Getting from here to there – outside the county lines

It can be quite a challenge for those of you who need to travel to neighboring counties either for work, medical appointments, shopping, etc. if you don’t have a car. And even for those who have a car, the increase in gas prices is making longer distance travel difficult if not impossible.

To address this, the Regional Transportation Coalition, which is made up of community leaders representing county governments, transit, planning departments and human service agencies, commissioned a year-long study of a seven county region which includes the counties of Tompkins, Cortland, Cayuga, Seneca, Schuyler, Chemung and Tioga.

The Wendel Companies was hired as the consultant and has put together a webpage for the study. You will find progress reports and other information regarding the study. If you would like to have updates and information on future meetings emailed to you there is a sign-up form on the page. You can also fill out an online form if you have any comments or questions regarding the study.

Here is a more detailed project description from the consultants:

“It is a regional mobility study which will:

1. Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of existing mobility services across all modes,

2. Develop and market real mobility choices to the public, and

3. Enable coordination among counties to provide the best possible cost effective transportation.

The RTS process will examine existing services and needs, project future demands, incorporate stakeholder input and develop a series of recommendations in a phased implementation plan and a sustainable process that will address: alternatives to reduce drive-alone automobile trips and to provide realistic options to persons who are unable to or choose not to drive; reductions in commuter traffic on the highway network; potential expansion of bus transportation, including commuter bus and intercity services; incorporation of coordinated mobility programs, such as van pools, guaranteed ride home, ridesharing, and human service transportation; and improvements in communication and technology to improve customer information and agency interaction.”

We are very excited to be part of this coalition and the study to help improve mobility options for all who live in, work, go to school or visit our counties.




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