What is New Visions?

New Visions is the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) for the Capital Region. The MTP is also known as the long-range regional transportation plan (LRTP). New Visions a blueprint for regional transportation that reflects a shared vision for the future. It is developed collaboratively with communities throughout the Capital Region and with other local, state, and federal agencies. This plan is a statement of principles, strategies, and budgetary emphasis to guide more detailed project decisions as the region invests in a next-generation transportation system. CDTC’s approach to transportation planning is comprehensive and holistic – a structured balance between actions that reduce congestion and improve safety, increase access to transportation choices like transit, walking, or bicycling, and benefit economic development efforts. 

Virtual Training & Learning Opportunities

The New Visions Learning Series includes local government training and webinars geared towards planners, engineers, and other transportation professionals. Webinars are scheduled for the third Tuesday afternoon of every month. These webinars are virtual and you must register in advance (see the schedule below). Is there a topic or issue you think CDTC should cover in the webinar series? Let us know by emailing newvisions@cdtcmpo.org

Click the image above to download the New Visions 2050 Executive Summary

Upcoming Webinars

New Visions Virtual Learning Series  

Each month will feature a different topic in New Visions and provide local planners, engineers, and officials will tools and resources for integrating the New Visions 2050 Principles and best practices into their local plans and projects. Please register in advance.   

Tuesday, January 18 at 3:30 p.m. - Working with CDTA: Transit Stops, Site Design & Universal Acess


Brent Irving, Senior Planner at Capital District Transportation Authority 

Steven Strichman, Director of Planning & Economic Development at the City of Troy 

Jonathan Scherzer, Director of Marketing at Capital District Transportation Authority 

Tuesday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m. - Air Quality & Transportation Planning / Modeling 

Tuesday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m. - The Climate Crisis & How to Plan for a Resilient Transportation System 

Tuesday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m. - What Can Your Regional Planning Agency do for You?  

Is there a topic you would like to see covered in a webinar? Email us at newvisions@cdtcmpo.org

AICP Certification Maintenance

AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at www.planning.org/cm.

AICP members must be in attendance for the duration of the event in order to receive CM Credit.

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  APA and AICP Certification Maintenance Logo CM One


NYS Department of State Training Requirements for Planning and Zoning Boards

Local planning boards, zoning boards, and county planning boards are required to receive a minimum of 4 hours of training. A well-trained board makes better, more defensible decisions more efficiently. Local governing boards determine how their local officials may obtain the training. 

New Visions 2050 identifies planning and zoning boards as implementers of the New Visions 2050 Plan and the Virtual Learning Series is an opportunity for these entities to better understand the topics and strategies proposed in the plan, as well as what resources and tools are available to assist local governments. 

Local governments can approve a New Visions webinar to meet NYS training requirements by contacting the NYS Department of State. For more information visit their website or contact them.  

Contact NYSDOS by phone: (518) 473-3355

Contact NYSDOS by email: localgov@dos.ny.gov  

Webinar Archive

Transportation Improvement Program 
Generic Environmental Impact Statements (GEIS) as a transportation planning tool

This webinar defines & discusses the Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) and how it can be used to address the elusive land use - transportation planning balance. Hear about how CDTC assists local communities in managing GEIS & how the Town of East Greenbush implemented & manages its GEIS.

Jen Ceponis, CDTC staff
Jacob Beeman, CDTC Staff
Adam Yagelski, Town of East Greenbush Director of Planning & Zoning 
Transportation & Economic Development

This webinar took place on Tuesday, September 21 features presentations from local economic development specialists. They cover what employers are looking for in a city or region, how to make the Capital Region more attractive to both skilled workers and new business, the vital role of public transit in creating connections between communities and jobs, and the role that transportation facilities, like the Port of Albany, play as a catalyst for economic development in the City of Albany and Greater Capital Region. Runtime: 1:12:33


Katie Newcombe, Chief Economic Development Officer at the Center for Economic Growth

Jayme Lahut, Executive Director at Schenectady Metroplex and CDTA Board of Directors

Megan Daly, Chief Commerce Officer at the Port of Albany

Transportation Improvement Program 
What's the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) & how does it work? 
This webinar is presented by NYSDOT and CDTC staff and provides an overview of the Federal Aid process, the TIP programming procedures at CDTC, and what to expect after your project has made it to the TIP. Runtime: 1:03:33
Jen Ceponis, CDTC staff
Jacob Beeman, CDTC Staff
Bob Rice, NYSDOT
Greg Wichser, NYSDOT 
Obstacles to Implementing Complete Streets

This webinar, which took place on Tuesday, June 15th, explores the common issues communities are facing implementing Complete Streets in the Capital region? Why are retrofits so difficult? And what are the costs? The consultant team responds to the arguments and excuses commonly used to derail Complete Streets plans and projects. Runtime: 1:12:40 


CDTC Staff: Jen Ceponis & Carrie Ward

Planning 4 Places: Jim Levy & Katherine Ember

Sam Schwartz Engineering: Mike Flynn 

Complete Streets Demonstration Projects

This webinar, which took place on Tuesday, July 13th, features examples of demonstration and pilot projects from across the region and beyond. These types of projects are a public outreach and engagement strategy that create tangible roadway changes that the public can interact with on a short-term basis. The webinar will help you understand what you can do and how, in terms of implementing a demonstration project in your community? And how effective demonstration and pilot projects are in creating long-term and permanent changes? Runtime: 1:22:59 


CDTC Staff: Carrie Ward, & Chris Bauer 

Planning 4 Places: Jim Levy & Katherine Ember

Sam Schwartz Engineering: Mike Flynn & Lian Farhi

Open Streets

This webinar, which took place on Tuesday, August 17th, features examples of open streets projects from across the region and beyond. Open Streets can be implemented to encourage recreation and exercise, expand business and dining opportunities, and provide additional space for active transportation and socializing. They became popular during the summer of 2020 as businesses and cities worked together to find ways to keep people safe and healthy. The webinar will help you understand what are Open streets and why are cities and towns around New York and across the country doing them? Will they work in your community? Why are changes to streets and the built environment created by COVID and social distancing guidelines, likely here to stay? Runtime: 1:20:30  


CDTC Staff: Jen Ceponis & Carrie Ward 

Planning 4 Places:  Katherine Ember

Sam Schwartz Engineering: Mike Flynn & Lian Farhi

Performance Measures: A Regional, Sate & Federal Approach

What are Performance Measures and what does New Visions 2050 say about them? What is CDTC doing to meet statewide performance measures and goals? How do these relate to the TIP evaluation process? CDTC and Federal Highway Administration staff will provide an overview of performance measures, some background on why they were implemented and their anticipated benefits.  Runtime: 1:08:06


Jacob Beeman, CDTC Staff
Gautam Mani, FHWA 

Moving Toward Zero: Approaches to Improving Safety

The safety of the region’s transportation system is CDTC’s top priority in the New Visions 2050 plan. Learn how CDTC, New York State and local governments are developing and implementing safety plans and programs to move the region toward zero deaths.Runtime: 1:18:49


Sandy Misiewicz, Principal Transportation Planner, CDTC
Mark Pyskadlo, Regional Traffic Engineer, NYSDOT Region 1

It's Bike Month! A Look at Bike Planing at the State, Regional, & Local Level

Bikes are a viable form of transportation. As interest in bicycling for transportation has grown and new mobility services, like bike share, have expanded access to bicycling, how has the Capital Region kept up with the demand for safe bicycling facilities? This webinar will focus on the Capital Region’s plan to create a seamless network of multi-use trails, how communities are creating connections to the regional network, and ongoing initiatives to improve bicycle safety. Runtime: 1:16:22


Jen Ceponis, CDTC Staff
Sandy Misiewicz, CDTC Staff
Andy Beers, Empire State Trail
James Rath, City of Troy

Aging & Mobility: How can a transportation system adapt for a population of aging adults? 

Providing accessibile, affordable & efficient mobility for all is a major theme and priority in the New Visions 2050 Plan. The Capital Region's transportation system must be able to adapt to meet the changing needs of residents. Original webinar date: February 16, 2021. Runtime: 50:06

Mobility: Providing Affordable Transportation Choices in the Capital Region

What do we mean by "mobility?" How do we shift more trips away from cars and give people more transportation choices? This webinar features an overview of the major policies & principles from the New Visions 2050 Plan on emerging mobility services and how to integrate them into the Capital Region's transportation system.  Learn how local communities can play a role in expanding mobility to all residents and accomodating new mobility services like bike sharing and microtransit. Original webinar date: January 19, 2021. Runtime: 53:30

Freight & the Impact of the Growth in E-Commerce

Learn about freight planning iniatives in the Capital Region and how e-commerce trends are impacting freight movement and the transportatoin system. How does the New Visions 2050 Plan help communities prepare and adapt as e-commerce grows and freight operators look for new, more efficient and sustainable ways to move goods in, out, and through communities. Original webinar date: December 15, 2020. Runtime: 1:01:50


Learn about infrastructure conditions in the Capital Region, where to find essential data and CDTC's ongoing data collection and maintenance activities. The highest priority and stated principle in the New Visions 2050 Plan is maintaining existing infrastructure. Find out how your local government or organization can play a role in preserving the region's network of roads, bridges, sidewalks, and other vital facilities. Original webinar date: November 17, 2020. Runtime: 1:09:15

Pedestrian Safety in the Capital Region - Creating Safe Systems 

What does New Visions 2050 say about pedestrian safety? Learn about the regional principles, CDTC's Regional Local Road Safety Action Plan and what role local communities and transportation agencies can play to make streets safer for walking and crossing. Resources that can help Capital Region cities, towns, and villages, develop and implement their own walkability and safety plans are also discussed. Original webinar date: October 20, 2020. Runtime: 1:09:10

Smart Communities - Leveraging Technology to Modernize the Region's Transportation System

Learn about the Municipal Smart LED Streetlight Conversion & Evolving Technology Guidebook and the Zero Emission Vehicle Plan. Original webinar date: September 22, 2020. Runtime: 1:15:21