Tuesday, February27th, Long Island Streets attended the Annual Mtg of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) w/Keynote Kathryn Wylde (CEO, Partnership for NYC) talking Transit, Traffic and Taxes.
Bullet points: industry grown 22% but not transportation, funding sources for the state via an increased gas tax, phased in congestion pricing, Fix NYC Commission, private-public partnerships (P3's), value-capture mechanisms, and design-build initiative (a process that allows state authorities to seek combined design and construction bids for infrastructure projects from a single entity, saving billions of dollars and valuable time).
Outgoing Co-Chair MaryEllen Odell (Putnam County Exec) stressed funding is a priority issue but safety should always first. (I super appreciated the nod to transportation-safety). She also brought up millenial mobility (cheap, quick, hassle-free [hinting less autocentric]).
The Co-Chair is a rotating position shared with the Council's Permanent Co-Chair, the NYS DOT Commissioner, which is currently Paul Karas. It was interesting to hear Karas take a moment to express pride in more sustainable priorities with walkability and bikeable projects in the state. Voted in as new Council Co-Chair was Nassau County Executive Laura Curran who is a newcomer to NYMTC, replacing Mangano who was more of a seat warmer than a participant, one might say.
Word of the day was congestion. That's great but other than -pricing, not much else was dug into about it (to be fair, this was the Council mtg, not MAP forum) until Brooklyn Advocate for saner streets Joanna Oltman Smith spoke during the always enjoyable 3-minute Public Participation segment. Crosswalks, protected bike lanes, e-bikes for transportation, reducing vehicles, autonomous vehicles and technology- aren't these all part of regional transportation planning for the future, and if so where's the conversation as todays Annual Mtg was themed "Coming Together To Shape The Region's Future." - Allison Blanchette, Exec Director LIS
ABOUT NYMTC: The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) is a regional council of governments that is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley. The primary actions of NYMTC's Council Members include developing a shared vision and goals for the region, and adopting the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Transportation Conformity Determination, Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), Regional Transportation Plan (Plan) and Congestion Management Process Status Report, which are federally-required products of the planning process.
NYMTC's Council: Paul A. Karas (Co-Chair) Commissioner of NYS DOT; MaryEllen Odell Putnam County Executive; Polly Trottenberg Commissioner NYC DOT; Marisa Lago Director New York City Department of City Planning; Joseph J. Lhota Chairman MTA; Laura Curran (Co-Chair) Nassau County Executive; Ed Day Rockland County Executive; Steve Bellone Suffolk County Executive; George Latimer Westchester County Executive