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

May 18, 2021, 3:00 - 4:45 p.m.
It's Bike Month!

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.


Jen Ceponis, CDTC Staff

Sandy Misiewicz, CDTC Staff

Andy Beers, Empire State Trail

James Rath, City of Troy


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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Webinar Archive

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

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

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