An opportunity to turn data and public input into a 25-year vision for transportation in the NVCOG Region.
The Metropolitan Transportation Plan
The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) identifies transportation deficiencies, recommends improvements, and advances priority transportation projects, in cooperation with CTDOT, municipal officials, and other organizations and interested citizens.
The MTP must consider all forms and modes of transportation and offer travelers a full range of choices. The plan focuses on:
- Highway network
- Public transit systems
- Freight infrastructure
- Specialized transportation services for the elderly and persons with disabilities
- Pedestrian facilities
- Bicycling facilities
Sustainability and Air Quality
Sustainability and livability are key concepts in the plan. These concepts promote transportation infrastructure that creates livable and walkable communities and enhances transportation performance while protecting the environment. The plan provides a long term vision for the transportation networks and systems of the Naugatuck Valley metropolitan planning area.
The MTP must also demonstrate that the projects and program support the attainment of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and conform to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for air quality. The CTDOT performs the air quality analysis of the MTP. The analyses demonstrate that the transportation emissions from the implementation of the transportation improvement program included in the MTP will be less than allowable levels, referred to as budgets.
Who needs an MTP?
Every MPO must, under federal regulations, develop and adopt a MTP every four years. Because the Naugatuck Valley planning region falls within two metropolitan planning areas, separate MPTs have been developed. The NVCOG prepared a MTP for the 15-town area under the jurisdiction of the CNVMPO area and collaborated with the GBVMPO on the MTP for its metropolitan planning area that includes the four-town lower valley area.
The MTP must be financially constrained. That means, the proposed transportation improvement programs and the projects included in the plans must be consistent with the amount of funding that can be reasonably expected to be available over the life of the plans.
Planning based on performance
Federal guidelines have established national performance goals that the MTP must address:
- Safety – reduce accidents and traffic fatalities.
- Infrastructure Condition – maintain the highway infrastructure in a state of good repair.
- Congestion Reduction – reduce congestion.
- System Reliability – improve system efficiency.
- Freight Movement and Economic Vitality – improve the national freight network.
- Environmental Sustainability – enhance the natural environment
- Reduced Project Delivery Delays – reduce project costs and promote economic growth.