Index - NYMTC Contact

  1. About NYMTC
  2. NYMTC's Mission
  3. Public Involvement in the
    Transportation Planning Process
  4. Funding for Planning Activities
  5. NYMTC's Members
  6. Organization
  7. The Council's Three Major Products
  8. Other NYMTC Products


Central Staff

NYMTC’s Central Staff is responsible for conducting the daily business of the Council. It is comprised of four groups:

The Office of the Director-The responsibilities of this office include policy implementation, execution of the Unified Planning Work Program and overall relations with the Council and its various constituencies.  This office administers Title VI Civil Rights Compliance activities to ensure that the Central Staff’s operation is in full compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.  In addition, the Office of the Director is responsible for contact with the media, private citizens, business and civil groups and other public agencies.  Further, the Office of the Director has internal policy control for the Planning, Technical and Administration groups.

The Administration Group-This group provides financial and administrative support services to the agency members of the Council and for the operations of the Central Staff.  Services provided include contracts processing, grants management, budgeting and accounting, financial reporting, computer support, personnel, office services, and graphic design.

The Planning Group-The primary responsibilities of this group are to direct the development of the Council’s three major products: the Unified Planning Work Program, the Transportation Improvement Program and the Regional Transportation Plan. These products, as well as all special studies, are prepared with the cooperation of the Technical and Administration groups, the Transportation Coordinating Committees, Council members, and special working groups maintained by the Council.

The Technical Group-This group assembles, analyzes and applies data to monitor and support regional transportation plans and programs.  The Technical Group’s capabilities in this area have gained a nationwide reputation in data management, analytic techniques and special transportation projects.

Data management services include: monitoring changes in regional performance measures such as travel growth, mode choice and dependent demographic/economic areas; enhancing the Central Staff’s data base; making regional forecasts of travel demand based upon its own population and economic forecasts; and building and maintaining new models which is crucial to understanding the transportation and environmental consequences of short-and long-range decisions.

Members’ Programs-The Central Staff oversees Planning Work Programs with eight Subregional agencies, including the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam as well as New York City Departments of Transportation and City Planning, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  Each is responsible for ongoing and specific transportation planning tasks within their respective jurisdictions that are funded through ongoing contracts with the Central Staff.  The Central Staff assures that the work programs are consistent, and support the Regional Transportation Plan, that the terms of the work programs are met, that federal funding agency guidelines are addressed and that the billings are correct.  The work is integrated with other Central Staff efforts in order to assure that coordinated, continuing and comprehensive (3C) planning is maintained in the region.

Transportation Coordinating Committees (TCCs)

Three TCCs represent the three subregions that make up the NYMTC region, each with diverse needs for types and levels of transportation services and the transportation planning structure.  These are Mid-Hudson South (the northern suburban counties of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam); Nassau-Suffolk (the two counties comprising Long Island); and New York City (the city’s five boroughs). The TCCs focus on regional transportation issues from a sub-regional perspective and make recommendations to both the PFAC and the Council. 

The TCC staff reports to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Regional Offices and to the Central Staff Executive Director on day-to-day operations.  They are also accountable to their individual TCC voting members, to PFAC and to the Council for policy direction and program products.  Each TCC Staff group prepares an individual work program for review and approval by the Central Staff, PFAC and the federal funding.

Program Finance and Administration Committee (PFAC)

PFAC meets bimonthly to provide policy guidance to the Central Staff in the operation of the MPO and to ensure that the services being provided are in the best interest of the Council members and their customers-the people and companies who use and depend on transportation.

The membership of the Program, Finance and Administration Committee (PFAC) is composed of chief local elected officials and heads of transportation and environmental agencies that are responsible for establishing and implementing transportation plans, projects, and programs.