Herkimer-Oneida Counties Transportation Study (HOCTS)


*Annual Obligation Project Listing: Federal Fiscal Year 2018

Federal regulations require an annual listing of transportation projects, including investments in pedestrian walkways and bicycle facilities, for which federal funds have been obligated in the preceding federal fiscal year (FFY) be made available for public review by the Metropolitan Planning Organization. The listing must also be consistent with the funding categories identified in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). For HOCTS’s Annual Obligation Project Listing for FFY 2018, click here

Upcoming Notable Dates:

*Governmental Policy & Liaison Committee, and Transportation Planning Committee Meetings

GP&L has been scheduled for March 1st at 9:30 a.m., and TPC has been scheduled for February 21st at 9:30 a.m. Visit the committee webpages for more information.

*March 9th, 2018: Deadline for Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) Local Project Applications

The PSAP is a statewide initiative to reduce pedestrian injury and fatality rates by addressing systematic problems in urban areas. These projects are eligible for up to 100% funding. For more information regarding the PSAP (such as eligible improvements and the application processes), please visit the NYSDOT’s website here for details, or read the slideshow from our presentation at the last GP&L meeting here . Not sure if your municipality is eligible? Visit our web app to check and see if you’re within the project’s eligible criteria: The Federal Urban Adjusted Area.

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.


Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning

HOCTS acts as an information clearinghouse and provides information to communities on how to incorporate bicycle, pedestrian and non-motorized considerations into their local planning documents, policies and practices.

During the fall of 2015, HOCTS conducted field verification of all existing bicycle facilities, new trail/bicycle facilities, and recreational facilities; GPS units were used to create GIS point data to assist in mapping location of facilities. This effort created a sustainable database that can be easily updated when changes occur to trails, features and facilities in the future.

In early July of 2016, 5000 Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail Guides were published and distributed throughout the area. In 2017 more parks and trails were mapped, including Griffiss Sculpture Park, Memorial Parkway Monument Trail, Roscoe Conkling Park, and T.R. and F.T. Proctor Parks. Work on an update is currently in progress, with publication of a new edition planned for early summer 2018.

For a digital edition of the publication, click here

For more resources regarding bicycle and pedestrian planning, explore the links HOCTS has provided here

If you’re interested in distributing the Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail Guides in your place of business, contact HOCTS staff at transplan@ocgov.net, or by phone at (315) 798-5710.

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.