News and Events

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’s Regional Trends Series: Traffic Safety During COVID-19

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On June 9, 2021, NYMTC’s ongoing Regional Trends Series featured a virtual Brown Bag Lunch presentation by Chuck DeWeese, Assistant Commissioner of Governor Cuomo’s Traffic Safety Committee on Traffic Safety during COVID-19. Mr. DeWeese has held this position since September 2007. Prior to his appointment, he spent 15 years working for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Mr. DeWeese focused first on national trends for 2020 recently made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He then presented detailed trends for New York State from January 2017 through December 2021 regarding speeding; speed-related crashes and fatalities; impaired driving; and impairment-related crashes and fatalities. In both the national and state-level trends, traffic-related fatalities increased during 2020 while vehicle miles travelled were significantly lower.

NYMTC’s Regional Trends Series provides the public with access to leaders in the transportation field and offers information about trends and developments that are shaping the future of the transportation system.

Click here to download the presentation:
Traffic Safety During COVID-19

Click here to view a recording of the meeting: NYMTC’s YouTube Page


NYMTC’s Regional Trends Series: Route 59 Area Transportation & Land Use Study

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on may 26, 2021, nymtc’s ongoing regional trends series featured a virtual brown bag lunch presentation on the route 59 area transportation & land use study in rockland county, which was funded through the nymtc unified planning work program.

doug schuetz, acting commissioner of the rockland county department of planning & public transportation provided background on the steps that led to this study to address mobility issues and new demands in and around the route 59 corridor. the study began in 2018 with the goal to identify and evaluate transportation and land use development issues and future scenarios in and around route 59 in the village of spring valley, village of airmont, and town of ramapo.

ali mohseni, nymtc’s project manager for the study described the existing conditions in the study area and the study scope and schedule. the study included a robust effort to engage stakeholders and the public in the area through a series of workshops and pop-up events at area fairs and festivals. community input helped shape the study’s recommendations.

graham trelstad aicp, vice president at wsp usa and consultant team lead for the study, reviewed its transportation and land use recommendations that address short-, medium-, and long-range implementation timeframes. these recommendations address community design, bicycle and pedestrian features, roadways, and transit. the community engagement efforts provided opportunities for the public to rank the various suggestions using on-line polling software, the results of which are highlighted in the presentation.

nymtc’s regional trends series provides the public with access to leaders in the transportation field and offers information about trends and developments that are shaping the future of the transportation system.

click here to download the presentation:
route 59 area transportation & land use study

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NYMTC’s Regional Trends Series: Westchester, Suffolk, and Nassau Suburban Mobility Studies

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On April 28, 2021, NYMTC’s ongoing Regional Trends Series featured a well-attended virtual Brown Bag Lunch panel presentation on suburban mobility studies in Westchester, Suffolk, and Nassau counties, many of which have been funded through the NYMTC Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).

Naomi Klein, Director of Transportation Planning for the Westchester County Department of Planning, presented on the County’s current redesign of their Bee-Line System to address declining ridership. The study is taking a clean slate approach to reexamine routes and redeploy resources more efficiently. She also highlighted other County initiatives including a Transportation Demand Management Plan for the Valhalla Campus at Grasslands; improvements to the White Plains TransCenter; and a study of the impacts of COVID-19 on Bee-Line ridership. The County is engaging the public and other stakeholders throughout these efforts.

Ankita Rathi, AICP, ENV SP, Planning Consultant with the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning, focused on the Suffolk County Mobility Study implementation plan to align transit resources and investments with community goals and priorities. The implementation plan looks to redesign the fixed route bus network and explore the feasibility of integrating on-demand transit service. Public engagement is currently underway. She also briefly presented on an upcoming pilot program in Southampton to demonstrate microtransit options such as demand responsive, curb-to-curb service, and mobile app and call-based transit services.

Sean Sallie, AICP, Deputy Commissioner of the Nassau County Department of Public Works, presented on a number of County initiatives. These include a series of ongoing mobility/complete streets capital projects; the status of the Motor Parkway/Nassau Hub Trail; a study of the impacts of COVID-19 on transportation and land use in the County, including a resurgence of non-motorized trips throughout the County; and a Shared-Mobility Management Plan. He also focused on the Nassau Hub Transit Improvements project being implemented in phases. Lastly, he covered a battery-electric bus pilot program.

NYMTC’s Regional Trends Series provides the public with access to leaders in the transportation field and offers information about trends and developments that are shaping the future of the transportation system.

Click here to download the presentations:
Westchester County UPWP Funded Studies
Reimagining Transit in Suffolk: Mobility Implementation Plan & Microtransit Pilot
Nassau County Suburban Mobility Studies

CLICK HERE to view a recording of the meeting.


NYSERDA Announces New York Clean Transportation Competitions

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced three challenges designed to electrify transportation, reduce air pollution, and enhance clean mobility in disadvantaged communities in New York State. The competitions will each run in two phases. In the first phase, participants must register by July 22, 2021, to be eligible to submit proposals. 

The three prize competitions are:

  • Clean Neighborhoods Challenge – up to three $10 million grand prizes will be awarded to innovative projects that address local air pollution reduction at scale in disadvantaged communities. The submission deadline is August 24, 2021.
  • Electric Mobility Challenge – up to three $7 million grand prizes will be awarded to projects that demonstrate innovative safe and convenient electric mobility options that help solve disadvantaged community transportation needs. The submission deadline is August 25, 2021.
  • Electric Truck & Bus Challenge – up to three $8 million grand prizes will be awarded to projects that demonstrate electrified solutions to the deployment of medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles or their replacement through other electrified transportation modes. The submission deadline is August 26, 2021.

For additional information about the program, CLICK HERE.


U.S. Department of Energy Announces $162 Million to Decarbonize Cars and Trucks

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The U.S. Department of Energy has unveiled two funding opportunities totaling more than $162 million to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions among cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles. The funding will support the next stage of the SuperTruck initiatives – aimed at electrifying freight trucking – along with efforts to expand electric vehicle infrastructure and lower emissions for on- and off-road vehicles.

CLICK HERE for additional information.


US DOT Announces 5th Round of Alternative Fuel Corridor Designations

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The US Department of Transportation announced the 5th round of “Alternative Fuel Corridors” designations. This program, created by the FAST Act in 2015, recognizes highway segments that have infrastructure plans to allow travel on alternative fuels, including electricity. The first four rounds of designations included portions of 119 Interstates and 100 US highways and state roads. Round 5 includes nominations from 25 states for 51 interstates and 50 US highways and state roads.

Below is a list of corridors in the NYMTC planning area that have been designated as “ready” in the recent announcement.

  • I-278: Between the NY/NJ border and the I-278/I-95 interchange in Throggs Neck
  • SR-27: Between the NY-27/I-278 interchange in Brooklyn and Montauk

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NYC Open Streets Program is Accepting Applications

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NYC’s Open Streets program allows communities to embrace new public space. Open Streets prioritize pedestrians and cyclists by transforming streets into public spaces. These transformations allow for a range of activities, support local businesses, and create opportunities for New Yorkers to gather together safely. The 2021 Open Streets application is now live!

See link for more information. NYC Open Streets


NYMTC’s Program, Finance and Administration Committee (PFAC) Adopts Transportation Conformity Determination

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On March 18, 2021, the Program, Finance and Administration Committee (PFAC) of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) held a regularly scheduled meeting in an on-line format as allowed under the Governor’s emergency Executive Order. The meeting featured a presentation on NYMTC’s Transportation Conformity Determination for the Federal Fiscal Years (FFYs) 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and FFYs 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), as amended. Later in the meeting, PFAC members adopted the Transportation Conformity Determination. The Transportation Conformity Determination requirement stems from the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments which link air quality and transportation planning. Metropolitan Planning Organizations must demonstrate that the emissions burden from the funded activities in their RTPs and TIPs conform to the emissions budgets set in State Implementation Plans to achieve air quality thresholds.

The meeting also included a presentation on updates to the New York Best Practice Model, which is an activity-based model. NYMTC has had an activity-based travel demand model, called the New York Best Practice Model, or NYBPM, for more than 20 years. The NYBPM simulates how people travel throughout the region for their daily activities, including the reason and type of transportation used for trips (e.g., bus, subway, car, etc.).

In 2020, NYMTC finished updating and enhancing the NYBPM to have a more transparent approach that can be more easily accessed by others. The updated NYBPM used state-of-the-practice travel demand forecasting and modeling methodologies and incorporated the most recent available data and analytical resources.

In addition to the adoption of the Transportation Conformity Determination, PFAC adopted these additional resolutions at this meeting:

  • Resolution #520 – Amendments to the Federal Fiscal Years (FFYs) 2018-2045 Regional Transportation Plan to Revise the Nassau Hub Transit Initiative
  • Resolution #521 – Appending the Federal Fiscal Years (FFYs) 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) With the Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division’s FFYs 2021-2024 TIP

The next PFAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Click here for Meeting Video, Synopsis, Resolutions, and Presentation:
Meeting Synopsis of the Council/PFAC


New York City Publishes Food Forward NYC

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Food Forward NYC is the City’s first ever 10-year food policy plan, laying out an ambitious interagency policy framework to reach a more equitable, sustainable, and healthy food system by 2031. The plan is organized around 5 goals to improve the food system:

  • All New Yorkers have multiple ways to access healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food.
  • New York City’s food economy drives economic opportunity and provides good jobs.
  • The supply chains that feed New York City are modern, efficient, and resilient.
  • New York City’s food is produced, distributed, and disposed of sustainably.
  • Support the systems and knowledge to implement the 10-year food policy plan.

Read the plan here https://on.nyc.gov/3d9yvQl


NYMTC Principals Adopt $43 Million Annual Work Program



At their meeting of February 25, 2021, the principals of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) adopted the State Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). This year’s UPWP totals approximately $43 Million and supports 40 studies, as well as the core work of federally required planning products and analyses. It defines the planning priorities in the 10-county planning area for the next program year and describes all federally funded transportation planning activities to be undertaken by NYMTC’s staff and its member agencies. The February 25th meeting featured NYMTC Co-Chairs New York State Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez and Rockland County Executive Ed Day as well as other member agency principals. Under the provisions of New York State Executive Order 202.92, this meeting was held virtually via webinar.

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Commissioner Dominguez and County Executive Day opened the meeting by acknowledging the courage and determination of public transportation’s front-line workers, as well as the agility and flexibility of the NYMTC member agencies in facing the unprecedented challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic. This was followed by Commissioner Dominguez leading an engaged NYMTC members’ roundtable on the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic. County Executives from the Lower Hudson Valley and Long Island, the New York City Director of City Planning and Commissioner of Transportation, and the Chief Development Officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority discussed the challenges faced during the past year, as well as the many accomplishments of their staffs. The members identified future priorities and stressed the regional nature of transportation planning and the importance of NYMTC as a forum for collaboration.

The service to NYMTC of former New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner, Polly Trottenberg, and former Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Peter Lopez was recognized, along with County Executive Day’s service as Co-Chair. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone will serve as Co-Chair for this next year along with Commissioner Dominguez.

Click here to download the presentation: 
Unified Planning Work Program SFY 2021-2022


NYC Department of City Planning Publishes NYC Trend Information

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The New York City Department of City Planning (NYCDCP), a NYMTC member agency, has released a “story” of travel in 2020 as a webpage with interactive charts and maps that highlight trends associated with specific modes and time periods. This information is available at https://bit.ly/3vofHVM. Additionally, the February 2021 edition of NYCDCP’s on-line interactive newsletter, NYC Thinking Regionally is now available. This edition spotlights NYC Metro residential sales trends, including that while NYC’s inventory has increased moderately since 2019, a more significant trend has been the decreasing availability of housing inventory in the surrounding suburbs. The edition also includes other planning news from the region and upcoming events.

You can view the newsletter and subscribe here: https://bit.ly/3cidmmt


U.S. Census Bureau Publishes Data on Truck Shipments

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Ever wonder what is in that truck you just passed on the highway? The U.S. Census Bureau has published data from its Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) which is conducted every five years. This sample-based survey produces detailed estimates on the movement of commodities in the United States. Data are shown by mode of transportation, weight, commodity, and distance shipped. According to the CFS, trucks transported 71.6% or $10.4 trillion of the $14.5 trillion of the value of all goods shipped in the United States in 2017, the latest year for which statistics are available.

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More information is available at: https://bit.ly/3vt9WWM


NYC Clean Trucks Program

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The NYC Clean Trucks Program is a New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) initiative to promote sustainable transportation and a cleaner environment in NYC. The NYC Clean Trucks Program offers rebate incentive funding to reduce diesel exhaust emissions by replacing older, heavy polluting diesel trucks with new battery electric, or EPA emission compliant alternative fuel (compressed natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, and plug-in hybrid electric) and diesel trucks. Truck owners may secure funding from $12,000 up to $185,000 per truck replacement, depending on fuel type and truck class size.

If you are interested in replacing an older diesel truck with a new truck, the NYC Clean Trucks Program can assist you. For more information, please visit the website at www.nycctp.com.


NYMTC’s Program, Finance and Administration Committee (PFAC) Recommends Adoption of Annual Unified Planning Work Program

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On February 11, 2021, the Program, Finance, and Administration Committee (PFAC) of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) held a regularly scheduled meeting in an on-line format as allowed under the Governor’s emergency Executive Order 202.92. The meeting featured a presentation on the Draft State Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), which totals $42.7 Million and supports 40 studies. PFAC passed Resolution #518 which recommends adoption of the UPWP when the Council meets on February 25, 2021.

The next PFAC meeting is scheduled for March 18, 2021.

Click here to download the presentation:
Unified Planning Work Program SFY 2021-2022

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NYMTC's YouTube Page

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February 11, 2021


The Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum Launches Multi-State Hub Site

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The Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum has launched an interactive hub site to allow members of the public access to plans, products, and data from MAP Forum members across the multi-state New York City metropolitan region. The MAP Forum is a consortium of ten metropolitan planning organizations -- including NYMTC -- and councils of governments from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The group was formed to enhance planning activities across jurisdictional boundaries in the multi-state region.

Click here to download the instructions for accessing the Hub Site.


NYMTC’s Regional Trends Series: Exploring the Impact of Telework Capability in NYC and the Surrounding Metro Region

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On January 19, 2021, NYMTC’s ongoing Regional Trends Series featured a virtual Brown Bag Lunch presentation on very timely research undertaken by the New York City Department of City Planning on telework in the New York City metropolitan region. The presentation was given by Dara Goldberg, Assistant Director of City Planning’s Regional Planning Division, and Laura Smith, Deputy Director of their Transportation Division. In light of commutation changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a large audience of webinar attendees participated.

Dara and Laura’s presentation considered questions around who can work remotely, and how the ability to telework impacts specific communities at both the workplace and residence locations. The presentation explored the potential relationship between telework capability estimations and observed changes in transit ridership and commuting patterns regionally. This was presented on the Regional Planning Division’s Telework Capability Portal. This relationship was also explored more locally within NYC using data compiled and analyzed by the Transportation Division.

NYMTC’s Regional Trends Series provides the public with access to key leaders and offers information about trends and developments that are shaping the future of the transportation system.

Click here to download the presentation: Exploring the Impact of Telework Capability in NYC and the Surrounding Metro Region

Click here to view a recording of the meeting: https://bit.ly/36CjyDD


NYMTC Presents at Transportation Research Board (TRB) Poster Session

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NYMTC’s groundbreaking virtual public outreach program for its next Regional Transportation Plan was featured as part of the Current Issues in Public Engagement and Communications Poster Session on January 26, 2021 at the 2021 TRB Annual Conference. NYMTC’s poster, titled “Adaptation & Innovation: Community Outreach During a Public Health Emergency”, focused on the methods NYMTC used to engage its constituents in the development of the next Plan, Moving Forward – Your Region, Connected, after the NYMTC planning area emerged as an early locus of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. NYMTC successfully pivoted to all virtual community engagement through a variety of creative tools and methods.

Click here to view the poster


Westchester County Launches Mobility Survey

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Using federal planning funds obtained through the NYMTC planning process, the Westchester County Planning Department is undertaking a County Mobility and Bus Redesign Study to identify strategies to better meet the mobility needs of its residents, given trends of declining bus ridership, the increase in use of transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft, changing demographics, and other trends facing the region. The Study is using a “blank slate” approach to re-designing transit service from the ground up by objectively reviewing demographics, existing transit conditions, and determining market needs. The Study will result in bus route restructuring and identification of alternative mobility options such as on-demand partnerships or the use of micro-transit.

Westchester Mobility Survey is now live! 


C2SMART Publishes COVID-19 Data Dashboard

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C2SMART, a USDOT Tier 1 University Transportation Center (https://c2smart.engineering.nyu.edu/), is publishing an interactive COVID-19 Data Dashboard to track the impact of the pandemic on transportation systems. The C2SMART research team has been investigating the impact of COVID-19 on mobility and sociability, including passenger travel trends, the effect of social distancing policies on transit use and mobility patterns, freight, logistics, and supply chain impacts and economic impacts on agencies’ operating/capital budgets in multiple cities. The dashboard includes the results of a recent online survey of travel trends to look at how different disadvantaged population groups, especially people with disabilities and low-income households, were affected by changes as a result of COVID 19. The dashboard is updated weekly, and can be seen here: https://bit.ly/39DLWqW


APTA and the Transit app Release Ridership Trends Dashboard

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the Transit app have released the APTA Ridership Trends dashboard, a new resource providing up-to-date, week-by-week estimations of public transit ridership for agencies across the U.S. During the COVID-19 pandemic, public transit ridership has risen and fallen rapidly in response to public health alerts across the country. These changes make it difficult for transit agencies that rely on monthly or quarterly reporting to follow up-to-date ridership trends and benchmark against their peers. To tackle this challenge, APTA and the Transit app have partnered to build a new resource for the entire industry, tracking demand for public transit and publishing estimates of ridership change in real time.

APTA Ridership Trends Dashboard


NYMTC’s Regional Trends Series: NYC Connected Vehicle Pilot

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As part of NYMTC’s Regional Trends Series, on December 16, 2020 NYMTC hosted a virtual Brown Bag Lunch presentation by Dr. Mohamad Talas, Director of ITS Management, Manager of TDM Services for the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT). Session participants learned about an array of NYC Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) projects in place to lessen traffic congestion, improve traffic flow, and reduce crashes. Dr. Talas highlighted the NYC Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot Deployment Project the primary goal of which is improving safety through the reduction of vehicle and pedestrian crashes, injuries, and fatalities.

The presentation provided a detailed overview of the CV pilot which equips vehicles and intersection infrastructure with wireless communication devices. These devices can inform drivers with a number of different safety alerts including speed compliance, forward collision warning, and pedestrians in signalized intersections. This large-scale pilot has installed 450 roadside communication units and will ultimately equip 3,000 vehicles with these devices. The pilot evaluation phase will begin in early 2021. One significant priority for NYC DOT as they undertake this pilot is protecting the privacy of the users and protecting the security of the communication system from hacking.

NYMTC’s Regional Trends Series provides the public with access to key leaders and offers information about trends and developments that are shaping the future of the transportation system.

Click here to download the presentation: NYC CV Pilot Deployment Project

Click here to view a recording of the meeting.


NYMTC Publishes its Annual Listing of Obligated Projects

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NYMTC has published its Annual Listing of Obligated Projects for Federal Fiscal Year 2020. The obligation of projects is a critical milestone in the process that eventually leads to the implementation of transportation improvement projects. Federal planning regulations require that NYMTC publish a listing of obligated projects at the conclusion of each federal fiscal year, which begins on October 1, and ends the following September 30.

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NHTSA’s Overview of 2019 Crashes is Available

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released its Overview of Motor Vehicle Crashes in 2019. The report indicates that 36,096 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes on U.S. roadways in 2019. This represents a 2.0% decrease from 2018. In the New York City metropolitan region, state-wide traffic fatalities decreased in 2019 from 2018 by the following: New York -3.4%, New Jersey -0.7%, and Connecticut -15.0%. A variety of additional crash data summaries are presented in the report.

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NYMTC’s Program, Finance and Administration Committee (PFAC) Hosts a Virtual Presentation on Pedestrian Safety

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On December 17, 2020, the Program, Finance and Administration Committee (PFAC) of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) held a regularly scheduled meeting in an on-line format as allowed under the Governor’s emergency Executive Order 202.79. The meeting featured a presentation by Peter Eun of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Center for Accelerating Innovation titled “STEP (Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian) - Making Crossings Safer One STEP at a Time”.

The presentation focused on FHWA’s efforts to work with states and municipalities to deploy proven but underutilized innovations to address the concern that 72% of pedestrian fatalities occur at mid-block locations. These innovations include vehicular speed reductions, crosswalk visibility enhancements, pedestrian crossing signage, and raised crosswalks. Mr. Eun stated that while New York City is a leader in pedestrian safety, there is more that can be done throughout the NYMTC region.

At this meeting, PFAC adopted supporting safety performance targets under the Transportation Performance Management requirements for Metropolitan Planning Organizations. PFAC also adopted Revised Major Projects Procedures as well as several other resolutions.

The next PFAC meeting is scheduled for February 11, 2021.

Click here to download the presentation:
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December 17, 2020


The Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum Holds Annual Meeting Focused on Planning for Transportation in a “Post-Pandemic World"

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On December 4, 2020, the Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum held a virtual annual meeting with more than 200 participants, which included representatives of the 10 Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania that compose the forum. The group was formed to enhance planning activities across jurisdictional boundaries in the multi-state region

The topic of this year’s meeting was planning for transportation in a “post-pandemic world”. Speakers included representatives of Gensler, one of the world’s largest architectural firms to discuss the future of the office. The future of commuting was addressed by the Director of the C2SMART Center at the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University. Representatives of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) presented on the need to adjust socioeconomic and demographic forecasts. The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) addressed goods movement issues.

The meeting also included presentations on the MAP Forum Resiliency Working Group by the Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments and NJTPA; and on the development of long-range plans by NYMTC and NJTPA, with comments by other member-MPOs on the status of their recently adopted plans.

A video recording of the meeting is available on YouTube

The presentations are available at https://njtpa.org/mapforum2020


ROUTE 59 Area Transportation & Land Use Study Recommendations

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NYMTC has completed the Final Report for the Route 59 Area Transportation & Land Use Study. Based on valuable feedback from the virtual workshops and email comments, NYMTC updated the Report to conclude this planning process. The Final Report is available at www.Route59Study.org.

The Final Report makes recommendations in the following areas:

  • Community Design/Process: Land use and zoning approaches to encourage fewer automotive trips and reduce congestion.
  • Roadway: Physical improvements that would reduce congestion and accommodate multiple modes.
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian: Temporary and permanent infrastructure improvements to enhance the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Transit: Transit service and amenities to improve the passenger experience.

MTA Announces Availability of
2018 NYC Travel Survey Final Report

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The 2018 MTA NYC Travel Survey final report and databases are now available online at the link below.
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The survey describes travel behavior of New York City residents from every borough using NYC Transit subways and buses, automobiles, for hire vehicles, and taxis. The MTA collected data using a combination of a smartphone app, web-based, and phone-based surveys. The full survey methodology and key findings are detailed in this report. The project was partially funded with federal funding obtained through NYMTC.


NYMTC’s Program, Finance and Administration Committee (PFAC) Adopts 2055 Socioeconomic and Demographic Forecasts

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On October 22, 2020, the Program, Finance and Administration Committee (PFAC) of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council held a regularly scheduled meeting in an on-line format as allowed under the Governor’s emergency Executive Order 202.67. PFAC adopted the year 2055 Socioeconomic and Demographic (SED) Forecasts for NYMTC’s planning area, which also include the surrounding multi-state region. PFAC heard a presentation from Larisa Morozovskaya, NYMTC Project Manager for the SED Forecasts update, and Tina Lund of Urbanomics providing an overview of the SED Forecasts update process and its key findings.

PFAC Chair Ron Epstein, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation, opened the meeting by thanking the frontline employees of the member agencies for their efforts in keeping the traveling public safe during the public health emergency.

As a Metropolitan Planning Organization, NYMTC is responsible for updating long-range SED forecasts for employment and population in 31 counties in the Tri-state region. These forecasts project for a period of 30-35 years and are prepared in conjunction with the updates of NYMTC’s Regional Transportation Plan. These forecasts inform all aspects of NYMTC’s planning process regarding transportation infrastructure and investments and are developed through a 28-member working group.

PFAC also adopted a new Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) Performance Plan to meet federal Transportation Performance Management requirements. The Federal Fiscal Years 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program includes over $750 million of CMAQ funded projects in the NYMTC planning area. The Performance Plan forecasts impacts from these funds against mandated performance measures. In addition, PFAC adopted amendments to the State Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Unified Planning Work Program.

The next PFAC meeting is scheduled for December 17, 2020.

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2055 Socioeconomic & Demographic Forecasts Overview

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NYMTC's YouTube Page

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October 22, 2020


NYMTC Launches Innovative New Pilot Survey!

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NYMTC is launching a new app-based pilot survey to learn more about how residents travel in their communities! NYMTC is using the rMovetm smartphone app for the first time for this important transportation study. Answers will provide key input to help decision makers plan for future transportation improvements in your community. For more information, visit www.NYmetroSurvey.com.


September 11th Memorial Program Student Presentations

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On September 17, 2020, NYMTC was pleased to host presentations by two student scholars via webinar to highlight the results of their year-long research efforts. Gabrielle O’Grady and Yaxin Zhang were the 2019-2020 recipients of September 11th Memorial Program for Regional Transportation Planning. Click here for more details.

In honor of Ignatius Adanga, Charles Lesperance and See Wong Shum, three NYMTC employees lost during the attacks on the World Trade Center, NYMTC provides scholarships and research opportunities to graduate students each year through the September 11th Memorial Program for Regional Transportation Planning. Since January 2005, 44 students have benefitted from this program, which is administered through the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC).

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NYMTC is proud to provide these research and scholarship opportunities to talented students interested in transportation technology and planning and to encourage innovations in planning activities throughout the NYMTC region. This program provides a unique and tangible benefit to NYMTC, its member agencies, the participating universities, and the selected students.

The students are selected through a competitive process for this prestigious scholarship. Over the course of a year, the student scholar works with their mentor in the sponsoring agency to lead a research project, gaining professional and research experience on a practical and applied project.

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Gabrielle O'Grady, graduate of the Master of Science in Sustainability in the Urban Environment program at the City College of New York, discussed her work with New York City Department of Transportation in developing the 2020 Mobility Management Resource Guide for the New York City Department of Transportation. This public-friendly guide educates New Yorkers on existing transportation infrastructure, resources, and programs that cater to people with disabilities, older adults, people with limited English proficiency, and low-income populations.

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Yaxin Zhang, a fourth year Ph.D. student at the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York, worked with NYMTC staff on Analyzing Freight Congestion and Transportation Performance Measures using National Performance Management Research Data Set (NPMRDS). Her presentation showcased methods for using real-time probe data to produce more accurate congestion analyses for the NYMTC planning area and for calculating performance measures for the transportation system. This research will culminate in a Congestion Management Process on-line dashboard that will be available on the NYMTC website in the near future. This dashboard has 2018 information on passenger and freight volumes, and travel time information presented in a variety of displays.

Click here to download the presentation:
2020 Mobility Management Resource Guide for the New York City Department of Transportation

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Analyzing Freight Congestion and Transportation Performance Measures using National Performance Management Research Data Set (NPMRDS)


MPOs Discuss Adaptation on NJ TransAction 2020 Panel


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The Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) which comprise the Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum in the multi-state New York City metropolitan region have faced various challenges in executing their planning processes over the past six months due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Staff from three of those MPOs – the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), and the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) -- discuss the flexibility and collaboration that is needed to fulfill their planning mandates, share significant information, and maintain the flow of federal transportation funds as part of a panel discussion at this year’s NJ TransAction conference. This on-line panel discussion titled Disruption and Resilience: Adaptation and Flexibility for a Region in Crisis will be available beginning 10/20/20.

For more information or to register go to https://www.njtransaction.com. There is a registration fee for this event


MAP Forum Hosts Virtual Truck Parking Workshop

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The Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum hosted a virtual workshop on September 10, 2020 with over 100 participants with expertise in freight to discuss the need for truck parking expansion. The MAP Forum is a consortium of ten metropolitan planning organizations -- including the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) -- and councils of governments from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

The event featured three panels, one with private sector trucking experts, one with public sector representatives, and one focusing on emergency truck parking, as well as briefings by NYMTC, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), American Transportation Research Institute, and TRANSCOM on current and recent work related to truck parking.

Click here for more information and to watch a full video of the workshop.


MAP Forum Conducts Truck Driver Survey

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The Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum, in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the New York City Department of Transportation and the New Jersey Department of Transportation, conducted an electronic survey of truck drivers serving the multi-state New York City metropolitan region in May 2020. The MAP Forum is a consortium of ten metropolitan planning organizations -- including NYMTC -- and councils of governments from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

A robust but unscientific sample of nearly 300 truck drivers and operations managers responded to this survey, providing insights into goods delivery during the public health emergency, as well as more general needs such as truck parking.  A summary report of the results of the survey is available at https://bit.ly/2YsTO8D.


MAP Forum 2020 Annual Spring Meeting

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On June 19, 2020, the Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum, a consortium of ten metropolitan planning organizations -- including NYMTC -- and councils of governments from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, held its Spring 2020 meeting via webinar. Among the agenda items, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority presented on how the supply chain has been impacted by the public health emergency resulting from the novel coronavirus. The presentation highlighted freight challenges and initiatives, government response, and emerging trends.

Following this presentation, the Capitol Region Council of Governments presented an overview on the success of the CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service between Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut, along with an update on a pilot program to test three electric-powered autonomous buses as part of this service. Greater Bridgeport Transit (GBT) then shared an overview of its response to the public health emergency, as well as an update on the rollout of its Zero Emissions buses.

Among the organizational issues discussed at the meeting were the development of a central content management system for the MAP Forum and a summary of the results from a multi-state truck rest area survey undertaken in the Spring. Finally, NYMTC gave a brief update on its multi-state transportation forecasting work.

To view presentations from the meeting, please visit: https://bit.ly/3jo0mhd


NYMTC’s Program, Finance and Administration Committee (PFAC) Holds a Virtual Meeting

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On July 16, 2020, members of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC)’s Program, Finance and Administration Committee (PFAC), held a regularly scheduled meeting in an on-line format as allowed under the Governor’s emergency Executive Order 202 to adopt important resolutions. PFAC also heard a presentation from Jan Khan, NYMTC Project Manager for the Regional Transportation Plan update, and Leslie Black and Ryan Walsh of Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. (FHI) on the efforts underway to conduct public outreach for the Plan update on a virtual basis.

PFAC Chair Ron Epstein, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the NYS Department of Transportation, opened the meeting by thanking the member agencies and provided praise for their efforts in keeping their employees safe during the public health emergency.

NYMTC is developing its next Regional Transportation Plan titled, Moving Forward - Your Region Connected, the Next Regional Transportation Plan for New York City, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley.  Jan Khan (NYMTC) provided an overview of the Plan update, and presented a video which can be viewed on the dedicated website at https://www.nymtc.org/planmovingforward. Mr. Khan thanked the PFAC agencies and other partnering agencies and stakeholders who have assisted in spreading the word about this effort to their constituencies.

Leslie Black (FHI) presented elements of the public outreach effort. All of these activities were converted to virtual platforms in mid-March as part of NY State’s efforts to address COVID-19. In addition to the website, the outreach team conducted six on-line focus groups throughout the NYMTC region on the topics of Environmental Justice and Coordinated Human Services Transportation. The team is also conducting seven virtual interactive workshops region-wide using polling technology to provide additional opportunities for input. Ryan Walsh (FHI) presented the online Engagement Platform. Using MetroQuest, the team has developed five interactive modules with opportunities for on-line input on the future of transportation planning in the region. To draw visitors to the on-line Engagement Platform, the team has supplemented traditional media with paid social media advertisements using Facebook, targeting users throughout the NYMTC region.

The following resolutions were adopted at this meeting:

  • Resolution #507 – Amendments to the State Fiscal Years 2019-2020 & 2020-2021 Unified Planning Work Programs
  • Resolution #508 –  Minor amendments to the NYMTC Public Involvement Plan in response to the public health emergency

Click here to download the presentation:
Plan 2050 Virtual Public Outreach Program Launch

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NYMTC's YouTube Page

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July 16, 2020



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Survey: Transportation & Mobility for All during the COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact in all areas of life. including transportation and mobility. Researchers at NYU's C2SMART Center have been studying how transportation/mobility options and patterns have changed and continue to change as the situation evolves. This pandemic has disproportionately affected the mobility options and needs of many, but especially essential workers, lower-income individuals, people with disabilities, gender/ethnic minorities, and other groups.

Through this survey, we seek to understand how transportation disparities have carried on or widened as a result of the pandemic. Among other questions, we seek to learn about needs for different individuals, traveling with dependents following the pandemic, method and frequency of caretaker trips (transporting children, older relatives, etc.), and verbal harassment, theft, assault, etc. on trips before, during, and after the pandemic by mode. 

To help us better understand these questions, we invite you to take part in a 5-10 minute online survey that will help inform more inclusive mobility solutions and policy changes that will impact all of us. After completing the survey, you will have the opportunity to be entered into a draw to win a $25.00 gift card for your participation. Please complete the survey by July 26, 2020.

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NYMTC’s Next Regional Transportation Plan

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The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) is developing its next Regional Transportation Plan titled Moving Forward, Your Region Connected for New York City, Lower Hudson Valley, and Long Island. The Plan covers all modes of ground transportation including highways, roads and bridges, streets, rail and bus transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, movement of goods, and special needs transportation. Updated every four years, the Plan is a blueprint that helps support sustainable growth and guide federal funding for transportation investment in the region.

This Plan is being developed collaboratively with NYMTC member agencies, other stakeholders and members of public. There are many opportunities to participate in the development of this Plan. Please click on this link https://www.nymtc.org/planmovingforward for more information on the new Plan and how to participate in its development.


For Immediate Release:
June 17, 2020

Contact:
Jessica Ortiz
and Maura Fitzpatrick, Public Information Officers
212-383-7203
jessica.ortiz@dot.ny.gov and maura.fitzpatrick@dot.ny.gov

NYMTC Launches Virtual Community Engagement for Moving Forward, Your Region Connected - the Next Regional Transportation Plan for NYC, Lower Hudson Valley, and Long Island

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NEW YORK - The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) announces opportunities for virtual community engagement as it prepares its next Regional Transportation Plan, titled Moving Forward, Your Region Connected, for New York City, Lower Hudson Valley, and Long Island.

On June 17, 2020, NYMTC launches its Plan update website at www.nymtc.org/Planmovingforward. The site includes opportunities to provide input on the Plan’s proposed strategic vision goals, and priorities and solutions for the region as they relate to: Safety and Security; Reliable and Easy Travel; Planning for Changing Demand; Reducing Environmental Impact; and Resiliency. The site includes a video introducing the Plan’s update.

In light of the public health emergency, NYMTC is hosting a series of Virtual Workshops on the Plan update with presentations and interactive sessions. The schedule for these Workshop sessions follows:

Lower Hudson Valley – July 14, 2020 

  • Session 1: 12:00 - 1:30 pm 
  • Session 2: 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Region-wide – July 14, 2020 

  • 7:00 - 8:30 pm  

New York City – July 21, 2020  

  • Session 1: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
  • Session 2: 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Long Island – July 22, 2020  

  • Session 1: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
  • Session 2: 3:00 - 4:30 pm

To register for these virtual workshops and for more information, visit: https://www.nymtc.org/Planmovingforward


Route 59 draft Final Report Public Review

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please join us for a virtual public review meeting to discuss and gather comments on the draft final report for the route 59 area transportation and land use study. the study identified and evaluated transportation and development issues and made improvement recommendations in the following areas: community design/process, roadway, bicycle/pedestrian, and transit. throughout the study, public input was gathered to identify issues and develop recommendations to shape the corridor into a safer, more pedestrian friendly environment with increased efficiency for vehicular traffic, emergency responders, and transit through the corridor.  if you can’t make it to a workshop, we will be accepting comments by email through 4 pm on friday august 14th. please use the following email address for comments: comments@route59study.org. please visit route59study.org for full details.


be counted!  reminder to take the 2020 census

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every 10 years since 1790, the census has played a critical role in determining each state’s representation in congress, and the distribution of more than $650 billion in federal funding for vital programs like public education, affordable housing, roads and bridges, and much more. knowing how, and where, the nymtc region is growing plays a role in preparing for the future.

be counted! getting undercounted means getting underfunded and would risk that the money that should be coming to the region for statewide improvements could go elsewhere. be part of making sure that the region gets the funding it needs. for the first time ever, the 2020 census can be filled out online in ten minutes in 59 languages

more information is available at 2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020.

 

nymtc’s program, finance and administration committee (pfac) hosts a virtual presentation on the clean freight corridors planning study

during its june 4, 2020 virtual meeting, members of the new york metropolitan transportation council (nymtc)’s program, finance and administration committee (pfac) , heard a presentation from leslie fordjour, nymtc project manager, and chris lamm of cambridge systematics on the recently launched clean freight corridors planning study. this meeting was chaired by ian francis of the nys department of transportation, who stated that under the governor’s executive order 202 this meeting can take place virtually. 

the 18-month long planning study will result in a series of recommendations to designate certain roads as clean freight corridors based on the availability of clean fuel infrastructure for trucks. the study will also make recommendations to address gaps in that infrastructure, and modifications to the demand side of freight deliveries to improve efficiency. this study originated from the nymtc regional freight plan to advance more efficient goods movement. the main focus will be on interstate highways in the tri-state region as they carry the most trucks. the multi-state freight working group will serve as the study’s technical advisory committee.

tin addition, nymtc staff introduced a series of resolutions for pfac consideration that the committee adopted.

  • resolution #504 – selection of project proposals to be funded through the federal fiscal years (ffys) 2018 and 2019 section 5310 enhanced mobility of seniors & individuals with disabilities program
  • resolution #505 – amendments to the federal fiscal year 2018-2045 regional transportation plan
  • resolution #506 – amendments to the state fiscal year 2020-2021 unified planning work program

click here to download the presentation:
clean freight corridors planning study

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nymtc's youtube page

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nymtc’s program, finance and administration committee (pfac) holds a special virtual meeting to distribute federal transit funding

on april 30, 2020, members of the new york metropolitan transportation council (nymtc)’s program, finance and administration committee (pfac), held a special virtual meeting to adopt an important resolution to distribute federal transit funding among its member agencies.

pfac chair ron epstein, executive deputy commissioner of the nys department of transportation, stated that under the governor’s executive order 202 this meeting can take place virtually. he also thanked essential workers and recognized the impacts of this pandemic on them.

the following resolutions were adopted at this meeting:

  • resolution #502 – distribution of federal fiscal year 2020 federal transit funding

  • resolution #503 – amendments to the sfy 2020-2021 unified planning work program

in addition, mr. epstein reported that pfac had taken an additional action via mail ballot to adopt resolution #501 - cares act to sub-allocate supplemental federal fiscal year 2020 funds appropriated by congress through the coronavirus aid, relief, and economic security (cares) act.


i-95 corridor coalition online commercial vehicles operations (cvo) portal

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the i-95 corridor coalition is aware that the trucking industry is actively seeking status information on various areas (travel information, credential status, etc.) along the corridor. the i-95 corridor coalition provides an online portal to access information of interest to motor carriers.  in addition to linking to i-95 corridor coalition agencies’ travel information sites, the portal also contains information on commercial vehicle operating, credentialing, registration, taxation, and permitting requirements, commercial driver licensing, traveler truck parking and weigh stations, tolling information, and motor truck associations for each of the i-95 coalition member states from maine to florida.
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route 59 area transportation & land use study draft final report available

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the route 59 area transportation & land use study identified and evaluated transportation and development issues and future improvement recommendations in the 4.5-mile stretch of route 59 that runs from airmont road in the village of airmont east through the hamlet of monsey and town of ramapo to south pascack road in the village of spring valley. throughout the study, public input was gathered to identify issues and develop recommendations to shape the corridor into a safer, more pedestrian friendly environment with increased efficiency for vehicular traffic, emergency responders, and transit through the corridor. please watch for future notices of public meetings to discuss the recommendations of the draft final report, which can be downloaded from the project website: route59study.org.


nymtc clean freight corridors planning study

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nymtc has initiated a clean freight corridors planning study to advance high-efficiency, low-emission alternative transportation technologies in the region’s freight fleet.

part of the regional freight plan component in nymtc’s plan 2045 long range transportation plan, the study will develop a strategic plan to launch alternative fuel technologies for goods movement by identifying roadway corridors suited to be designated as clean freight corridors. 

even with improved fuel efficiency, the diesel-powered engines of most equipment used to transport freight on the united states’ highways and rail lines emit pollutants and greenhouse gases. but market forces and state policies demand more clean and efficient ways to curb the emissions. 

 this study will:  

  • inventory existing alternative fuel infrastructure in the region;  
  • review current and emerging alternative fuel technologies; 
  • identify gaps between existing and future alternative fuel infrastructure capacities;  
  • analyze trends and forecasts; and 
  • identify and define optimal corridors for recommended designations as clean freight corridors and identify needs for the development of additional clean freight infrastructure in each corridor.

public and private freight stakeholders, nymtc’s freight subcommittee and the metropolitan area planning (map) forum organizations in the multi-state metropolitan region will provide insight throughout the development of the strategic plan. 


covid-19 resources for people with disabilities

the nyc mayor’s office for people with disabilities has put together a comprehensive set of information to support the most vulnerable populations in the city. the information provides updates on closures, materials on useful programs, and a list of organizations that provide essential services to the elderly and disabled, including: food and supplies, social services/medicaid benefits, home health care providers, transportation, housing, utilities, education, employment, businesses, finance, pets and service animals, and mental health resources. the following information has been gathered specifically to inform people with disabilities on the resources available to the population during nyc's response to the covid-19 outbreak.

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rockland county executive ed day confirmed as co-chair of the new york metropolitan transportation council (nymtc) at its 2020 annual meeting

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new york - during the february 27, 2020 meeting, which was held at the cuny graduate center, nymtc council members elected rockland county executive ed day as co-chair for the 2020-2021 term. previously, nycdot commissioner polly trottenberg served as nymtc’s co-chair. commissioner trottenberg was recognized by the nymtc board at the meeting for her service. the new york state department of transportation commissioner is nymtc’s permanent co-chair.

Stephen Gardner, Amtrak Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating and Commercial Officer

serving as the annual meeting’s keynote speaker, stephen gardner, amtrak senior executive vice president and chief operating and commercial officer, provided an address in keeping with the meeting’s theme of funding for the future. mr. gardner discussed the recent improvements that amtrak has undergone including achieving a 3.5% increase in operating revenue in 2019, with the northeast corridor (nec) driving this success. the increase in operating revenue has allowed the railroad to invest in equipment as well as longer term infrastructure projects. mr. gardner spoke of the requisite cooperation from congress, as well as from other rail operators to maintain this success and rate of growth.

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mr. gardner pointed to a number of local projects in which amtrak is investing along with its many partners and stressed the continuing need to identify and obtain funding to see these projects to completion. among them are portal bridge north, ny penn station access, hudson and east river tunnels, and gateway, which is anticipated to receive 60% funding from amtrak. he added that the investment needs for these major projects are 3-4 times the current available funds.

council members also adopted nymtc’s $48 million state fiscal year 2020-2021 unified planning work program (upwp). the upwp is a guiding document that helps nymtc and its members to determine how federal funding will be spent each year for planning activities.

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nymtc's youtube page


nymtc hosts safety and micromobility workshops

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new york - on january 30, 2020, the new york metropolitan transportation council (nymtc) in conjunction with its safety advisory working group (sawg) hosted workshops concerning safety and micromobility. these workshops are part of an information gathering effort in support of the development of the next long-range regional transportation plan (rtp), plan 2050. the first session in the afternoon had an audience of approximately 40 people at nymtc’s office in new york city who were joined by 20 participants from across the region via webinar. the second session in the evening was conducted only via webinar and had nine participants.

the sessions included a presentation which provided an overview of nymtc and its the plan 2050 development effort. using an online polling platform to accommodate both participants in the room and those attending remotely, participants discussed their perceptions of micromobility; safety issues surrounding micromobility; and potential strategies to address these issues.

click here to download the presentation:
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nymtc’s program, finance and administration committee (pfac) hosts a presentation on the port authority of ny & nj’s port master plan 2050

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new york - during its february 13, 2020 meeting, members of the new york metropolitan council (nymtc)’s program, finance and administration committee (pfac) , heard a presentation from charles bontempo, senior program manager for the port authority of ny & nj (panynj), regarding the recently completed port master plan 2050.

mr. bontempo described the master plan as a framework for future land use decisions by panynj over the next 30 years. panynj facilities are responsible for moving 1/3 of the nation’s gross domestic product. shipping container volumes are projected to double or triple by 2050 according to the master plan. the master plan also includes efforts to accommodate larger ships in the region. the master plan’s goals include resiliency, increasing modal shift away from trucks, reducing emissions, and generating economic development.

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in addition, nymtc staff introduced a series of resolutions for pfac consideration that the committee adopted. 

 resolution #497 – recommendation of the draft state fiscal year (sfy) 2020-2021 unified planning work program for council adoption 

 resolution #498 - amendments to the state fiscal year (sfy) 2019-2020 unified planning work program (upwp) 

 resolution #499 – supporting safety performance targets under the transportation performance management requirements 

 resolution #500 – recognition of service by robert brickman, nassau county department of public works

upcoming meeting:
nymtc’s next program, finance and administration committee (pfac) meeting is scheduled for may 21, 2020.

click here to download the presentation:
port master plan 2050

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nymtc's youtube page


new york metropolitan transportation council (nymtc) hosts republic of korea delegation

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new york - the new york metropolitan transportation council (nymtc) hosted representatives of the metropolitan transport commission (mtc) of the republic of korea at a meeting in their office in lower manhattan on december 15, 2020. the mtc’s mission is to provide seamless, convenient, and affordable transport services by building an inclusive cooperation system.

nymtc staff presented an overview of the organization, its structure, products, and planning process. the presentation emphasized the unique characteristics of the nymtc region in terms of density, geography, and aging infrastructure, as well as the need for regional coordination among neighboring metropolitan planning organizations (mpos).

the mtc representatives asked a number of questions of nymtc staff regarding the sources of public financing, as well as the relationship between federal and state/local funding opportunities, and how decisions are made regarding distribution of these funds. they expressed interest in local examples of public-private partnerships, as well as other innovative methods to implement large projects in the region.

click here to download the presentation:
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additional photos are available on
nymtc’s flickr page.


metropolitan mobility network (mmn) hosts session on developing a regional planning vision for shared mobility

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new york - at the december 11, 2019 metropolitan mobility network (mmn) session an audience of over 30 people at the nymtc office in new york city joined 20 participants from across the region via webinar. the mmn serves as an advisory group to nymtc and the metropolitan area planning (map) forum.

the session included a presentation which highlighted the importance of developing a regional planning vision for shared mobility. this effort includes involving municipal, state, and transportation agencies that are planning for rapidly changing technological developments, and building awareness of the opportunities presented by shared mobility developments to addressing transportation needs. the workshop discussed the various contextual definitions that characterize what shared mobility is such as mobility management, mobility-on-demand, and mobility-as-a-service. the participants then weighed in on how these definitions determined the types of mobility service models, including carpools, bike sharing, and public transit, that are implemented throughout the region.

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the mmn session concluded with an interactive discussion, using an online polling platform to accommodate both participants in the room and those attending remotely. participants voted on the types of shared mobility modes of transportation they have used, the concerns associated with the development of shared mobility, and the actions that need to be taken to support shared mobility across the region. the input gathered from this discussion will be used in the development of nymtc’s next regional transportation plan.

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nymtc’s youtube page


annual map forum meeting reviews regional studies

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new york - the metropolitan area planning (map) forum held its 2019 annual meeting on december 13, 2019 at the nymtc office. the map forum is a consortium of metropolitan planning organizations and councils of government – including nymtc -- in new york, new jersey, connecticut and pennsylvania that have signed a memorandum of understanding for the coordination of planning activities in the multi-state metropolitan region. this year’s annual meeting reviewed two very significant planning activities relevant to the multi-state metropolitan region.

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the first regional activity reviewed was the recently funded southeast, ny-to-danbury, ct link feasibility/planning study, to be financed through nymtc’s unified planning work program. danbury mayor mark boughton joined the meeting via videoconference to make introductory remarks about the significance of this study to travel in the i-84/i-684 corridors in both new york and connecticut and to acknowledge the partnership with putnam county executive maryellen odell, a nymtc principal, in helping to formulate and finance the work. vincent tamagna, putnam county’s project manager for the study, then provided an overview presentation on the study. he described the interstate collaboration at the heart of the study, which brings together putnam county, the city of danbury, nymtc, the western connecticut council of governments, and the mta metro-north railroad in an advisory capacity. the study will seek to assess the feasibility of and need to restore passenger rail service on the inactive beacon line between danbury and southeast. putnam county anticipates releasing a request for proposals for professional services in support of this study early in 2020.

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the map forum then heard a presentation from charles bontempo of the port authority of new york and new jersey on their recently released master plan for the port of new york and new jersey through 2050. developed in two phases corresponding to the first fifteen years and subsequent fifteen years, the plan forecasts future demand and lays out the increases in port capacity that will be needed to accommodate those increases. importantly, the plan also addresses the port’s future resiliency and its environmental and community impacts. map forum members expressed interest in the landside impacts of the plan on regional goods movement and perhaps using the map forum as a platform for coordination of landside actions related to the future of the port.

click here to download the presentations:
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port master plan 2050: a road map for the next 30 years
southeast, ny-to-danbury ct link feasibility/planning study

click here to view photos of the meeting:
nymtc’s flickr page

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