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

Newly Approved Documents:

*HOCTS UPWP 2018-19

The Unified Planning Work Program is an outline of the transportation planning, programming, and budgetary activities that are to be undertaken by the Herkimer-Oneida Counties Transportation Study (HOCTS), as the MPO for Oneida and Herkimer Counties for the state Fiscal Year (SFY) running from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019. The above UPWP 2018-19 was approved by the Governmental Policy and Liaison Committee with HOCTS Resolution 2018-01 on March 1, 2018.

*Appendix 1; 2018 5310 Project Listing - Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

In cases where public transit is inadequate or inappropriate, the Section 5310 program awards grants to private non-profit organizations to serve the transportation needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities.  HOCTS’ Transportation Coordination Committee (TCC) has developed a listing of potential projects to be undertaken by member agencies, as funding becomes available. The above update of the appendix was approved by the Governmental Policy and Liaison Committee with HOCTS Resolution 2018-02 on March 1, 2018.

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.