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.

If you have any questions or comments, please direct emails to: NYSAMPO Staff.



On Monday, October 27, 2014, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) opened for business in its new location at 25 Beaver Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10004, after ten years at 199 Water Street. Phone numbers and email remain the same. Please be sure to update your records with the new address. NYMTC looks forward to seeing you in their new location!


As announced by the Census Bureau in March of 2012, the Watertown urbanized area exceeded the 50,000 population threshold in the 2010 U.S. Census that is required for designation as an MPO. Representatives of Jefferson County, the City of Watertown, and the New York State Department of Transportation have been working together to learn MPO basics. They developed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) addressing the structure and function of the Watertown-Jefferson County Transportation Council (WJCTC). The signed MOU and the New York State DOT letter designating the MPO were transmitted to FHWA/FTA on September 25, 2014.

NYSAMPO is excited to have another MPO join our Association, and looks forward to working with the staff and officials of WJCTC, sharing our knowledge to help them get established.

NYSAMPO Submits Comments on Metropolitan Planning Rulemaking

A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was issued jointly by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration on Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Planning and Metropolitan Planning. This rule is intended to implement the planning elements of MAP-21, including the new performance based planning and programming requirement. NYSAMPO analyzed the metropolitan planning section of the NPRM and submitted these comments to the docket.

The New York State DOT, in addition to participating in the NYSAMPO review and comments also submitted comments to the docket.

The Innovative DOT. Smart Growth America and the State Smart Transportation Initiative recently released the 3rd edition of “The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice”. With eight focus areas, ranging from revenue sources to integrating transportation and land use decision making, this is a valuable reference . NYSAMPO and NYSDOT will use this as a reference four our Integrated Planning initiative.

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:


FHWA SHRP2 Solutions

AASHTO SHRP2 Solutions

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.