The New York State Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (NYSAMPO) is a coalition of the fourteen MPOs in New York State, which have committed to work together toward common goals. We are a diverse group of organizations, representing very large, urban areas like New York City as well as small, urban areas like Elmira. Nevertheless, we have common interests and believe that working together on planning and research initiatives can help our organizations provide high quality transportation planning expertise to the public throughout the State.
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The Final Rule on Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning; and Metropolitan Transportation Planning was published in the Federal Register on May 27, 2016, with an effective date thirty days later. This long awaited rule was initiated with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on June 2, 2014. As has been the practice with transportation planning, the rule is issued jointly by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transportation Administration. It was initiated in response to new legislative requirements for MPOs and state DOTs in Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). The final rule also incorporates changes that are responsive to the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, passed in December 2015. This rule will guide much of the work of New York State’s MPOs.
Working Group Work Plan
NYSAMPO’s eight technical working groups are an important part of the Association. They provide a forum for a community of practice and exchange of both cutting edge and current planning techniques. Each group prepares a Work Plan to guide its actions. The time span is April 1 – March 31 to coincide with the MPOs’ Unified Planning Work Programs. The 2016-2017 Working Group Work Plan is available here.
Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act
On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The FAST Act reauthorizes programs of FHWA, FTA, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for a five year period, through September 30, 2020. It retains most of the policies and program structure created in MAP-21, but adds a new focus on freight with the creation of both formula-based and discretionary freight capital programs. For more information, see the FHWA Fast Act page and FTA FAST Act page.
NYSAMPO has created a number of Fact Sheets to guide metropolitan transportation planning practices. These can be accessed on the NYSAMPO Fact Sheets Page under Noteworthy Practices.
Planning for Sustainable Transportation and Communities
NYSAMPO is pleased to release a White Paper on How New York’s MPOs are Planning for Sustainable Transportation and Sustainable Communities. Initiated by the Climate Change Working Group, this paper documents the ways in which our MPOs are responding to the growing concerns about sustainability. Some MPOs explicitly recognize sustainability in their long range transportation plans, while others use it as a criteria for evaluating projects for inclusion in their Transportation Improvement Program. Many are finding new partners to engage in planning efforts; some, like NYSERDA and HUD offer grant programs to underwrite these plans. From applying Smart Growth principles to supporting travel by non-motorized and energy efficient modes, it is clear that our MPOs attach significant value to sustainability.