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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.

NEW YORK STATE WELCOMES OUR 14TH MPO!

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.

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.

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:

TRB SHRP2                                                                                                                FHWA SHRP2 Solutions                                                                                       AASHTO SHRP2 Solutions

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.

New York’s Statewide Safety Plans Fact sheet 

Timing Traffic Signals to Accommodate Pedestrians

Designing Signalized Intersections to Accommodate All Users

Complete Streets Fact Sheet

Complete Streets 2.0 Fact Sheet

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.php/news/transportation-data-management-system/