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GTC Shares $750,000 with Local Partners to Support Transportation Planning in Rochester Area

Made Possible Through 2022-23 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

March 22, 2022 - The Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) is pleased to announce it will share roughly $750,000 of federal transportation planning funds with its member agencies and municipal partners to develop local plans and studies advancing regional transportation priorities, goals and visions set forth in the Long Range Plan 2045.

Specifically, these funds are made available through GTC’s annual operating plan and budget, known as Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) that was recently adopted. It details activities and financial plans for federal funding that will be invested in local transportation planning activities and ongoing programmatic activities during the next fiscal year.

Answering GTC’s Call for Project Partnerships last fall, eligible sponsors submitted applications seeking funds to undertake transportation plans and studies. GTC rated each application against federal legislation and planning requirements plus local and regional planning priorities cited in GTC’s Long Range Transportation Plan 2045, along with expected revenues.

The approved 2022-23 UPWP includes about $750,000 for new projects. Ten new projects are highlighted below but GTC is maintaining its commitment to projects already underway. Additionally, the UPWP includes funds to respond to any planning requirements resulting from the rulemaking process for new programs under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. See the full UPWP and complete list of planning projects in the Documents section above. 

New project highlights for the 2022-2023 fiscal year include:

  • The Last Mile (or Less): Site Plan Review for Multimodal Transportation

$45,000 for Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council to develop an online guide and training materials for municipalities in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region to better consider multimodal trips when reviewing site plan applications. Providing the last steps/connections for bicyclists and pedestrians to destinations promotes a stronger link between transportation and land use decision making. Learn more: Task 5362 on Page 51.

  • City of Rochester Downtown Sign Assessment

$40,000 for New York State Department of Transportation to work with the City of Rochester and Monroe County to assess the traffic signs on expressways and major roads throughout and surrounding the City of Rochester’s downtown core to support wayfinding and tourism. A complete inventory of existing signs in need of updating or replacing, compared to current traffic conditions and needs, including freight hauling, will inform draft recommendations and an implementation plan. Learn more: Task 6216 on Page 62.

  • Wyoming County High Accident Location Program

$56,000 for Wyoming County to identify locations in need of safety enhancements by analyzing traffic crash data and traffic counts on all Wyoming County-owned roads and intersections to inform improvements and connectivity for all road users. Learn more: Task 6234 on Page 64.

  • Canal Ponds Business Park Connectivity Study

$50,000 for the Town of Greece to work with the Town of Gates in Monroe County and develop a connectivity plan for the Canal Ponds Business Park, with special consideration given to the Business Park’s connection with Lexington Avenue to support economic growth. There will be specific opportunities for the general public to provide input on this study. Learn more: Task 6632 on Page 67.

  • Arcade Multi-Use Trail Feasibility Study

$58,000 for the Village of Arcade in Wyoming County to develop a plan for a multi-use trail system to support active transportation as a viable mode of transportation and to support tourism and public health. Learn more: Task 6550 on Page 66.

  • Lakeville Corridor Strategic Plan

$76,500 for Livingston County to develop a streetscape/design plan focusing on access management, stormwater mitigation, and active transportation improvements on the Route 20A corridor from West Lake Road to East Lake Road in the Town of Livonia to support resiliency, safety, and connections. There will be specific opportunities for the general public to provide input on this study. Learn more: Task 7578 on Page 76.

  • Rural On Demand Transit Study

$100,000 for RGRTA to study the feasibility of operating an on-demand public transit service fulfilling a vital transportation need in Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, and Wyoming counties. Learn more: Task 8544 on Page 88.

  • Village of Warsaw Active Transportation Plan

$70,000 for the Village of Warsaw in Wyoming County to develop an Active Transportation Plan to promote walking and bicycling as a viable form of transportation. There will be specific opportunities for the general public to provide input on this study. Learn more: Task 8752 on Page 94.  

  • Genesee-Finger Lakes Regional Freight Plan Update

$165,000 for Genesee Transportation Council toTransportation Strategies for Freight and Goods Movement in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region (Regional Goods Movement Strategy) by assessing existing needs, developing recommendations, alternatives and an implementation strategy incorporating input from freight stakeholders in the private sector. Learn more: Task 8611 on Page 92.

  • 2024 Eclipse Planning

$9,800 for Genesee Transportation Council staff to ensure transportation and other public safety agencies are prepared to safely operate and maintain the transportation system leading up to, during, and in the days following the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024. GTC will provide technical support related to transportation management, special event and emergency response planning needs related to the 2024 Solar Eclipse events. GTC will participate in opportunities to conduct public outreach and education to convey potential traffic impacts. Learn more: Task 6420 on Page 65.

Contact Jody Binnix at GTC to discuss the next steps to pursue your transportation planning needs. Learn more about GTC at www.gtcmpo.org.

 

GTC Board Adopts 2022-2023 UPWP

 

The Unified Planning Work Program, or UPWP, is the program of federally-funded transportation planning activities to be undertaken by GTC staff, its member agencies, and other jurisdictions in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region. The Fiscal Year 2022-2023 UPWP will support planning activities for the period beginning April 1, 2022 and ending March 31, 2023. Projects included in the current UPWP that are not complete as of March 31, 2022 will be rolled over into the FY 2022-2023 UPWP. The UPWP Development Committee evaluated and recommended a program of projects that will provide for significant transportation planning activities.

A full draft was presented to the GTC Planning Committee for consideration and approval for a 30-day public review. The public review period was conducted from January 10th  through February 8th. The UPWP public review was conducted using the PublicInput.com platform. Comments received from individuals and organizations were compiled and given to the PC Committee. The draft UPWP was also provided to NYSDOT Main Office, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Federal Transit Administration for review and concurrence that it satisfied the requirements of the Metropolitan Planning Rule. GTC compiled and responded to all comments. GTC edited the UPWP for additional clarification regarding our intentions based on the comments from our federal partners. These edits did not create any substantial changes to the draft UPWP program as presented.

The GTC Board adopted the UPWP at its meeting on February 24, 2022.  It goes into effect April 1, 2022.  The final document is available in the Documents section of this page as well as on the GTC webpage.