The Draft 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Public Process is underway and hopes to hear from you. Join the public meeting this Tuesday September 22nd with the HVMPO from 7-8PM and the SWRMPO meeting from 8-9PM.
The 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!
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!
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 🤩
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.
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.