeveloping downtowns served by transit.

Parking Management is an integral part of redeveloping regional downtowns. It includes the application of a variety of specific strategies that can significantly reduce the number of parking spaces required in a particular situation and provide additional benefits. Among these are allowing room for more dense development; reducing motor vehicle traffic and congestion; and improving mobility for people walking, biking and taking transit. 
 
Eric’s presentation showed how parking management and transportation engineering overlapped with various disciplines, including urban design, environmental sustainability, economic revitalization, civic engagement, and public policy. Eric also reviewed case studies of parking studies conducted in downtown areas across the greater New York region. 

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Pricing, shared parking concepts, applications of the latest technology, encouraging alternate modes of transportation, such as biking and walking, increasing transit usage, and improving the streetscape environment for all users were topics that Eric explained during his presentation.

Eric also discussed various strategies to manage both parking demand and supply and how these strategies could influence good urban design.

To view a recording of Eric’s presentation, visit:
http://bit.ly/1LAdoyX.

To view Eric’s PowerPoint presentation, visit:
http://bit.ly/1T4T5zj
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MAP Forum Meeting Held

Dr Mitchell Erickson  

The annual meeting of the Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum, which focused on megaregional freight issues, was held in NYMTC’s offices on December 3rd.  Presentations included updates on the Cross Harbor Goods Movement FEIS; NJTPA’s Freight Rail Industrial Opportunity (FRIO) Corridors Program; New York, New Jersey and Connecticut state freight plans; clean freight corridors; and G-MAP: A Comprehensive Goods Movement Action Program for the NY-NJ Metropolitan Region. Opening remarks were provided by Dr. Mitchell Erickson from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who offered thoughts on the future of long haul freight and delivery on the tri-state region’s roads, rails and ports, including challenges and opportunities.

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In addition, MAP Forum members affirmed expansion to  include three new organizations in the group: the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization, in New Jersey; the Orange County Transportation Council in New York; and the South Central Regional Council of Governments in the New Haven area of Connecticut.

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Clean Freight Corridors

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Freight Rail Industrial Opportunity (FRIO)

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NYMTC Releases 2014 HUB Bound Study

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council published a report, “HUB Bound Travel Data 2014,” in November 2015.

This report is published annually and provides a detailed analysis of travel to and from the Manhattan Central Business District (CBD) by bicyclists, transit riders and vehicles. The CBD, also known as the Hub, is defined as the area of Manhattan that is south of 60th Street. The data are collected on a typical fall business weekday.

To view the HUB Bound Travel Data 2014 report, click here.

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Travel Tool: I-95 Coalition Real-time Multistate Map (Traffic, Events, CCTV and More)

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The I-95 Corridor Coalition website provides a corridor-wide Real-Time Travel Information Map (TrafficView) – a highly useful tool for travel planning, especially surrounding holidays and major events. This publicly-available map integrates and displays - in a one-stop shop - traffic speeds and congestion, accidents and events, work zones, traffic cameras, overhead signs, weather and more from state agencies. 

Visit TrafficView at http://i95coalition.org/trafficview/.

The I-95 Corridor Coalition is a partnership of State Departments of Transportation and related authorities and organizations, from Maine to Florida, working together to accelerate improvements in long-distance freight movement and passenger travel.  For more information on the I-95 Corridor Coalition, please visit the Coalition’s website at www.i95coalition.org.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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: http://www.nymtc.org/abouttip-down.cfm. 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.  

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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 www.nymtc-res.org

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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.

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

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


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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 www.sustainablenyct.org.

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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

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Brown Bag Examines MTA Surveys: Methods and Findings  

Brown Bag Presentation

 

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:

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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.

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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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