Draft New Visions 2050 Plan is Released for Public Comment

The Region’s Draft Long Range Transportation Plan is available for review and open to public comment.

ALBANY, NY March 5, 2020 – The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) has released the Draft New Visions 2050 Plan for public comment. The Plan was approved by the Policy Board on Thursday, March 5. New Visions 2050 is a 30-year plan that outlines investment principles, planning strategies, and budget priorities that will guide the region towards developing a safe, resilient, accessible, technologically-advanced, and equitable transportation network.  The Plan consists of multiple components, including a system performance report, public participation plan, 11 technical area papers, and a financial plan.

“Planning the Capital Region’s transportation system for the year 2050 presents vast opportunities and real challenges. How will our region grow and evolve? What type of transportation system will best meet the future needs of our residents and visitors? How do we maintain a high quality of life while expanding access to transportation choices and creating new economic opportunities? Will new technologies present opportunities, create challenges, or disrupt the transportation system? And what kinds of project will we be able to afford? These are all questions explored in the New Visions 2050 Plan and we look forward to hearing feedback from the public,” said Michael V. Franchini, Executive Director.

CDTC’s public participation goal is to establish a thorough inclusive process that uses creative approaches to offer the public continuous opportunities to shape the New Visions 2050 Plan. Public involvement will take place over two 60-day phases: Phase 1) Draft Plan (March 5 – April 30) and Phase 2) Final Draft Plan (June 5 – July 31). CDTC staff has designed various methods for the public to engage in New Visions 2050. Residents, businesses, and other stakeholders of the Capital Region who are interested in participating in the transportation planning process can complete an online survey or host their own community meeting by requesting a “meeting-in-a-box” by visiting www.cdtcmpo.org/nv2050. Those without digital access or who prefer information in paper form can request copies of New Visions materials by calling the number below. Invite CDTC staff to attend your event or present to your group by emailing newvisions@cdtcmpo.org.

For more information about this important regional project, please visit our website at www.cdtcmpo.org/nv2050. If you have questions or comments, you can also email us at newvisions@cdtcmpo.org.

CDTC is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, its metropolitan transportation planning process on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or economic status, as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations. You may request additional information by contacting CDTC at 1 Park Place, Colonie, New York 12205; ej@cdtcmpo.org; or 518-458-2161.