VI. STATEWIDE COOPERATIVE EFFORTS

 

The following are additional statewide cooperative studies partly funded with CDTC’s PL funds.

1.         Statewide MPO Association Staff Support (CDTC administered contract; see Task 1.68)

2.         Integrated Transportation and Community Design (CDTC administered contract; see Task 5.85)

3.         Additional Statewide Data Collection (high tech)

 

ITS implementation across the state is moving the transportation profession into uncharted territory of data collection.  GIS implementation has brought NYSDOT and MPOs into new technology applications including interpretation of satellite imagery.

 

There is a clear opportunity in 2001-02 to identify the technology-driven data sources currently available or expected in the near future and recommend a course of action for NYSDOT and the MPOs.  Effort in 2001-02 could be expected to be limited to a consultant effort to survey the current state of the practice and develop recommendations.  Implementation of technology-driven data collection would occur in later years.

 

Budget:  $100,000.  The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study will administer a consultant contract on behalf of the NYS MPO Association.

 

4.         Freight Data Training

 

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council has engaged university assistance to be trained in the understanding and use of Reebie commodity flow data.  The shared cost aspect will be a modest supplement to the NYMTC contract to extend the training to MPO staffs and others in the rest of the state.

 

Budget: $15,000.  The Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC) will administer a consultant contract on behalf of the NYS MPO Association.

 

5          Examination of long-range financing needs for transportation in New York

 

The effort is a joint MPO undertaking through consultant assistance and broad stakeholder and public involvement statewide.  Issues include stable financing for transit (and a critical look at financial requirements of transit elements of MPO plans), local highway infrastructure condition and needs, quality-of-life and economic development projects, state infrastructure needs, and strategic regional and statewide projects.  It could also embrace long-range passenger rail needs and public costs of regional and statewide freight programs.  The effort would not be the primary location for identifying needs and setting plans, but rather would be the effort in which the aggregate costs of these plans are clarified and financing options are examined.  The effort is expected to begin after the current negotiations on a new multi-year state transportation budget are completed.  The product of this effort would provide a basis for discussions with the state legislature, input to subsequent MPO and state plans, and a needs assessment for Congressional development of the NEXT-TEA legislation.

 

Budget: $200,000.  The Genesee Transportation Council will administer a consultant contract on behalf of the NYS MPO Association.

 

6.         Exploration of Factors Influencing Future Travel Behavior

 

Telecommuting, e-commerce and similar shifts in economic practices may have significant changes on the nature, amount and time-of-day of travel demand in New York.  All MPOs struggle with getting a handle on such issues as the likely extent of substitution of electronic communication for personal travel.  A 5% penetration of telecommuting into the workplace or e-commerce into the retail arena can be ignored in system investment policies; in contrast, a 40% penetration would call for radical reconsideration of policies.  At the same time, e-commerce and just-in-time delivery of both manufacturing components and consumer products is generating significant increases in long-distance freight traffic and local delivery traffic.

 

Further, there is a need to examine the likely shift in travel by purpose, vehicle occupancy and time-of-day caused by the expected increase in the average age of the population.  Even short of changes from technological impacts on peak hour travel, it is possible that an older population base in 2030 with a smaller percentage of residents in the work force and greater leisure time will produce more daily trips per capita but fewer peak hour trips per capita than does today's population base.

 

With a continuing heavy influence of design hour traffic forecasts in the design of highway facilities, near-term capital decisions are being made across the state without regard to potential shifts in travel.

 

This initiative would seek to explore these issues through a literature search, use of expert panels and examination of New York state demographic and travel data.  The effort would have a clear focus on the issues specific to New York's metropolitan areas.  That is, the effort will recognize that modestly-growing areas such as those in New York will likely experience a very different impact from changing travel behavior than will fast-growing areas.  Conclusions from the study would be used at the MPO level to refine policies regarding congestion management and highway capacity construction.  NYSDOT could take findings from the study to refine highway design practices.

 

In 2001-02, the NYS MPO Association reached out to the national Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) to seek partners in this project.  Interest of MPOs in other states in entering a pilot pooled fund project on this subject will be gauged before the project is initiated.  Budget:  $100,000.

 

7.         ITS Operations and Management Integration Strategies

 

A new entry in the shared-cost list is a statewide effort to pursue strategies for integrating system operations and management activities into the MPO process.  As transportation system emphasis increasingly moves away from construction of capital solutions to mobility problems and toward operational actions, there is a clear need to integrate the MPO process and operational activities.  An MPO will be identified to host a consultant effort to work with highway and transit operating agencies and MPOs across the state to identify issues, consider alternatives, and recommend promising strategies.  Budget: $150,000.

 

These efforts and the three statewide efforts administered by CDTC (AMPO dues and MPO administration) total approximately $686,000. Of this, $200,000 is FTA funded and the balance funded with PL funds.  At an approximate 5% cost share for statewide efforts, CDTC’s share of these efforts is about $34,000.  In total, $550,000 of FHWA PL funds have been set-aside for shared cost initiatives, even though the current list will not draw on all these funds during 2001-02.

 

The total of all commitments to shared cost initiatives in 2001-02 is shown in the table below.  Projects in italics will be administered by CDTC and are described as CDTC tasks above.

 

 

 

 

Project

 

FY00-01 Budgeted

 

FY 00-01 Expended to date

 

Rollover

 

FY 01-02 Budgeted

 

Total Available for Project

 

1. Staff Support Contract (see Task 1.68)

 

$100,000

 

$50,000

 

$50,000

 

$100,000

 

$150,000

 

2. Integrated Transportation and Community Design (see Task 5.85)

 

$100,000

 

$0

 

$100,000

 

$25,000

 

$125,000

 

3. Statewide Data Collection

 

$150,000

 

$0

 

$150,000

 

$0

 

$150,000

 

4. Freight Data Training

 

$10,000

 

$0

 

$10,000

 

$5,000

 

$15,000

 

5. Statewide Long Term Funding Needs Assessment (2 parts)

 

$200,000

 

$0

 

$200,000

 

$0

 

$200,000

 

6. Travel Factors

 

$100,000

 

$0

 

$100,000

 

$0

 

$100,000

 

7. ITS Integration Strategies

 

$0

 

$0

 

$0

 

$150,000

 

$150,000

 

TOTAL

 

$660,000

 

$50,000

 

$610,000

 

$280,000

 

$890,000