NYMTC regularly holds public meetings and events to keep the public informed and involved in regional transportation planning activities.
Meetings are held as a regular course of the planning process. Public involvement is critical to ensuring that future transportation investments reflect the needs, interests and concerns of those who are most affected. In addition to in-person participation opportunities, most meetings are also offered as webinars or via webcast.
Events and Activities
NYMTC Program, Finance and Administration Committee Hears Moynihan Station Presentation, Adopts Various Resolutions
Draft Plan 2045 - NYMTC's new regional transportation plan - begins
public comment on May 1
News from NYMTC
NEW YORK - During its April 20 meeting, members of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council's (NYMTC) Program, Finance, and Administration Committee (PFAC) heard a special presentation from Michael Evans, president of the Moynihan Station Development Project.
The presentation discussed the future of Moynihan Station - including upcoming improvement plans to connect the historic James A. Farley Post Office with Penn Station, one of the busiest transit hubs in the country. The project can be traced back to first conception more than 25 years earlier and is named after late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick "Pat" Moynihan. It is a multi-phase plan to transform the landmarked Post Office building into the new Manhattan home for Amtrak.
Mr. Evans highlighted to PFAC members and the general public that real construction has already started in creating the great Train Hall. Because Penn Station is currently at full capacity, with over 700,000 plus daily riders and 1,200 trains daily, Mr. Evans noted that "it is the busiest transportation node in the Western Hemisphere," with two of the busiest commuter railroads (Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit) and two of the busiest subway stations.
"What is so incredible about this project is we are going to take 100-year-old infrastructure, a beautiful historic gem and adaptably reuse it to solve a 21st century problem and create a 21st century transportation facility," Mr. Evan said during the April 20 PFAC meeting. He added that this new Farley solution will help to alleviate the congestion at Penn Station and address the incredible surge in growth of the Far West Side of Manhattan.
Other highlights of presentation included:
- Both Amtrak and LIRR will utilize the Moynihan Station - including plans by Amtrak to move all passenger facing to the new facility (i.e. ticket information, baggage handling, etc.) that will connect Midtown to the Far West Side.
- The Farley building will increase concourse space by 50 percent and increase vertical circulation of passengers.
- Moynihan Station Project - Phase 1: Expanded West End Concourse, Vertical Circulation, new entrances/connections.
- Moynihan Station Project - Phase 2: Taking courtyard of original Farley building - initially used for all mail sort of the Post Office building, and build a three-story atrium space for LIRR and Amtrak. Also, the Grand Train Hall will maintain prior historic trusses and incorporate a skylight system for added natural light to the transportation facility.
- Projected timeline for the project, valued at appropriately $1.594 billion, includes an expected completion by 2020.
In other action items, PFAC members adopted various resolutions, which included:
- Amendments to the State Fiscal Years (SFYs) 2016-2018 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) passed, which included a motion for adjustments to various projects NYMTC staff and its member agencies are currently carrying out in their SFY 2017-2018 UPWP. The modification included a project sponsored by the New York City Department of Transportation and projects sponsored by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that do not require any new funding for completion. The UPWP helps to determine how federal funding for planning activities will be spent over the course of a program year.
- Adopted amendments to the Vision and Pedestrian Elements-Bicycle Elements of the Fiscal Years 2014-2040 Regional Transportation Plan: adding four project concepts - the Replacement of the Grand Street Bridge over the Newtown Creek; the Arthur E. Sheridan Expressway Enhancement Project; the Expansion of the Weigh-in-Motion Program; and the Expansion of the Clean Vehicle Program will be included to the vision element of Plan 2040, NYMTC's prior regional transportation plan. Also, the South Bronx Greenway along the Bruckner Boulevard project will be added the Pedestrian-Bicycle Element of Plan 2040 to show the New York City Department of Transportation as a co-sponsor, along with the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
- Adopted resolution for the Arthur E. Sheridan Expressway, currently classified as an inter-state, to be classified as a principal arterial roadway due to the fact than an arterial road or arterial thoroughfare is a high-capacity urban road whose primary function is to deliver traffic from collector roads to freeways or expressways.
Also, NYMTC Staff offered a recap of the planned Public Review of Plan 2045 - Federal regulations require that NYMTC update its regional transportation plan (RTP) every four years. As a result, a new plan is required by Oct. 1 2017. Following the hard work of members and staff, and input from the public, NYMTC is close to having a draft plan to be presented.
"Plan 2045, which we are labeling as 'Maintaining the Vision for a Sustainable Region,' covers the Federal Fiscal Years 2018-2045 and builds on the progress made in the past Regional Transportation Plan 2040. Our Regional Transportation Plan covers all facets of transportation - including roadways, public transportation, bicycles, pedestrians and transportation for those with special needs," said NYMTC Executive Director Jose M. Rivera.
"NYMTC's planning area is slated to grow to 14.3 million by 2045; it is essential that the programs and projects in Plan 2045 continue to move forward in order to maintain our existing infrastructure in a state of good repair and address long-range transportation needs," Executive Director Rivera continued.
Starting in May, there will be a 30-day mandatory public comment for the draft Plan 2045, the Congestion Management Process and Transportation Conformity. In total 10 in-person meetings are planned across the NYMTC planning area - including Putnam County, Westchester County, New York City, Suffolk County and Nassau County. The New York City meetings will be available as webinars as well. Public comment will also be available at https://nymtc.mysidewalk.com/.
The final Draft Plan 2045 will come to a vote to the PFAC and Council Members on June 27 and June 29, respectively.
NYMTC's Freight Transportation Working Group Meeting
NYMTC’s Freight Transportation Working Group meeting on March 21st featured a presentation on the
Metropolitan Resilience Network, which is hosted by the
International Center for Enterprise Awareness . The Network’s mission is to advance resilience by bringing together public and private
stakeholders to collaborate on shared operational risks to their organizations and to the wider region. In pursuit
of this mission, the Network connects existing risk, security, continuity and crisis efforts; provides a platform for
on-going risk communications; and offers both joint exercises and a best practice knowledge base. Bill Raisch,
the Network’s Director, provided an overview presentation on the Network and its activities.
The meeting also featured a discussion of the drafting of NYMTC’s new Regional Freight Plan and
updates on related freight planning activities in the region, including New York State DOT’s new Freight Plan,
New York City DOT’s Smart Truck Management Plan, and New York City Emergency Management’s Regional
Resiliency Assessment Program. Lastly, Alycia Gilde of CALSTART announced the start of the
New York Truck-Voucher Incentive Program, which provides voucher incentives for the purchase of all electric,
hybrid and CNG vehicles and diesel emissions control technologies.
The Metropolitan Resilience Network presentation
NYMTC's New Regional Freight Plan presentation
New York Truck-Voucher Incentive Program Fact Sheet
NYMTC’s Annual Meeting and Annual Report
NYMTC’s Annual Meeting was held on Wednesday February 22nd at the Kimmel Center at New York University.
Keynote speaker Carlo Scissura, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Building Congress, spoke on the theme of the meeting and the Annual Report: Making the Case for Infrastructure Investment.
The Annual Report not only recaps NYMTC’s organizational accomplishments and those of its member agencies over the past year, it also previews relevant information on infrastructure investment from NYMTC’s next Regional Transportation Plan, which is scheduled to be adopted this coming summer.
The region’s economic prowess and livability are related to its far reaching and relatively efficient transportation network. Preserving the existing transportation network to meet current needs, and expanding it to meet future demand, requires substantial resources.
The NYMTC members adopted a $44 million annual work program for State Fiscal Year 2017-18 and amended NYMTC’s fiscally-constrained Regional Transportation Plan to add two bus rapid transit projects in Suffolk County, an important first step toward receiving federal funding for the projects. The members also confirmed Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell as co-chair for a second one year term.
SFY 2017-2018 UPWP
2017 NYMTC Annual Report
Delegation from Department of Land and Resource of Chinese Henan Province visits NYMTC
On January 17, 2017, NYMTC, along with two of its member agencies: NYC Department of City Planning, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority, hosted a delegation of governmental officials from the Department of Land and Resource of Chinese Henan Province. The discussions/presentations to the delegation covered global planning issues and it was quite beneficial to be able to share best practices as we continue to address specific issues such as urban and transportation planning, sustainable land use, collection, processing and dissemination of socioeconomic data.
NYMTC hosts delegation from City of Tokyo
NYMTC hosted a peer exchange meeting with Japanese delegation on January 17, 2017, to discuss technical issues. The members represented the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and Urban and Research Planning Division from the city of Tokyo.
Members of NYMTC’s Technical Group facilitated discussions that were geared towards designing travel surveys and developing activity based travel demand models for transportation planning and analysis.
New Executive Director Appointed
NYMTC’s new Executive Director, Jose Rivera, brings more than 30 years of progressively responsible management positions within the New York State Department of Transportation to his new role. He has significant experience in Program and Project Management; Project Development; Dispute Resolution; and Risk Management. Most recently, he served as the Acting Director of the Office of Construction. Prior to that, he served as the Deputy Project Director/Construction Manager for the Route 9A Project, a part of the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment efforts subsequent to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the City College of New York with leadership training from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, as well as the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations. Welcome Jose!
Announcement and Press Release
Did You Know That Town Planning Used to be an Olympic Category?
Did you know that the Olympics weren’t always only for sports, but included competitions in fine arts as well? Believe it or not, town planning used to be a competitive category in the Olympics! From 1928-1948, competitors from all over the world competed in subcategories of five primary categories: Music, Painting, Literature, Sculpture, and Architecture. It was in this way that Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee, brought arts onto the international stage with sports, giving people around the world yet another way to come together peacefully instead of violently. In the 1936 Olympic Games, American competitor Charles Downing Lay took home a silver medal in the Town Planning subcategory of Architecture for his redesign plan for Marine Park in Brooklyn, NY. John Russell Pope in the 1932 Olympic Games was the only other American to win a medal under the Architecture category. His design plans of the Payne Whitney Gymnasium at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut earned him a silver medal.
NYMTC’s Language Access Program Launched
As a step toward a more inclusive planning process, NYMTC’s Language Access Program provides translation services for people who are not fluent in English. The Language Access Program is a further enhancement to NYMTC’s public involvement efforts to increase the accessibility of information about and input into the regional transportation planning process. According to a Census-based review, just over 70% of the total Limited English Proficiency (LEP) population speaks one of three languages ‒ Spanish, Chinese and Russian ‒ and therefore these three languages are considered as primary LEP languages in NYMTC’s planning area. An additional thirty one languages are considered secondary LEP languages. If you need information in another language or have questions, please call 212-383-7200 and someone will be able to assist you.
Program Details and Translated Documents
Executive Summary Translations of NYMTC’s core regional planning products and analyses:
- Regional Transportation Plan
- Transportation Improvement Program and related Annual Listing of Obligated Projects
- Unified Planning Work Program
- Congestion Management Process Status Report
- Transportation Conformity Determination
- Public Involvement Plan
Oral Translation Services: Real-time oral and American Sign Language translation services for public meetings and workshops at locations in the project/study area will be available for the primary LEP languages upon request made verbally or in writing 72 hours prior to the meeting in question. Real-time oral language assistance will be provided through an on-call translation service by calling 212-383-7200 or email NYMTC-Web@dot.ny.gov.