We Need Your Input!
June 29th Virtual Town Hall
Welcome to the Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study’s Long-Range Transportation Plan.
BMTS is your regional transportation planning agency, covering the Binghamton metropolitan area in Broome and Tioga Counties. To learn more about BMTS, visit www.bmtsonline.com.
As explained in the BMTS website, metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) were created by Congress in the 1960s to fulfill an important role in planning for the transportation needs of the nation’s metropolitan areas. Over time, Federal law has added numerous requirements for MPOs to accomplish. Early on, Congress said that MPOs must adopt a long-range transportation plan that followed a “3C” planning process – it must be a Cooperative process involving interested parties, it must take a Comprehensive view of the transportation needs of the region, and it must be a Continuing process that is periodically updated to reflect changing needs. Without having such a plan in place, BMTS would not be able to use funds from programs of the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration for transportation projects. (Interested in Federal policy? Check out the Code of Federal Regulations at https://gov.ecr.io Title 23 Part 450.300 for the rules affecting metropolitan planning.)
What is a Long-Range Transportation Plan?
Transportation is a service that supports nearly every part of our lives. It is important to look out into the future to do our best at providing a transportation system that will continue to meet the travel needs of everyone in the region: residents, businesses, and visitors. Planning helps us anticipate future needs and decide how best to invest in meeting them.
BMTS’s Long-range Plan will reflect the region’s shared values from various stakeholders, including the general public, local elected officials, planners, engineers, the business community, and interest groups. It will serve as a guide for the investment of future transportation funds. Your input will guide how we should spend these funds.
We are committed to conducting the most extensive public participation and outreach we have ever done for a long-range plan. We will be reaching out to the community at different intervals while we develop the plan (refer to our Timeline page to see which steps in the LRTP process rely on public input and feedback). You can also check out the comments we received from our outreach events on our Public Input page.