Advisory Committees

Herkimer and Oneida Counties Transportation Advisory Committees

The Herkimer-Oneida Counties Transportation Study (HOCTS) staff carries on the daily activities of the transportation planning process as directed by the Governmental Liaison & Policy (GP&L) committee and the Transportation Planning Committee (TPC). Technical studies and reports undertaken by HOCTS provide the TPC with data and information on which to base policy and planning recommendations to the GP&L. HOCTS staff attends regular meetings of the advisory committees, all of which are open to the public. For more information on committee meetings, please contact HOCTS at (315) 798-5710.

Governmental Policy & Liaison Committee (GP&L)

The Herkimer-Oneida Counties Governmental Policy & Liaison Committee (GP&L), designated by the governor of New York, serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Oneida-Herkimer Counties area.  As the MPO, the GP&L continues to be responsible, in cooperation with the State and transit operators, for carrying out the transportation process as it relates to the use of federal transportation funds.

Transportation Planning Committee (TPC)

The Transportation Planning Committee (TPC) is a body subsidiary to the GP&L committee.  The GP&L has delegated to the TPC the responsibility of overseeing the progress of work tasks, of reviewing reports and documents on transportation issues, and providing the GP&L with recommendations and sound technical advice on transportation related subjects.

Special Advisory Committees

From time to time the TPC has found it necessary to form special committees to provide input on a specific topic such as transit.  These committees are subject to membership and procedural requirements specified by the TPC.  The TPC and GP&L use these special committees as needed.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BAPAC)

HOCTS established the Herkimer-Oneida Counties Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BAPAC) in 2000 to provide input and advise HOCTS during the development of the two-county Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and the two-county Bicycle Touring Map. BAPAC continues to serve as an important public forum for open communication and information exchange between HOCTS, state and federal agencies, advocates and residents regarding bicycling and pedestrian issues in Herkimer and Oneida Counties . The committee meets periodically to discuss issues that affect the bicycling and walking community and provide comments on proposed plans and studies.

Transportation Coordination Committee (TCC)

The HOCTS TCC was formed in 2007 under the federal requirement of SAFETEA-LU to help develop the 2008 Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan for Herkimer and Oneida Counties.  Its members include public and private transportation providers, not-for-profit transportation providers, human service providers, governmental social service agencies, transportation planning agencies, the general public, and other stakeholders.  The TCC is a formal platform to brainstorm solutions and projects to address identified transportation needs and barriers in a coordinated planning effort. There is a need for more transportation coordination and options, more transportation-related partnerships, and cost-cutting measures in the delivery of transportation services for customers.