The Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC) is required by federal transportation regulations to update its long range plan at least every four years. The OCTC Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) was most recently revised on June 12, 2017. The LRTP inventories transportation systems in the county, describes travel patterns, discusses transportation issues, outlines agency planning and funding outlooks (especially for Federal funding), and lays out the OCTC goals, objectives and recommendations.
As part of this process, the OCTC must also prepare a transportation / air quality conformity determination regarding fine particulate matter (PM2.5). This analyzes the potential impacts on air quality of transportation projects in the plan, as well as the OCTC Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The conformity process is required by the Clean Air Act and Environmental Protection Agency regulations to show that transportation projects in both the plan and TIP will not cause new air quality violations, worsen existing conditions, or delay timely attainment of National Ambient Air Quality Standards in accordance NYS Implementation Plan to improve air quality and EPA regulations.