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

Managing Parks and Open space during a pandemic – Webinar

WestCOG hosted a webinar on Managing Open Space During a Pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic called for lockdowns and social distancing regulations, which have disrupted life throughout Connecticut, and beyond. Concurrently, the increased use of trails and open space has been extraordinary. These facilities are experiencing record highs. On many accounts, this is a good thing! However, open space managers, towns, and state agencies are grappling with how to best manage and promote use while upholding new (and constantly evolving) public health and safety protocols.

Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. (FHI) partnered with WestCOG to host an informational webinar.

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.