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Report on Truck Freight Movements during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The MAP Forum, in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the New York City Department of Transportation and the New Jersey Department of Transportation conducted an informal survey of truck drivers serving the Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania region in May 2020.  WestCOG is a participant in the MAP Forum, along with several other Connecticut COGs and planning organizations in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

Prior to the pandemic, the lack of adequate truck parking had long been recognized as a constraint on the efficient movement of goods in the multistate region surrounding New York City. The pandemic put a spotlight on the issue, as some rest areas and services (including restaurants and public restrooms) were temporarily closed.

Collectively, the agencies decided to develop one survey to gauge the issues truck drivers were facing during the pandemic and to better understand their parking needs. The survey’s intent was to help identify and assess additional measures—such as the temporary parking facilities established in New York City—to ease the delivery of day-to-day and emergency supplies. Going forward, the results will also help inform ongoing discussions about longer-term truck parking needs in the four-state area.

Delivery Goods During the Pandemic, A Survey of Truck Drivers Serving the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut Area, Summary of Findings

SWRMPO & HVMPO Draft 2021-2024 TIP Public Comment Process has begun!

The Draft 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a dynamic list of all highway and public transit projects proposed to be undertaken utilizing Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration funding during federal fiscal years 2021-2024. The Draft TIP is being updated for both the HVMPO and SWRMPO, learn more at their respective public process websites!

SWRMPO 2021-2024 TIP Public Process

HVMPO 2021-2024 TIP Public Process

Public Meetings Tuesday 9/22/2020
7-8PM (HVMPO) Zoom Link
8-9PM (SWRMPO) Zoom Link

Public Participation – WestCOG Hazard mitigation plan

The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG), along with its member municipalities, is developing its first Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) for all 18 communities.

A Hazard Mitigation Plan helps a community understand risks and take steps to reduce natural hazard impacts. And the plan becomes that much more relevant with public comment. We want to hear from you!

  • Have you been impacted by a natural hazard?
  • How is your community preparing?
  • What steps do you think should be taken?

Take the Hazard Survey

Attend a Public Meeting

Public Participation HMP Meetings are occurring throughout July and August. Find Meeting dates for your towns on the WestCOG Website.