Mobility Studies

NYMTC continues to undertake planning studies and activities focused on mobility needs in its planning area and in the larger three-state metropolitan region. This planning work is guided by the Metropolitan Mobility Network/ITS Working Group an advisory working group that brings together agencies, service providers, and interested stakeholders.

Study Overviews

Brief overviews of key studies are as follows:

Palisades Shared Use Path

Palisades Shared Path

Project Overview: The Palisades Shared Use Path Study is a project to determine the feasibility of constructing a shared use path through the Palisades to create a safe, intuitive, and separated connection between the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey to the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in South Nyack, New York. A shared use path provides a travel area separate from motorized traffic for cyclists, pedestrians, skaters, wheelchair users, joggers, and other users. This path would fill a gap in what is a very popular biking route in the regional bike network. The Palisades Shared Use Path Study area extends about 20 miles along the west side of the Hudson River, traversing busy roadways, historic downtowns, and public parklands, including Palisades Interstate Park and Tallman Mountain State Park.

For more details, visit the project website:

Long Island

Access to Transportation on Long Island final report was published in April 2007.

Project Overview:
Despite traffic congestion and the availability of travel alternatives, the automobile is the dominant means of travel on Long Island. But not all Long Islanders have access to a car, or are able or willing to travel in that manner.

A substantial public transportation network in Nassau and Suffolk Counties provides alternatives to the car and provides mobility for many area residents. However, even with the existence of these services some Long Island residents lack access to transportation alternatives due to their demographic characteristics, residential locations, destinations, and/or other factors.

The Access to Transportation on Long Island study assesses the transportation needs of those residents, to help the counties and providers determine how best to respond to those needs.

Access to Transportation on LI Study Final Documents

click to download PDF → White Paper

click to download PDF → Technical Report

Ferry Parking

Ferry Parking and Landside Access Study Final Report was issued in December 2009.


The Ferry Parking and Landside Access study is designed to assess and evaluate the suitability of sites for the development of facilities to support waterborne transportation of people and freight in the New York metropolitan region.

The project consisted of three major tasks. The first task analyzed relevant literature including previous reports and studies conducted in the region; the second task was the development of an interactive GIS-based scenario builder to assist decision-makers in understanding how individual factors, such as prevailing land use patterns, as well as the relationship between factors, such as land uses, land values, and prevailing traffic flows, shape the criteria used to identify viable sites for development; and the third task utilized assessment criteria to conduct a detailed analysis of no more than ten to twelve sites. Once the analysis of sites was completed, a prioritized list of sites suitable for development was created.

click to download PDF → Ferry Parking and Landside Access final report, completed December 2009

South Brooklyn (SBTIS)

The Southern Brooklyn Transportation Investment Study assessed transportation issues in the southern half of Brooklyn.

Published in October 2006, the purpose of the study was to assess current and future travel conditions and deficiencies and develop multimodal transportation improvement alternatives that address the movement of people and goods within and through the study area.

The SBTIS Summary Report highlights the activities performed for the study tasks including development of study goals and objectives, assessment of current and future travel conditions and deficiencies, scenario development and evaluation of scenarios. All of the study tasks were informed through the extensive community involvement program.

Eight specific recommendations were analyzed in the summary report:

  • Bus Priority Measures – priority measures to improve existing bus service along four corridors
  • Passenger Ferry Service – express and local service with five new landings to access Downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan
  • Grade Separation at Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U – roadway grade separation for Flatbush Avenue through traffic to avoid the congested intersection
  • JFK International Airport Truck Freight Ferry – freight ferry service to the Bronx, Manhattan, northern New Jersey and Connecticut from JFK Airport.
  • Subway Improvements – improved service, service extensions, pedestrian connections and subway construction
  • Downtown Brooklyn Regional Bus Terminal – terminal for regional and, possibly, intercity routes
  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – BRT services along six corridors, including the four corridors proposed for bus priority measures
  • Non-motorized Modes – recommendations covering bicycling and walking modes of travel

Summary Report

click to download PDF → Summary Report

Short-Term Issues

click to download PDF → Short term issue 010406

Technical Memos

click to download PDF → Tech_memo1
click to download PDF → Tech_memo2
click to download PDF → Tech_memo3
click to download PDF → Tech_memo3_appendixA
click to download PDF → Tech_memo3_appendixB
click to download PDF → Tech_memo4

Report Appendices

click to download PDF → Appendix A
click to download PDF → Appendix B
click to download PDF → Appendix C
click to download PDF → Appendix D
click to download PDF → Appendix E
click to download PDF → Appendix F
click to download PDF → Appendix G1
click to download PDF → Appendix G2
click to download PDF → Appendix G3
click to download PDF → Appendix G6