SWRMPO Certification Review 2018
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will review of the South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (SWRMPO) Transportation Planning Program for compliance with federal planning regulations. Continue reading SWRMPO Certification Review 2018
PUBLIC NOTICE; MULTI-STATE FREIGHT WORKING GROUP
The Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum announces the second meeting of its Multi-State Freight Working Group on April 3, 2018 at 10:30 am. Continue reading MAP Forum Multi-State Freight Working Group
DANBURY – To better inform the greater Danbury region on status of area state transportation issues, State Representatives Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), Michael Ferguson (R-138), Will Duff (R-2), David Arconti (D- 109), Fred Wilms (R-142) Gail Lavielle (R-143), Stephen Harding (R-107) and Sen. Michael McLachlan (R-24) will be holding a State Transportation Forum on March 5th in Danbury with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker. Continue reading Legislators Hosting Greater Danbury Transportation Forum
Congestion Management Process
Per Federal regulation §450.322, the transportation planning process must address congestion management in all Transportation Management Areas (TMA). SWRMPO meets the criteria of a TMA with a population over 200,000. Since the formation of WestCOG, which now hosts both SWRMPO and HVMPO, highly congested roadways on the national highway system in the HVMPO have also been monitored and reported on.
Specifically, the Congestion Management Process (CMP) includes the following steps:
- Determine the highway and transit CMP network;
- Define congestion, including parameters to be measured and associated thresholds;
- Identify congested links, including review of CTDOT’s Annual Congestion Management System (CMS) report;
- Develop strategies to address congested links;
- Implement short- and long-term strategies;
- Monitor the network, including improvements.
A detailed version of the 2014 Congestion Management Process report can be found here.
The three major arterial roadways in the region are Interstate 95, Interstate 84 and the Merritt Parkway (Route 15). Updated briefings for each specific corridor were created in 2016 and can be accessed here:
Darien is hosting a public meeting about the Noroton Height Station Area Study. Residents, businesses, commuters and other local stakeholders are encouraged to attend this meeting for an update on the study, and to provide input on potential improvements around the Noroton Heights Station. Continue reading Darien: Noroton Heights Study Public Meeting
The Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum announces its 2017 Annual Meeting on December 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm in Lower Manhattan. Continue reading MAP Forum Annual Meeting 2017
Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program (LOTCIP)
LOTCIP provides state funding for a variety of municipal transportation capital improvements, including: bridge rehabilitation and replacement; road reconstruction; intersection improvements; traffic signals; streetscapes; sidewalks; multi-use trails; and pedestrian bridges. Projects must be located on roads classified as collector or arterial, however bridge projects with spans over 20 feet and transportation alternatives projects (typically bicycle and pedestrian improvements, such as multi-use trails) are exceptions.
The WestCOG region received at total of $41.2 million under this program in FY 2014-17, and $44.2 million is proposed for FY 2018-21. A total of 25 Projects have been allocated funding in the WestCOG region under this program to date.
Current project allocations in the Housatonic Valley Region
Current project allocations in the South West Region
More information concerning the LOTCIP program is available on the CT DOT web page.
Foundational Plans & Programs
The TIP is a financially-constrained list of all highway and public transit projects proposed to be undertaken utilizing federal funding, requiring federal approval, or of regional significance over a four year period in each MPO region.
Two long range regional transportation plans, one for the SWRMPO area and one for the HVMPO area, make recommendations for improvements to transportation facilities and services. Updated every five years, the LRTP seeks to lay out investments and strategies to improve mobility in the region. The Transportation Improvement Programs above select projects from these plans to be funded.
A Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is a required document outlining transportation planning activities performed in accordance with United States Code (23 CFR Part 450.308). The work program serves as a guide to develop and advance the implementation of plans, programs, and projects that seek to address the eight planning factors identified in §450.306(a)). Such factors include, but are not limited to: preserving and improving the transportation system, enhancing mobility and connectivity, supporting economic vitality, safety and security, as well as environmental considerations.
Opportunities for public involvement are a cornerstone of the transportation planning process.