Herkimer-Oneida Counties Transportation Study (HOCTS)



FFY 2020 - 2024

NOTICE is hereby given that the Herkimer-Oneida Counties Transportation Study (HOCTS) has developed the draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Oneida and Herkimer Counties and Utica Urbanized Area. 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 (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) – over the next four federal fiscal years. The TIP conforms to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) developed by the New York State Department of Transportation.

A thirty (30) day review and comment period has been established, beginning on May 3, 2019 and ending on June 3, 2019. The public is welcomed and encouraged to review and comment, in writing, on the draft TIP. Copies of the TIP and STIP are available for review at the HOCTS Office, Boehlert Center at Union Station, 321 Main Street, Third Floor, Utica, NY 13501. The draft TIP can also be viewed on-line at www.hocts.org. A hard copy of the document can be requested by calling 315-798-5710. The TIP development process satisfies the federal requirements for public notice, review, and comment for routine and traditional local bus capital projects funded by the FTA under the Section 5307 capital grant program. In addition, it complies with all FHWA FAST Act requirements for metropolitan transportation planning.

Written comments on the TIP will be accepted from interested parties thirty days following the legal notice. Written comments must be clearly legible, submitted on 8½" by 11" paper and include the person’s name and address. All comments will be reviewed at the May HOCTS Transportation Planning Committee and Government Policy & Liaison Committee meeting in June, which will be open to the public and provide opportunity for public comment. Submit all comments by June 6, 2019 to:

Dana R. Crisino, Director
Herkimer-Oneida Counties Transportation Study
Boehlert Center at Union Station
321 Main Street
Utica, NY 13501



Newly Approved:

UPWP 2019-20


Ongoing Projects:

Traffic Counts

HOCTS takes part in the NYSDOT County Counter Program, which was created by NYSDOT and provides the equipment, training, and software necessary to collect traffic count data. Every week during the summer collection season, HOCTS aims to place 15+ counters at various locations throughout Oneida and Herkimer Counties; in 2017, a total of 197 successful counts were obtained. Count data is available through the HOCCPP’s Data Traffic Viewer, and statewide data is available here.

About HOCTS....

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. Click here for more information regarding these and other committees, as well as their upcoming scheduled meetings.

HOCTS maintains the regional Long-Range Transportation Plan (a 20-year vision of future transportation needs and improvements), HOCTS is responsible for the maintenance of the area's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a five-year program that outlines the capital projects for federal transportation funds, and is coordinated with the 4 year NY State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) capital plan. In addition, HOCTS prepares the Unified Planning Work Program which identifies the annual transportation planning activities that are undertaken by the MPO Herkimer-Oneida Counties area in support of the goals, objectives and actions established in the long-range transportation plan.

Dana Crisino
Program Manager
Herkimer-Oneida Counties Transportation Study (HOCTS)
321 Main Street
Utica, New York 13501