The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) is a federally designated Transportation Planning Agency for the Naugatuck Valley planning region and conducts the transportation planning process in accordance with federal regulations, including interim guidelines provided in Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). These guidelines require NVCOG to conduct a transportation planning process that is cooperative, continuous, and comprehensive. This process creates the framework for making informed transportation investment decisions, resulting in plans and programs that consider all transportation modes, and supporting metropolitan community development goals.
The NVCOG monitors the performance of the region’s transportation system, provides transportation data to municipalities and organizations in the region, and conducts studies of the highway, transit and non-motorized transportation systems. The NVCOG also works with and assists its member municipalities in identifying system deficiencies, determining actions to improve the transportation system, and in applying for and obtaining state and federal funding for local and regional transportation projects.
In compliance with federal guidelines, the NVCOG:
- Prepares a Unified Planning Work Program that describes the metropolitan transportation planning activities to be completed by the agency.
- Compiles and maintains a short-term Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) that lists the transportation improvement projects that are expected to receive federal assistance over the next four years.
- Develops a Long-Range Regional Transportation Plan (LRTP) that identifies the transportation deficiencies and needs for the next 20 years.
Metropolitan Planning Organization
The Naugatuck Valley planning region is divided among two Metropolitan Planning Organizations, with the NVCOG serving as the host transportation planning agency for the Central Naugatuck Valley Region MPO (CNVR MPO) and co-host for the Greater Bridgeport and Valley MPO (GBVMPO). The MPOs generally conform to Census-defined urbanized areas. The CNVR MPO covers the Waterbury urbanized area and the GBVMPO coincides with eastern half of the Bridgeport-Stamford urbanized area centered on the City of Bridgeport.
The MPOs are responsible for directing the transportation planning activities contained within the Unified Planning Work Program, setting priorities and programming federal transportation financial assistance for highway and transit projects (TIP) and identifying the long range transportation needs for the metropolitan area (LRTP).
Membership of the MPO includes the chief elected officials of the respective member municipalities and, in the case of the GBVMPO, the chair of two public transit providers – Valley Transit District and Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority.