The New York State Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (NYSAMPO) is a coalition of the thirteen 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, please direct emails to: NYSAMPO Staff.
U.S. Highway Trust Fund. The Highway Trust Fund is the repository for motor fuel tax revenue, which is then used to fund highway programs, and a portion of transit programs. The U.S. Department of Transportation has created a Highway Trust Fund Ticker that forecasts that the Fund will be unable to meet its obligations a month or more prior to the end of the Federal fiscal year on September 30, unless Congress takes action. Learn more from the NYSAMPO Highway Trust Fund Briefing Paper.
Map of Federal and State MPO Liaisons. The Federal Highway Administration, NY Division Office of Planning and Environment, has prepared a Map that depicts the geopgraohic coverage of each of the MPOs, the FHWA and FTA planning liaison staff, and the boundaries of the New York State DOT Regions.
On February 26, President Obama announced the kick-off of the 2014 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant cycle. This is the 6th round of this discretionary grant program that allows USDOT to select high value projects. Applicants must detail the benefits their project would deliver for five long-term outcomes: safety, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, livability and environmental sustainability. Congress appropriated $600 million for this year’s program. More information can be found at www.dot.gov/tiger
Governor Cuomo Announces Transportation Alternatives Program Solicitation
The Transportation Alternatives Program is a Federal Highway Administration program aimed at funding projects to improve pedestrian and bicycle transportation, access to public transportation, and community liveability. It consolidates the former Transportatio Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and Recreational Trails Program. There is more information at FHWA TAP Guidance. The Governor’s announcement kicked off the first project solicitation, with $50 million available. Information on how to apply is on the TAP page of the NYSDOT website. Contact your MPO for more information. Applications are due on June 11.
NYSAMPO Submits Comments on FTA Section 5310 Draft Circular. The Federal Transit Administration released a Draft Circular addressing its Sec 5310 program “Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program Guidance” and requested comments. MAP-21 changed the Sec 5310 program by incorporating the former New Freedom program into it, necessitating new guidance. The Association submitted comments to the docket.
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 Count 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.