The Valley Council of Governments, in partnership with our sister agency the Greater Bridgeport Regional Council operates the Greater Bridgeport/Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (GBVMPO). Representing the towns of Ansonia, Bridgeport, Derby, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, Seymour, Shelton & Trumbull the GBVMPO jointly plans Transportation Improvement Projects within our urbanized area and programs federal funding to carry them out. GBVMPO reports, programs, meeting minutes and agenda may be accessed at the new Greater Bridgeport Regional Council website.
This "combined" Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) was designated by Governor O'Neill in 1981. A copy of the 1981 MPO designation document can be found here. The 2006 Memorandum of Understanding governing the roles and responsibilities of each of the MPO partners can be found at MOU Regarding Transportation Planning Responsibility and Federal Transportation Funding in the GBVMPO (917KB PDF file). A copy of the handbook outlining the GBVMPO operations can be found at Greater Bridgeport/Valley MPO Handbook (9.3MB PDF file).
The VCOG is responsible for conducting comprehensive regional transportation planning as mandated by federal regulations intended to develop and advance the implementation of plans and programs for local transportation facilities and services, as well as address problems and deficiencies identified in the VCOG's Long-Range Transportation Plan (11.9MB PDF file).
As the GBVMPO, the Valley Council of Governments and the Greater Bridgeport Regional Council (GBRC) are responsible for ensuring that provisions of state and federal laws pertaining to regional transportation planning are implemented in each metropolitan planning area. The planning area is defined as the existing urbanized area plus the projected 20-year growth area. It is mutually determined by the MPO and the state. In addition to the Long-Range Transportation Plan, the GBVMPO creates and maintains a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is used to collect and rank transportation projects throughout the MPO region. Once the TIP has been approved by the MPO Board, the projects are included in the State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) where they are funded by the ConnDOT. The GBVMPO Board is governed by all of the Chief Elected Officials of Ansonia, Bridgeport, Derby, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Seymour, Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull, as well as regional planning and transit Chairs.
FFY 2012 - 2015 Transportation Improvement Program
The current TIP, covering the 2012 through 2015 federal fiscal years was endorsed in January 2012. The TIP will be amended periodically to adjust project schedules, ensure full obligation of available funds and advance priority projects.
FFY 2012-2015 TIP (4.1MB PDF file)
FFY 2012 VCOG Region TIP Obligated Projects
Federal planning regulations require that a listing of obligated projects be published at the conclusion of each Federal Fiscal Year, which begins on October 1st and ends on the following
The 2012 Annual Listing of Obligated Projects (47KB PDF file) fulfills the GBVMPO's obligation under 49 CFR Part 450.332 for the Federal Fiscal Year which ended on September 30, 2012.
450.332 Annual listing of obligated projects.
(b) The listing shall be prepared in accordance with § 450.314(a) and shall include all federally-funded projects authorized or revised to increase obligations in the preceding program year, and shall at a minimum include the TIP information under § 450.324(e)(1) and (4) and identify, for each project, the amount of Federal funds requested in the TIP, the Federal funding that was obligated during the preceding year, and the Federal funding remaining and available for subsequent years.
(c) The listing shall be published or otherwise made available in accordance with the MPO's public participation criteria for the TIP.
§ 450.324 Development and content of the transportation improvement program (TIP).
(e) The TIP shall include, for each project or phase (e.g., preliminary engineering,
environment/NEPA, right-of-way, design, or construction), the following:
(1) Sufficient descriptive material (i.e., type of work, termini, and length) to identify the project or phase;
(4) Identification of the agencies responsible for carrying out the project or phase.