Noteworthy Practices

This page contains noteworthy products, plans, and projects identified by New York’s MPOs.


The Buffalo-Niagara Regional Plan for Sustainable Development, known as One Region Forward, is in final review for December approval. The Plan will leverage sustainable planning and practices in the MTP 2050 and is transitioning to an implementation phase. The draft is available here.

Subsequent to the GBNRTC Fright Studies, recommendations for development of a comprehensive logistics complex across the Buffalo Niagara region led to assembly of an International Trade Gateway Organization. Formal startup is described here in Business First.

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.


The Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations ( ) held its annual conference on October 21-24 in Atlanta GA. Presentation of awards for notable achievement was part of the proceedings.

The Award for Outstanding Elected Official Leadership was awarded to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone for his sustainable transportation and development vision Connect Long Island, and his incorporation of that vision into the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council’s planning process.

Connect Long Island was developed to address the challenges derived from an outdated development model centered on the use of the personal automobile. This project is transforming the landscape of Suffolk County and Steve has shown true leadership in his efforts in integrating this ambitious and multifaceted vision. NYSAMPO congratulates County Executive Bellone for this recognition.


SMTC invites you to check out the the I-81 Challenge website ( 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.