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See their interactive map of all NYS MPOs


New York State MPO's

A coalition of the thirteen MPOs in New York State, working together toward common goals. We are a diverse group of organizations, representing very large, urban areas like New York City as well as small, urban areas like Elmira, and believe that working together on planning and research initiatives can help our organizations provide top notch transportation planning expertise to the public throughout the State.

Adirondack Glens Falls Transportation Council


 Binghamtom Metropolitan Transportation Study



Capital District Transportation Committee

Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council


Genesee Transportation Council

Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council



New York Metropolitan Transportation Council

Orange County Transportation Council

(See note under the PDCTC.)


Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council


The PDCTC shares part of the Census designated Poughkeepsie-Newburgh Urbanized Area with two other MPOs: the Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC) and the Ulster County Transportation Council (UCTC). Originally independent, the combined Poughkeepsie-Newburgh Urbanized Area grew out of the 2000 Census, which identified the area as having an urbanized population of 351,982. Due to its size, the FTA and the FHWA designated the area a Transportation Management Area (TMA); a TMA designation is required when the urbanized population is greater than 200,000. The area is known locally as the Mid-Hudson Valley TMA.


Ulster County Transportation Council

(See note under the PDCTC)



AMPO is a nonprofit, membership organization established in 1994 to serve the needs and interests of "metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs)" nationwide.

Federal & State DOTs






Federal Highway Administration Safety Website

FHWA website dedicated to reducing roadway-related fatalities and injuries by designing a forgiving infrastructure. Highlights include the following.



Federal Transit Administration

FTA Transit-Oriented Development Resources: a new online hub (7/6/16)



A source of information on the United States Department of Transportation.













New York State Department of Transportation

Mission Statement:
It is the mission of the New York State Department of Transportation to ensure our customers -- those who live, work and travel in New York State -- have a safe, efficient, balanced and environmentally sound transportation system



NYSDOT Provides Tools for Communities to Employ in Land-Use Decision Making

New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Astrid C. Glynn announced the availability of a new feature devoted to smart growth on NYSDOT’s Web site, providing tools that can assist municipal transportation and land-use decision makers across the state in planning for the future of their communities.

Local Gov't 


Tompkins County Local Government

Portal to all Tompkins County Government Departments and services.

2012 Local Gov't Directory


Tompkins County Planning Department

Town of Ithaca

Local Transportation 







Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT)

Information on the area's bus service, including schedules

Read the article in Metro Magazine about TCAT!
(also: see vRide below)









Way2Go serves as a hub of transportation information and dialog, to help people take charge of their transportation, individually and in the community.
Transportation looks different for people in different places and situations. Therefore, Way2Go is working on and interested in projects based on where people live, work or gather.
We seek to work with existing networks, leaders and projects to increase transportation access and education in urban, suburban and rural communities.

See the helpful videos about using local transportion!



Your guides to riding a bicycle in Tompkins County and Downtown Ithaca.

ITHACA BIKE RENTAL is open at the Ithaca Youth Bureau.You can ride the trails and see the sights on brand new Fuji and Diamondback bikes.Stop in, check out the bikes and take one for a short test drive.
Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC)

City of Ithaca Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC). The Mayor, with the approval of the Common Council, shall appoint a Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Council to be composed of 11 voting members who are interested in finding cooperative solutions for the problems facing cyclists, pedestrians and people with disabilities.







National Center For Bicycling & Walking

The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) is the major program of the Bicycle Federation of America, Inc. (BFA), a national, nonprofit [501(c)(3)] corporation established in 1977. Our mission is to create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities.


NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide

The purpose of the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide (part of the Cities for Cycling initiative) is to provide cities with state-of-the-practice solutions that can help create complete streets that are safe and enjoyable for bicyclists.


New York Bicycle Coalition

“Improving Bicycling and Pedestrian Safety”

On the NYBC website, go to Action/Safety to view Bike law training videos.




Cayuga Waterfront Trail


The Cayuga Waterfront Trail Initiative (CWTI) is a partnership between the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the City of Ithaca to develop the Cayuga Waterfront Trail.


Ithaca and Tompkins County: Out on the Trails

Greater Ithaca and Tompkins County offers numerous trails for the outdoor activity of your choosing. With breathtaking views and easy access to over 150 waterfalls and gorges. This website has multiple search options to find the trail that suits your needs. 



Building Greenways for Tompkins County:An Action Plan









Building Greenways for Tompkins County: An Action Plan

Prepared by the Tompkins County Greenway Coalition, July 1995.

Greenways are corridors of protected open space managed for conservation and recreational purposes. The Tompkins County Greenway Coalition gathered information, highlighted local resources, facilitated discussions on greenways, encouraged communities to develop connections between sections of existing greenway, and collected ideas for a flexible countywide greenway plan. The report was produced to encourage municipal planners and community organizations to build greenways.

Safety & Sustainability 



A partnership between Yale University police, Security Programs, Transportation Options, and Environmental Health and Safety - along with the City of New Haven's Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking.




Smart Streets Guide to Safety

This is where you will learn how to be a citizen of the street whether you are a pedestrian, a cyclist, a driver, or all three.


New York City-based Streetfilms travels the world producing short films that show how smart urban design, planning and policy build better communities and more sustainable cities.






NYSDOT Provides Tools for Communities to Employ in Land-Use Decision Making


The goal of New York's Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) is to assist New York communities in developing and implementing projects and programs that encourage walking and bicycling to school while enhancing the safety of these trips.

Local and regional government, schools and community non-profit organizations ready, willing and able to implement SRTS initiatives are eligible to apply for funding.


Surface Transportation Policy Project

Surface Transportation Policy Project

The goal of The Surface Transportation Policy Project is to ensure that transportation policy and investments help conserve energy, protect environmental and aesthetic quality, strengthen the economy, promote social equity, and make communities more livable. We emphasize the needs of people, rather than vehicles, in assuring access to jobs, services, and recreational opportunities.

Transportation Safety Planning


I-95 Corridor Coalition Drive Green Tips

The purpose of the I-95 Corridor Coalition’s Eco-Driving Campaign is to educate drivers about easy changes they can make to reduce fuel consumption and wear and tear on their vehicles – simultaneously saving money and reducing environmental impacts.




New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

NYSERDA’s aim is to help New York meet its energy goals: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment.

(See Rideshare/Zimride link below)


Personal Rapid Transit (PRT)

Feasibility of Personal Rapid Transit in Ithaca, N.Y.

A report prepared by: C&S Engineers, Inc. and Connect Ithaca for NYSERDA: NYS Energy Research and Development Authority

Empire State Passengers Association

A volunteer network of people working to improve intercity rail, mass transit and bus service in NYS.

Car Share & Rideshares










Where can I find local information?

Ithaca Car Share

Car Sharing Network

What is Car Sharing?
Car Sharing is a revolution in personal transportation...

Where can I find Car Sharing?
Over 3 dozen cities in North America now have Car Sharing...

How can I learn more?
The Car Sharing Library is a great place to start....


TCAT has contracted with VPSI, Inc.(now called vRide), based in Troy, Mich., to provide the vehicles and administrative support for a community vanpool program.
see TCAT site for more information

Rideshare, Tompkins County

On January 21, 2011 the Tompkins County Rideshare Coalition announced they’ve partnered with Zimride to launch a customized social network for local and regional ridesharing. The Zimride site, located at, is a convenient way to find friends, coworkers or neighbors with whom to share commutes or one-time rides.

Final Report: Tompkins County Rideshare Coalition (Sept. 2013)