Genesee Transportation Council

50 West Main Street, Suite 8112, Rochester NY 14614
585 232 6240

A safe, efficient, reliable transportation system isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity. Our highways, bridges, public transportation system, sidewalks, and trails move people to work, kids to school, older adults to medical appointments, and products to businesses.

Federal law requires every metropolitan area with a population of over 50,000 to have a designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to qualify for the receipt of federal highway and transit funds. GTC is the designated MPO responsible for transportation policy, planning, and investment decision making in the nine-county Genesee-Finger Lakes Region and the Rochester metropolitan area. The nine-county region includes the counties of Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.

The mission of GTC is to maximize the contribution of the transportation network to the social and economic vitality of the region.

GTC must, at a minimum produce and maintain three major transportation planning documents to continue to receive federal transportation funding:

Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

The LRTP must address no less than a 20-year horizon and lead to an integrated multimodal surface transportation system, giving priority to those elements that serve regional, statewide, and national goals. Beyond infrastructure preservation and maintenance, the LRTP must explicitly consider transportation system management and operations capabilities. The LRTP must be fiscally constrained in that system-level estimates of the costs of the recommendations contained in it cannot exceed reasonably expected revenues. The LRTP must be updated no less than every four years.

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

The UPWP allocates federal transportation planning funds for activities conducted by GTC, its member agencies, and other local municipalities to fulfill federal metropolitan planning requirements. Projects included in the UPWP advance the recommendations of the LRTP into more specific and defined plans and programs.

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The TIP is a four-year, fiscally-constrained capital improvement program that lists all federally funded highway, bridge, transit, intelligent transportation system, bicycle, and pedestrian transportation improvements in the region. Projects included in the TIP implement the recommendations of the LRTP.

The current multi-year federal transportation authorization bill – Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) – was enacted on July 6, 2012. The new authorization bill establishes, for the first time, performance-based planning and programming to increase accountability and transparency. All GTC activities are responsive to mandates and guidelines including, but not limited to, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and environmental justice considerations.

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