The Rockland County Planning, Public Transportation and Highway Departments work together with the Office of the County Executive, the County Legislature, local municipalities, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), the New York State Thruway Authority and MTA Metro-North Railroad to formulate transportation policy to improve Rockland County's multi-modal transportation network.
On a regional level, Rockland County works with Westchester and Putnam Counties, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), the New York State Thruway Authority, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to create a Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for the Mid-Hudson South region. The TIP lists all federally funded transportation projects for the region.
Rockland County is an active part of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), our area's Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) responsible for coordinating and administering federal funding for eligible transportation planning and construction projects. The NYMTC region includes Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, Nassau and Suffolk Counties and New York City.
Rockland County also participates in a number of federally mandated transportation planning programs, including the long-range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).
Public participation in the transportation planning process is achieved through outreach via press and media, and through public forums as arranged by the Planning, Public Transportation and Highway Departments, Office of the County Executive, the County Legislature, and public forums sponsored by regional transportation agencies.
Transportation planning projects that Rockland County has lead or is leading include:
- Route 59 Corridor Transit Needs Study Executive Summary
- Countywide Bus Stop Study Executive Summary
- Countywide Truck Route Study
- Implementing the region's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
- Railroad Crossing Safety Improvement and Quiet Zone Study
- 2002 Preliminary Railroad Crossing Safety & Train Whistle Study (FRA Information)
New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC)
Since the 1970's, Federal transportation legislation has mandated that all urbanized areas with a population over 50,000 must have a designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in order to qualify for Federal transportation funding. Created in 1982 as the MPO for New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) provides a collaborative planning forum to address transportation-related issues from a regional perspective; undertakes studies for transportation improvements; forecasts future conditions and needs; pools the resources and expertise of its member agencies to plan for transportation and development in the region; and makes decisions on the use of Federal transportation funds.
The NYMTC planning area covers 2,440 square miles and a population of 12.4 million, which was approximately 64% of New York State's population based on 2010 Census counts.
Major regional transportation projects in which Rockland County has participated:
- New NY Bridge (Tappan Zee) Replacement Project
- Lower Hudson Transit Link Project
- Tappan Zee Bridge/I-287 Corridor Study
- Access to the Region's Core
- Route 303 Sustainable Development Study
Local projects of interest sponsored by the County have included:
Transportation Planning Products:
NYMTC's work program is developed annually. It defines the priorities in the planning area and describes all transportation-related activities anticipated within a given program year. The work program also indicates which of these planning activities will receive federal funding. Its successful completion each year enables federal funding assistance to undertake planning activities by NYMTC's staff and its members.
Transportation Demand Management (TDM) and The 511NY Rideshare Program
The goal of Rockland's Transportation Demand Management (TDM) and 511NY's Rideshare Programis to improve mobility and access, reduce congestion and air pollution, and increase safety. These programs work to reduce drive alone travel by promoting walking, bicycling, car pooling, van pooling, public transportation, and other alternatives. The county works cooperatively with citizens, businesses, and institutions throughout Rockland and neighboring counties of Westchester, Orange and Bergen.
If you are a business, employee, or resident interested in finding out more about transportation options, please contact the County's Transportation Demand Management office at 845-364-2142.
General transportation information including bus and train schedules can be obtained by calling 845-364-3333.