Public Engagement

Public Meeting #1

May 7, 2019 at SUNY Orange (Newburgh Campus)

The Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC) hosted two public meeting sessions (3:30-5:00pm and 5:30-7:00pm) at the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus on May 7, 2019.  The Meeting sought the public's overall impressions of Orange County's Transportation System, identified strengths and issues, and asked participants to share their "big ideas" for the transportation in the next 25 years.  

Public Meeting #2

July 24, 2019 at Mulberry House Senior Center

The Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC) held the second public meeting from 4:00-6:00 PM at the Mulberry House Senior Center in the City of Middletown on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.

Public Meeting #3

Public Meeting #3 will be held as an opportunity for the public to review the completed Long-Range Transportation Plan highlights.  More information regarding location and time coming soon!

Virtual Public Involvement

OCTC is actively pursuing new ways to involve the public in the transportation planning process.  As part of our efforts, we have created online surveys for people who want to participate in the LRTP update, but are unable to attend public meetings in-person.  Below is the summary from the two SurveyGizmo questionnaires developed for the LRTP: the “Call for Ideas” survey, which was geared towards transportation professionals, and the general public survey.

OCTC received 19 responses (both partial and complete) from transportation professionals and over 100 responses (both partial and complete) from the general public. Both surveys are now closed.

Survey Summaries

General Public Survey (June 2019 - August 2019)

The first survey sought the public's overall impressions of Orange County's Transportation System. The survey asked participants to identify strengths and issues, and to share their "big ideas" for the transportation in the next 25 years.  The public survey was available from June through the end of August and had over 100 unique responses. 

People from 30 municipalities submitted ideas regarding Orange County’s transportation system. A majority of respondents were from Newburgh (28), Warwick (11), Middletown (9), New Windsor (8), and Port Jervis (7). The majority of ideas submitted by the general public involved infrastructure projects for people and freight. Although the comments were mixed, respondents generally wanted to see expanded availability of multi-modal options and increased public transit service. Others commented negatively about new development and increasing density.

Call for Ideas

The OCTC created a specific survey for transportation professionals and municipal leaders, known as the "Call for Ideas". The goal of the survey was to gather innovative ideas from transportation professionals that may not currently be addressed in the transportation program.  As of August 8, 2019, OCTC received 19 responses (both partial and complete) from transportation professionals.  The majority of the submissions were specific transportation projects. The ideas span across all modes and include ideas such as multi-modal transportation centers, hi-speed ferry service, expanded “dial-a-bus” programs, rail trails, and further development of Stewart Airport.