2006 Capital District Regional Bike-Hike Map: The 2nd edition of CDTC’s Regional Bike-Hike Map was produced in the Spring of 2006 to assist pedestrians, cyclists, and inline skaters, in planning both recreational and commuter trips throughout the Capital District. Throughout the creative process, CDTC staff took into consideration recommendations from CDTC's Bicycle & Pedestrian Task Force . The map displays existing trails and routes as well as facilities to be constructed in 2006. Print copies of this map are no longer available.
2010 Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail Map: This map is an update to CDTC’s 2004 map. The updated version retains the familiar layout of the 2004 map, however the accuracy of trail alignments and amenities, as well as on-road signage have been enhanced due to the use of GPS technology. Input from CDTC’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Task Force aided in determining which features and labels to include in the 2010 map. To request a copy of the map, please call CDTC at (518) 458-2161, or e-mail CDTC at BikeMap@CDTCMPO.org.
Priority Networks: CDTC has been utilizing priority networks in planning and project programming since they were originally developed by New Visions task forces for the 1997 regional transportation plan. Priority networks exist for bicyclists and pedestrians, freight, intelligent transportation systems and transit. These networks are used in CDTC’s merit evaluation of Transportation Improvement Program project proposals and improvements to them are made as described in the white papers for each topic supporting New Visions 2040.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Network:
This network consists of two components – pedestrian districts and a linear network. The pedestrian districts were created to highlight and address the fact that pedestrian movement is more fluid than linear, and that investments in pedestrian infrastructure should be made where there are greater densities of people living or working and in closest proximity to pedestrian generating destinations. The linear network connects the pedestrian districts via major travel routes and makes connections to activity generators outside of designated districts. The basis for the linear network was that these longer routes are attractive to bicyclists and manageable to travel by bicycle, whereas walking would be less feasible. Bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvement projects proposed on these networks will be prioritized for funding. A complete description of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Network can be found in the
Bicycle & Pedestrian Action Plan.
Goods Movement Priority Network: The CDTC Freight Priority Network (FPN) provides a logical system of routes that facilitate efficient and safe freight mobility within, to, and from the CDTC region. FPN designation is important because it provides CDTC and its constituent municipalities, counties, and state agencies with guidance on roadway investment, planning, design (e.g., clearances, turning radii), maintenance, pavement, signalization, and access management to help support goods movement across the region. The primary function of FPN designation is to bring roads that carry critical freight and goods movements to the forefront in freight-related investment decisions. Further, FPN designation is intended to engage local jurisdictions in operating, maintaining, and designing FPN roads to adhere to these specifications to promote safe/reliable infrastructure and efficient movement. For example, projects affecting FPN routes will receive acknowledgement for being part of the major freight system when planning and programming freight-related investments.
A complete description of the Freight Priority Network can be found in the The Freight & Goods Movement Plan.
Transit Priority Network: The basis of CDTC’s Transit Priority Network is CDTA’s Transit Priority Corridors, with deviations off of the main line removed, connections to the Albany International Airport and Saratoga Springs train station added, and I-87 between Route 7 and I-90 added. The criteria used in identifying CDTA’s Transit Priority Corridors are described in the CDTA Transit Development Plan. TIP project proposals that are on the CDTC Transit Priority Network and incorporate one or more Transit Components into the scope of work will receive merit category points for transit. Transit components include Bus-only travel lanes; Transit shelters, including concrete pad and access to board transit; Concrete transit pull-offs (bus bays) adjacent to the roadway; Curb extensions at bus stops; Sidewalks; Transit signal priority Queue jumps; Park and Ride lots of at least 25 spaces; Innovative pedestrian crossings; Accessibility above ADA guidelines; Pedestrian signage throughout project area; and land set aside for future transit components. Details regarding the Transit Priority Network can be found in the Transit Task Force White Paper.
Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Network: The ITS priority network includes expressway and arterial facilities as the platform for the regional ITS. Some ITS improvements to arterials which parallel the expressways will have direct benefits to expressway travel, especially by providing alternate routes during expressway incidents. Access management and physical improvements will be required for this to be effective. Nonetheless, ITS benefits from signal coordination, transit signal priority, or other improvements will also provide significant benefits to normal daily arterial function. Rather than optimizing signal timing for maximum traffic flow, signal system design can be developed that allows for efficient traffic progression at travel speeds that are compatible with pedestrian, bike and transit movements. This may provide for a win/win outcome. Even modest improvements in basic signal timing will show important results. Implementation of signal coordination along arterial corridors will improve traffic flow for autos as well as for transit using Transit Signal Priority (TSP). For routes that parallel expressways, ITS holds the promise of allowing the signal coordination and timing plan to be changed by the TMC to facilitate diverted traffic during an incident. A complete description of the ITS Priority Network can be found in the Regional Operations and Safety White Paper.
Functional Classification Map: This is an interactive map on the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Website. It is meant to help the user determine the functional classification of a road segment.
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