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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.

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Adirondack Glens Falls Transportation Council


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 Binghamtom Metropolitan Transportation Study


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Capital District Transportation Committee

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Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council

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Genesee Transportation Council

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Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council



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New York Metropolitan Transportation Council

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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.

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Ulster County Transportation Council

(See note under the PDCTC)

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

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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)

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

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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.

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Tompkins County Local Government

Portal to all Tompkins County Government Departments and services.

Directory of Elected Officials

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Tompkins County Planning Department

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Town of Ithaca

blue arrow pointing rightLocal Transportation 


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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)

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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 transportation!

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

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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.

Lime Bike 




The City of Ithaca, with the support of Bike Walk Tompkins, has invited Lime, a private bikeshare operator, to set up Ithaca's community-wide bikeshare system with 250+ easy-to-borrow bikes. The bikes can be borrowed 24/7 by downloading the free Lime app on your smartphone (Android or iOS). Lime-E pedal-assist electric bikes are $1 to unlock plus 15¢ per minute, while pedal bikes are $1 per 30 minutes. A discounted plan is available for income-eligible individuals. Electric Lime-S scooters are not currently available in Ithaca.

Lime Access is available for people without smartphones, bank cards, or people who live in a low income household;activation of Lime Access may take up to 2 business days. Users can text-to-unlock bikes, pay in cash, and receive 100 rides of up to 30 mins for $5. 



Know Your Pedestrian and Bicycle Laws

Whether we're walking, bicycling, or driving, we must share the roads, sidewalks, and trails with others. 


National Center for Bicycling and Walking






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.

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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, educate yourself on bike laws:   Bike laws.

View 5 new public service announcement videos on sharing the road, rules of the road, lane positioning, bike lanes, and signaling: videos. For close captioning, click on the CC at the bottom of the screen while the video plays.

blue arrow pointing rightTrails 

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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. 

When completed, this network will form more than 120 miles of continuously connected trail in Tompkins County, with 51 miles on connected multi-use paths and 69 miles on the pedestrian-only Finger Lakes Trail.

This paper outlines priority actions related to the development of five key trails that will provide the basis of a network.  The five trails are: (A) the northern and middle sections of the Black Diamond Trail, (B) the Ithaca-Dryden Trail from the East Hill Recreation Way to Varna, (C) the extension of the South Hill Recreation Way to Brooktondale, (D) the Cayuga Waterfront Trail, Gateway Trail, and additional Urban Connectors, and (E) the Finger Lakes Trail.  

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.

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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.

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Know Your Pedestrian and Bicycle Laws

Whether we're walking, bicycling, or driving, we must share the roads, sidewalks, and trails with others. 

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

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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.


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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

Transportation Safety Planning


I-95 Corridor Coalition

Eco-Driving: Drive Green, Save Green


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.





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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

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Empire State Passengers Association

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

blue arrow pointing rightCar Share & Rideshares


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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....



Rideshare, Zimride/Tompkins

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)