Metropolitan Area Planning Initiative
The South Western Region and a number of neighboring Connecticut regions were once part of the Tri-State Regional Planning Commission, the largest RPO and MPO in the nation from 1962-1983 consisting of more that 8,000 square miles across nine New Jersey counties, New York City and seven suburban counties, and six Connecticut regions (South Western, Valley, Greater Bridgeport, South Central, Central Naugatuck and Housatonic Valley).
Because of its excessive size and complexity, operating across three states, Tri-State was part of a phase not likely to return again. However, in 2008, South Western, Valley/Greater Bridgeport and Housatonic, the three MPO's in Fairfield County, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the MPO's in New York and New Jersey (New York Metropolitan Transporation Council and North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority) to host a continuing series of public meetings to share common transportation issues.
The first meeting was held in New York in 2008 and the second meeting was held in New Jersey in 2009. South Western hosted the third meeting in Stamford, CT at Purdue Pharma.
The discussion included an overview of efforts in the three Connecticut MPO's, and a keynote address by Jim Redeker, Director of Transportation for Connecticut Department of Transportation. In addition, the MPOs scanned case studies on Multi-Jurisdictional Transportation Planning Framework.
Click here for the May 3rd Agenda
Click here for Photos from the May 3rd, 2010 meeting.