WestCOG’s September 2020 Newsletter is out! Click in to see the free data we have available, Opportunities to comment on Transportation Projects in the Region, a new CTDOT PodCast, and a Bicycle Pedestrian Grant Opportunity! 🚲😊
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.
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!
Public Meetings Tuesday 9/22/2020
7-8PM (HVMPO) Zoom Link
8-9PM (SWRMPO) Zoom Link
The Summer Planners’ Lunch that was scheduled for 8/6 has been postponed due to the wide-spread power and internet outages. Staff are working to reschedule the event and the website will be updated when we have have a new date and time.
The August 2020 Newsletter is out! Learn about WestCOG’s federal designation as an Economic Development District (EDD). The EDD is known as the Western Connecticut Economic Development District (WCEDD). Or check out what our Sustainable CT Fellows are up to 🤩
WestCOG hosted a featured presentation “Affordable Housing: By the Numbers” by Donald J. Poland, PhD, AICP. Dr. Poland shared his research and findings on the economics and polices affecting affordable housing in the state of Connecticut on July 16th, 2020. The presentation slides and video are available for your review.
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?
Public Participation HMP Meetings are occurring throughout July and August. Find Meeting dates for your towns on the WestCOG Website.