The New York State Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (NYSAMPOs) 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.
If you have any questions or comments, you can send email to NYSAMPO Staff
Welcome Watertown! As reported in the 2010 U.S. Census, the Watertown NY urbanized area reached a population of 57,840, requiring the designation of an MPO. Watertown is home to the U.S. Army’s Fort Drum, home of the 10th Mountain Division. Local officials are working with the New York State DOT to develop the structure and legal documents for their MPO, and expect to the MPO to be designated by the Governor by May 1.
NYSDOT Announces Final Round of Transportation Enhancement Program. The FHWA Transportation Enhancement Program, created in the ISTEA legislation in 1991, has funded thousands of projects that have enhanced the transportation landscape of our communities: pedestrian improvements, multi-use paths, rail-trails, welcome centers, and others. The program has been replaced in MAP-21 by the Transportation Alternatives Program. This round of project applications will result in awarding the remaining funds apportioned under SAFETEA-LU. The NYSDOT website has all of the details on upcoming workshops, training courses, and application documents. NYSDOT TEP website
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century.On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law the new surface transportation authorization passed by Congress. For more information from our Federal partners, see http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/ and http://www.fta.dot.gov/map21/index.html
Strategic Highway Research Program 2. SHRP2 is a program of the Transportation Research Board, authorized by Congress to conduct implementation-oriented research in four areas: Capacity, Renewal, Reliability, and Safety. Much of the research has been completed, or is in its final stages. The Federal Highway Administration and AASHTO are sharing responsibility for implementation of projects ranging from providing training to highway incident responders to improve system reliability, to incorporating reliability measures in the Highway Capacity Manual. Find out more at:
NYSAMPO Fact Sheets:
The newest Fact Sheet is about statewide safety plans like the New York State DOT’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan, and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s Highway Strategic Safety Plan, and how local governments can help implement the plans to save lives on New York’s roads.
MPO Items of Current Interest:
Syracuse: SMTC invites you to check out the the I-81 Challenge website (www.thei81challenge.org). As you may be aware, portions of I-81 are nearing the end of their lifespan, particularly the elevated sections of the highway in downtown Syracuse. Over the next decade, portions of the road will need to be replaced, reconstructed, removed, or otherwise changed at a significant cost.
Now, the citizens of the Syracuse region have a significant opportunity: a chance to reevaluate the needs and desires of those who use I-81 and live or work in the area, to formulate a vision and a plan that will best serve our goals for the future. Thus, we are posing a challenge; a challenge to you and a challenge to ourselves, a challenge to think big and think outside the box; a challenge to think about the ways that we, both as individuals and as a community, interact with our surroundings and what we need from our transportation systems.
Buffalo: The Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportaton Council’s new Transportation Data Management System (TDMS) has gone live! The TDMS website can be used to view the Traffic Ciunt Database System, which consists of current and past years’ traffic volumes, trends, and 60 minute/15 minute interval counts showing speed and vehicle classification. http://www.gbnrtc.org/index.