About the Plan
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) developed Moving Forward its Federal Fiscal Years 2022-2050 regional transportation plan to cover all modes of surface transportation from a regional perspective including highways, streets, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, goods movement, and special needs transportation. In addition, the Plan addresses key transportation activities such as operations and management of the transportation system, safety, security, and regional finances.
Moving Forward is a federally required planning product that lays out the region’s long-term transportation needs and desires over a minimum 20-year time frame. Updated every four years, the Plan is a blueprint that helps support sustainable growth and guide federal funding for transportation investment in the region. This Plan updates the previous regional transportation plan, Plan 2045 , and covers the 2022-2050 planning period.
As the MPO for New York City, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley, NYMTC serves as a collaborative planning forum for the five boroughs of New York City; Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island; Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester counties in the Lower Hudson Valley; the State of New York; and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to undertake the federally mandated planning process and access federal funding for transportation projects.
The Plan was developed collaboratively with NYMTC member agencies, other stakeholders, and members of public.
Moving Forward is built around NYMTC’s Shared Vision for Regional Mobility.
Public and Community Involvement in the Development of the Plan
NYMTC developed Moving Forward in part through a public involvement effort that engaged various constituencies and key audiences in its planning area. It gathered input from the public, community-based advocacy groups, communities of concern, and other stakeholders, including a Regional Transportation Plan Subcommittee composed of NYMTC planning area agency members. Engagement of communities traditionally underserved, including environmental justice (i.e., minority or low-income) and limited English proficiency populations, was emphasized broadly for outreach efforts associated with Moving Forward .
NYMTC initiated early outreach efforts for Moving Forward by conducting several in person workshops on shared mobility in September, November, and December 2019 and a region-wide workshop session on micromobility in January 2020. In early 2020, NYMTC embarked on additional plan outreach elements when COVID-19 arrived in the United States. NYMTC had charted an outreach plan that included substantial in-person engagement through public workshops, focus groups, and pop- up outreach spanning New York City, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley. When this region emerged as the early locus of the pandemic, and the prospect of conducting outreach with large groups of people face-to-face became untenable, NYMTC pivoted the Moving Forward engagement program to focus on remote and virtual forms of outreach with great care to ensure that diverse and representative input could be obtained. Public workshops were transformed into a series of highly successful interactive virtual workshops. Read Appendix G: Public Involvement Report (Open in a new window)
Equity Considerations in the Development of the Plan
Federal mandates have emphasized the importance of incorporating principles of non-discrimination and justice into all aspects of the transportation planning process. These mandates require that recipients of federal aid, including MPOs, comply with the policies set forth in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Environmental Justice directives that address the disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority and low-income populations. Moving Forward includes an Environmental Justice and Title VI Assessment to ensure compliance with statutes regarding non-discrimination. Read Appendix: D Environmental Justice and Title VI Assessment (Open in a new window)
Environmental Mitigation Considerations in the Development of the Plan
Moving Forward includes an Environmental Mitigation and New Consultation section to ensure compliance with planning requirements for protecting and enhancing the region's natural resources, promoting energy conservation, improving the quality of life, and promoting consistency between transportation improvements and state and local planned growth. NYMTC formalized the consultation process for Moving Forward by directly reaching out to various partner agencies for input on environmental initiatives in the NYMTC region and participating in various public outreach activities. This outreach identified resource and conservation concerns that informed the development of the Plan. Read Appendix E: Environmental Mitigation and New Consultation (Open in a new window)