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About Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council (ITCTC)


The ITCTC is your Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)photograph of 121 East Court Street building

Fernando de Aragón, Executive Director

Our office is located at:
121 East Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

(1st Floor of the Old Courthouse building; public entrance faces DeWitt Park).

We are open Monday - Friday,
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our office is closed)
Closed Holidays: 

The Old Courthouse building is handicap accessible through the south doors facing DeWitt Park. There is no weekday parking lot for visitors until after 4:30 p.m., at which time there is free parking in the county lot to the east (left) of the building; parking on a weekday before 4:30 p.m. is on the street and metered.

How to find us:

We can be reached by:
phone at (607) 274-5570 or e-mail

Committee meetings are held once a month, usually on the third Tuesday, and are always open to the public.
Meetings may be cancelled due to a lack of agenda items. Always check out the Meetings page; cancellations and agendas are posted.


Who we are

Unified Operations Plan, May 2015the establishment of the ITCTC as well as the bylaws, policies, and procedures.

The Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council (ITCTC) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Tompkins County. The ITCTC is charged with facilitating county-wide transportation planning and is responsible for:

The ITCTC is responsible for preparing and updating the



Fernando de Aragón, Executive Director
Teresa L. Linde, Administrative Assistant
Tom Mank, Planning Analyst
Jay Lambrix, Transportation Analyst


MPO Structure

The ITCTC is structured at three levels: 

  • Transportation Policy Committee
  • Transportation Planning Committee
  • Central Staff

View a list of our Policy and Planning Committee members.

Transportation Policy Committee - the final MPO decision-making authority , composed of the primary elected official from each urbanized area member government (or such alternates as they may designate to serve as members in their stead) and a representative of the New York State Department of Transportation (which represents the Governor).


  • Chair, Tompkins County Legislature
  • Mayor, City of Ithaca
  • Supervisor, Town of Ithaca
  • Supervisor, Town of Dryden
  • Mayor, Village of Lansing
  • Mayor, Village of Cayuga Heights
  • Regional Director, New York State Department of Transportation
  • Cornell University
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
  • TCAT, Board Chair
  • One representative from each of the following groupings, selected jointly on a biennial and rotating basis: 1) Towns of Ulysses, Enfield, and Newfield; 2) Towns of Danby and Caroline; 3) Towns of Lansing and Groton.

Transportation Planning Committee - responsible for coordinating and managing the area's transportation planning activities and providing technical advice to the Policy Committee. The Planning Committee is composed primarily of lead technical staff members from the member entities and local transit operators. All members are voting members except for the FHWA and FTA.


  • Tompkins County
  • Cornell University
  • TCAT
  • City of Ithaca
  • Village of Cayuga Heights
  • Village of Lansing
  • Town of Caroline
  • Town of Danby
  • Town of Dryden
  • Town of Enfield
  • Town of Groton
  • Town of Ithaca
  • Town of Lansing
  • Town of Newfield
  • Town of Ulysses
  • FHWA
  • FTA

Support Staff - responsible for performing the administrative and technical services necessary to operate the MPO.

  • Executive Director
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Transportation Analyst
  • Planning Analyst
  • Project Assistant (intern), temporary position on an as-needed basis


Committee meetings are held eleven months out of the year (Feb. - Dec.) and are open to the public.
Meetings may be cancelled due to a lack of agenda items. Always check out the "Meetings" page; cancellations and agendas are posted.


Congress states the mission of an MPO as follows:

"It is in the national interest to encourage and promote the development of transportation systems embracing various modes of transportation in a manner which will efficiently maximize mobility of people and goods within and through urbanized areas and minimize transportation-related fuel consumption and air pollution. To accomplish this objective, metropolitan planning organizations, in cooperation with the State, shall develop transportation plans and programs for urbanized areas of the State. Such plans and programs shall provide for the development of transportation facilities (including pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities) which will function as an inter modal transportation system for the State, the metropolitan areas, and the Nation. THe process for developing such plans and programs shall provide for consideration of all modes of transportation and shall be continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive to the degree appropriate, based on the complexity of the transportation problems."

Partial Map of Downtown Ithaca, with ITCTC location in red: