The core of the work program at the RiverCOG is the transportation planning program, which is carried out by the separate RiverMPO, the region's Metropolitan Planning Organization. The RiverMPO board is comprised of the seventeen CEOs of the region's towns plus additional appointed members. The RiverCOG/RiverMPO region is blessed with numerous transportation routes including Interstate 95, Route 9, Route 66 and numerous other important highways. Rail service includes Amtrak and the Shoreline East as well as the Essex Steam Train supporting regional tourism. The Connecticut River itself is recreational boating's "highway" through our region. And with the rise in popularity of biking, bike paths are becoming more and more common.
It is the duty of RiverCOG Transportation Planners to provide planning services for the region and oversee the Federal and State funding of transportation, funding which is funneled through Connecticut's Regional Planning Organizations. For the RiverCOG, those responsibilities are handled by the RiverCOG Metropolitan Planning Organization, who's membership is identical to that of the Council of Governments.
The many facets of the RiverCOG transportation program can be seen and reviewed by navigating to the individual pages for each topic. For links to important transportation documents, navigate to the Important Documents page and the MPO page. Questions can be directed to RiverCOG at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us at (860) 581-8554.