Herkimer-Oneida Counties Transportation Study (HOCTS)
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Transportation planning in Herkimer and Oneida Counties is carried out by the Herkimer- Oneida Counties Transportation Study (HOCTS). HOCTS is a cooperative effort by local, state, and federal agencies for conducting transportation planning activities in Herkimer and Oneida Counties. HOCTS was created during 1963 (in compliance with the Federal Highway Act of 1962) in order to establish transportation goals and objectives on a local basis. The Herkimer-Oneida Counties Governmental Policy and Liaison Committee (GP&L) has been designated as the region's Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for transportation by the Governor of New York.
HOCTS shares responsibility with the state to develop cooperative transportation plans and programs for the two-county area. HOCTS also provides a forum for the identification of transportation needs by area residents and organizations.
The principal decision making committees of HOCTS are the Governmental Policy and Liaison Committee (GP&L) and the Transportation Planning Committee (TPC). The GP&L has final approval and authority on all major transportation decisions, policies, and programs developed through the HOCTS organization.
HOCTS also maintains the regional Long-Range Transportation Plan (a 20-year vision of future transportation needs and improvements), HOCTS is also responsible for the maintenance of the area's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a three-year program that funds capital projects such as transit, local streets and roads, highways, bicycle and pedestrian routes and corridor studies. In addition, HOCTS prepares the Unified Planning Work Program which identifies the annual transportation planning activities that are undertaken in the Herkimer-Oneida Counties area in support of the goals, objectives and actions established in the long-range transportation plan.