Safety Planning

Over the next two years, CDTC will be developing a Regional Safety Action Plan and Safety Investigation Program. This effort will serve to implement a key recommendation of CDTC’s New Visions 2040 Regional Transportation Plan and will build upon the New York State Strategic Highway Safety Plan. The planning process will analyze crash statistics (with direct assistance from CDTC staff), identify emphasis areas, and develop projects, programs and policies that reduce fatal and serious injury crashes as well as crash rates on all public roads. The Plan will support CDTC’s efforts in making progress on the regions’ safety performance by providing information to the region’s safety partners on the specifics of the crash problem in their jurisdictions and to offer guidance on how those problems can be addressed through multi-modal, multi-discipline engineering, education and enforcement strategies. This effort will also guide CDTC’s federal funding (HSIP) programming for projects off the State owned roadway system and will contribute to the broader policy decision making processes for safety on all public roads. A basic outline of the project tasks include:

  • Crash Data Benchmarking - Six (6) years of reportable crash data (2011-2016) for all public roads will be reviewed and summarized.
  • Network Screening and Data Analysis - Non-state owned roadways will be screened to identify locations or corridors that are above average for crashes.
  • Stakeholder Outreach - A maximum of ten (10) focus group meetings will be organized with a wide variety of safety stakeholders to discuss existing safety programs in the region as well as current safety related data.
  • Regional Safety Summit - A summit will be held as a way to collaborate with our safety partners and encourage state and local government officials, staff from state and local government, state and local enforcement agencies, county traffic safety boards, public transit agencies, nonprofit organizations, traffic safety educators, business and community groups, and interested members of the general public to participate in the safety planning process.
  • Emphasis Area and Strategy Development - Based on the data analysis and outreach process, emphasis areas and strategies will be identified for the plan. They will be consistent with the New York State Strategic Highway Safety Plan.
  • Draft and Final Plan Development - A planning document with an executive summary will be developed that incorporates a summary of the crash data evaluated through the benchmarking and network screening tasks, describes the proposed emphasis areas and strategies to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes and crash rates, describes how these strategies may assist CDTC and the region in meeting safety performance targets and identifies a draft implementation plan that makes recommendations for projects potentially eligible for federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds.
  • Safety Investigation Services - Technical services will be provided to analyze crash problems at specific sites, in corridors or at locations with common characteristics impacting safety on county, town, city or village owned roads.