COVID-19 / Coronavirus Update
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve and in an abundance of caution for our staff and members of the public, MetroCOG will be working remotely. We would like to assure you that we are receiving calls, responding to emails and are committed to working in a business as usual fashion. Do not hesitate to reach out to staff members during this time.
Census Bureau County Equivalency Status For Connecticut’s Planning Regions Frequently Asked Questions (updated 12/14/2020)
The State of Connecticut has requested, and the U.S. Census Bureau has proposed the addition of Connecticut’s Planning Regions to its list of geographic units that are treated as county equivalents for statistical purposes. This will align Census Bureau tabulations with the nine Planning Regions established and used by the State of Connecticut for the Regional Councils of Governments (COGs). This change is slated to begin in 2023.
Transportation Improvement Program
The Greater Bridgeport and Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (GBVMPO) has developed the draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Greater Bridgeport and Valley planning regions. The TIP lists all proposed highway and transit improvement projects programmed to receive federal financial assistance from the US Department of Transportation – Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration – over the next four federal fiscal years. A thirty (30) day review and comment period has been established, beginning on August 24, 2020 and ending on September 24th, 2020.
The public is welcomed and encouraged to review and comment on the MPO’s draft TIP, as well as the draft STIP. All documents can be viewed by clicking here.
The GBVMPO will hold a virtual public information meeting concerning the draft STIP/TIP and related air quality assessment on Thursday, September 17th at 5:00 PM. Agency and CTDOT staff will be available at 4:30 PM to informally discuss any aspects relating to the draft TIP/STIP and any other transportation issues and concerns. In case of an unforeseen event on the 17th, the rain date will be Monday, September 21st.
The MPO will consider endorsement of the draft TIP and adoption of the Ozone and PM2.5 Air Quality Conformity Statements at a virtual regular meeting to be held on Thursday, September 24th, 2020 at 10 am. The public is invited to attend this virtual MPO meeting and will be afforded an opportunity to comment on the draft TIP and air quality conformity determinations before they are considered by the MPO.
Annual Listing of Obligated Projects
An Annual Listing of Obligated Projects is required by federal regulations after the conclusion of a fiscal year to report on progress in implementing the TIP. Although the TIP indicates planned funding for improvement projects and confers eligibility for federal funding, obligation effectively “locks in” the funding for projects and leads the way to implementation.
Title 23 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part § 450.332 requires that Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) publish, or otherwise make available for public review, an annual listing of projects for which federal funds have been obligated in the preceding year. Title 23 CFR also requires that the listing be consistent with the categories identified in the Transportation Improvement Programs.