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Public Notice for the 2020 Annual MAP Forum

The Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum announces its 2020 Annual Meeting. Due to the current public health emergency, this meeting will be held as a webinar.

Register for the MAP Forum Webinar

Friday December 4, 2020 at 10:00 am – 12:15 PM

Meeting Agenda (printable version)

  1. Welcome and Introductions (10:00 am – 10:05 am) – Mary D. Ameen, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
  2. Regional Issue: The Future of Work (10:05 am – 10:45 am)
    1. The Future of the Office — Oliver Schaper and Wendy Andrew-Doele, Gensler
    2. The Future of Commutation – Kaan Ozbay, C2SMART Center, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University
  3. Emerging Trends (10:45 am – 11:15 am)
    1. 2055 Socio Economic and Demographic Forecasts – Debra Nelson, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council and Tina Lund, Urbanomics
    2. Emerging Trends from the Pandemic and Vaccine Distribution – Anne Strauss-Wieder, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
    3. Emerging Resiliency Initiatives – Meghan Sloan, Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments and Jennifer Fogliano, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
  4. Lightning Round on Long Range Plans by MAP Forum Members (11:15 am – 11:45 am)
  5. Public Participation (11:45 am – 12:00 pm) (Reserved for registered participants on a first come, first served basis by contacting njtpa@njtpa.org by 9:30 am on the meeting day.  Remarks will be limited to no more than three minutes. Total time available for public participation is 15 minutes.)
  6. Closing Remarks & Adjourn (no later than 12:15 pm) – Mary D. Ameen

The MAP Forum is a consortium of ten metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and councils of government (COGs) in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania that have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the coordination of planning activities in the multi-state metropolitan region.

The MAP Forum complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and federal Limited English Proficiency guidelines.  If you need special accommodations to participate in this meeting, or translation services, please contact njtpa@njtpa.org no later than 72 hours prior to the meeting.  

MAP Forum 2020 Annual Spring Meeting

The Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum, a consortium of ten metropolitan planning organizations and councils of governments from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, held its Annual Spring Meeting virtually on June 19, 2020.

This year’s meeting led off with an update from the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) on MAP Forum activities during the public health emergency. The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) also presented on how the supply chain has been impacted by COVID-19 highlighting freight challenges and initiatives, government response, and emerging trends.

The Capitol Region Council of Governments presented an overview on the success of the CTfastrak BRT service and shared an update on a pilot program to test three electric-powered autonomous buses between New Britain and Hartford. Greater Bridgeport Transit (GBT) shared an overview of GBT’s planning and response to COVID-19 as well as an update on the rollout of GBT’s Zero Emissions bus project.

NJTPA presented a demonstration of their central content management system as well as a summary of the results from the multi-state truck rest area survey. NYMTC gave a brief update on its multi-state transportation forecasting work.

The Presentations

5310 Funding Program

The Section 5310 program provides Federal funding for capital expenses (up to 80% of total project cost) and operating expenses (up to 50% of total project cost) to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation service and expanding transportation mobility options.

The application process has begun. See more information on the application process on WestCOG’s 5310 Webpage.

The february newsletter has arrived

Our monthly publication has news, project updates, grant opportunities, and events for the Region.  In this month’s issue we have some exciting news about Newtown’s Al’s Trail, WestCOG’s new Regional Map Viewer, a Land Conservation conference, and more!

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Newtown Bike and Trails Committee hosts open house

On Sunday, March 8 at the Newtown Community Center, the Bike and Trails Committee will be hosting an open house to inform the public about opening opportunities to outdoor recreation! More information and registration instructions are below the cut.

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