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)


The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study (BMTS) completed a $150,000 statewide contract to survey the current state of the practice and develop recommendations..  Follow-up refinement and implementation of technology-driven data collection is also scheduled to begin in 2003-04; $100,000 is reserved for this activity.


Budget:  $150,000 (02-03 obligation), $100,000 (03-04).


4.         Examination Of Long-Range Financing Needs For Transportation In New York


The Genesee Transportation Council holds a consultant contract on behalf of the NYS MPO Association.  Project to be completed in 2003-04.


6.         Exploration of Factors Influencing Future Travel Behavior (carryover)


In 2002-03, the NYS MPO Association secured the commitment from FHWA to add $100,000 to NYS MPO's $100,000 to allow this task to proceed.  An outline for an approach involving commissioned papers, retreat, web-based discussion, and final report has been prepared.  It is hoped that the effort can be carried out in 2003-04.


7.         ITS Operations and Management Integration Strategies (carryover)


This reflects 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. 


Current discussions are focusing on linking this work to current NYSDOT statewide planning work on ITS strategies.  A scope for the shared-cost project will be developed in collaboration with NYSDOT.  Budget: $150,000.


8.         GIS  Training and Software (carryover)


MPOs across the state are increasing their use and dependence upon GIS tools rapidly.  This task reserves resources, as necessary, to ensure that all MPOs have adequate access to software and training in GIS tools.  The budget for this is $125,000; the lead is the Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council.


9.         Other Training for MPO Staffs (carryover)


NYS MPO will team with NYSDOT's Training Bureau to jointly fund the development of training in strategic decision making, and the presentation of four to five workshops across the state. The NYS MPO share of the budget for this is $50,000.