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.
Why do we have a Transportation Plan?
As the MPO for the Capital Region, CDTC is required to maintain an MTP to be eligible to receive federal transportation funding to improve, maintain, and operate highways, public transit, trails and bike paths, sidewalks, and related facilities. The MTP is updated every five years and Transportation projects must be consistent with the New Visions principles to be eligible to receive federal funding.
Planning the Capital Region’s transportation system for the year 2050 and beyond presents vast opportunities and real challenges. How will our region grow and evolve? What type of transportation system will best meet the future needs of our residents and visitors? How do we maintain a high quality of life while expanding access to transportation choices and creating new economic opportunities? Will new technologies present opportunities, create challenges, or “disrupt” the transportation system? What kinds of projects will we be able to afford?
Investing in Our Future
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a set of transportation investments that reflect the New Visions principles and policy themes. It is the region's means of allocating important, limited resources to transportation projects and programs.
What transportation investments would you make?
New Visions Learning Series
New Visions 2050 Training for Local Governments
CDTC is scheduling New Visions 2050 virtual training presentations for Town Boards, City Councils, Zoning and/or Planning Boards. Training will provide an overview to local governments on how they can play a role in implementing New Visions and creating the next generation transportation system.
September 22, Smart Communities: Leveraging Technology to Modernize the Region's Transportation System
The New Visions Learning Series includes webinars geared towards local government planners, engineers, and other transportation professionals. Register for an upcoming webinar:
September 22, 3:30 - 4:45 PM
Smart Communities: Leveraging Technology to Modernize the Region's Transportation System
This webinar will feature a presentation of the Municipal Smart LED Streetlight Conversion & Evolving Technology Guidebook and the Zero Emission Vehicle Plan.
Leni Schwendinger, Leader, International Nighttime Design Initiative
Katherine Ember, AICP, Founding Principal, Planning 4 Places
Christina Carton, Admin of Parks, Open Lands, Historic Preservation & Sustainability, Saratoga Springs
Jacob Beeman, Transportation Planner, Capital District Transportaiton Committee | Coorrdinator, Capital District Clean Communities
AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity [or many activities at this event]. When CM credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. 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.
October 20, Pedestrian Safety
Feature presentations and panelists TBD
New Visions 2050
The Draft New Visions 2050 Plan was approved to be released for public comment in early March 2020. Shortly after, New York State on Pause was implemented in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. This unexpected event resulted in a shift to a mainly online public outreach strategy. All scheduled in-person meetings and events were canceled and CDTC staff developed a number of web-based tools and strategies to collect public feedback. These changes are described in the documents below.
Meeting-in-a-Box (MIAB) was developed to provide an opportunity for individuals to host their own meetings. Below are all the materials made available:
Bicycle & Pedestrian Action Plan
Environment & Technology
Long Range Plan Archive
New Visions 2040
New Visions 2035
New Visions 2030
What does New Visions say about...
New Visions 2025
New Visions 2021
Planning & Investment Principles
|1||Invest in a Quality Region|
|2||Support economic development|
|3||Make investments regionally equitable|
|4||Preserve and manage the transportation system|
|5||Maintain travel reliability|
|6||Invest in safety|
|7||Invest in security|
|8||Invest in Complete Streets|
|9||Encourage bicycle and pedestrian travel|
|10||Move freight efficiently|
|11||Invest in transit|
|12||Provide essential mobility for all|
|13||Prioritize affordable and convenient travel options|
|14||Preserve the environment|