Planning Studies

Albany Bicycle Master Plan

Total Study Cost: $75,000 consultant effort

upwpDescription: The Bicycle Master Plan was initiated by the City of Albany to identify a network of bicycle routes to improve cycling as a viable mode of transportation throughout the City. The network will support a safe and healthy transportation alternative that is paramount to achieving sustainability and enhancing quality of life. The benefits of cycling are significant to individuals, communities and the environment. The plan recommends a bikeway network to be implemented over the next 20 years comprised of major bikeways, neighborhood routes, multiuse trails, Hudson River crossings, and areas for future connections. In addition, the plan recommends a number of supporting projects including a
bicycling education campaign, pilot bicycle infrastructure installations which focus on the use of sharrows (shared lane pavement markings) and the installation of bike racks throughout the City. Additional recommendations include exploration of a bike share program, the development of a bike route signage strategy, support for ongoing biking encouragement programs, and the incorporation of bike parking in the site plan review process.

This study was completed in December 2009.

To view the final report, visit

Sponsors: CDTC and the City of Albany

docxUPWP TEXT Consultant: IBI Group in association with Rick Manning Landscape Architect

Linkage Program

CDTC’s Community and Transportation Linkage Planning Program (the Linkage Program) is an integrated land use and transportation planning program created to implement the regional transportation plan known as New Visions 2040. The program has been recognized as a national best practice in livability planning and is the cornerstone of CDTC’s public outreach efforts. The program provides financial and technical assistance to local communities for planning, with particular emphasis on projects that support implementation of innovative transportation and land use concepts. Examples include strategic zoning code changes/zoning code overlays, the development of complete streets design guidelines, strategic master plans, etc.

The Linkage Program is one of the most significant cooperative regional efforts in the nation to reflect, in practice, what representatives of the region’s counties, cities, towns and villages as well as state and local transportation providers have adopted as policy. In recognition of this regional achievement, the Linkage Program received a 2010 National Planning Excellence Award from the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration and the American Planning Association.

As of March 2017, CDTC has funded a total of 86 collaborative, jointly-funded studies over the past sixteen years. Study sponsors have included 40 separate urban, suburban and rural municipalities and counties as well as not-for-profits and other public entities. Roughly $6.0 million in federal, state and local funds have been committed to the Linkage Program since its inception in 2000.


Linkage program brochure for view or download

Planning Resources

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Planning Studies

One of CDTC's primary responsibilities is to undertake a cooperative, collaborative and comprehensive transportation planning process in the Capital Region. This has resulted in CDTC becoming heavily involved in planning initiatives at the state, regional and local levels. CDTC has funded a number of regional planning initiatives in addition to supporting its Community and Transportation Linkage Planning Program which has funded 86 planning initiatives as of 2017.

In addition to CDTC funded planning work, CDTC's staff has supported numerous local planning efforts including comprehensive plans, zoning code updates, local waterfront revitalization plans, etc. Staff involvement in these initiaitives has further strengthened the bond between the MPO and local governments, as well as state and regional planning agencies and organizations.

Study Summaries

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Final Reports

Linkage Program Plans are available through the Linkage Program Interactive Map or through the list of municipalities below. The Linkage Program map displays active and completed Linkage Program planning studies in the CDTC MPO planning area. Only municipalities with completed Linkage Program plans are listed below. Note that some reports have large file sizes (up to 35 MB). If you are unable to access a report, contact us to request an electronic version on CD or a paper copy.

Albany County

Rensselaer County

Saratoga County

Schenectady County

Village of Altamont
Town of Bethlehem

Active Studies

Under Construction