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> Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council - LRTP - Final Report

2030 LRTP Final report

(approved 12/15/09)

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY POSITION STATEMENT

1. BACKGROUND FOR THE MPO AND THE LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN

The Metropolitan Planning Organization & The Long Range Transportation Plan............... 1.1
What is a Metropolitan Planning Organization................................................................ 1.1
What is the Long Range Transportation Plan................................................................. 1.1
ITCTC Organizational Structure......................................................................................... 1.1
Public Involvement............................................................................................................... 1.2

2. DEMOGRAPHIC OVERVIEW................................................................................................................... 2.1

Introduction to Tompkins County ................................................................................................... 2.1
Demographic Characteristics............................................................................................ 2.1
Employment Characteristics........................................................................................... 2.11
Travel Trends & Characteristics.................................................................................................. 2.14
General Travel Trends.................................................................................................... 2.14
Commutation.................................................................................................................... 2.16
Journey-to-Work.............................................................................................................. 2.16
Vehicle Population.......................................................................................................... 2.17
Driving Population.......................................................................................................... 2.18
Trip Length....................................................................................................................... 2.18
Traffic Accidents.............................................................................................................. 2.18
Public Transportation..................................................................................................... 2.18
Bus and Paratransit........................................................................................................ 2.19
Paratransit........................................................................................................................ 2.19
Carshare........................................................................................................................... 2.19
Mobility Management..................................................................................................... 2.19

3. VISION STATEMENTS

Sustainable Accessibility ............................................................................................................ 3.1
Sustainable Accessibility................................................................................................ 3.1
Mobility............................................................................................................................... 3.1
Proximity............................................................................................................................ 3.2
Connectivity...................................................................................................................... 3.2
Integration......................................................................................................................... 3.2
Quality of Life.................................................................................................................... 3.2
Environment..................................................................................................................... 3.3
Vision Statement Goals & Objectives....................................................................................... 3.4
Integration........................................................................................................................ 3.4
Mobility............................................................................................................................. 3.5
Proximity........................................................................................................................... 3.5
Connectivity..................................................................................................................... 3.6
Quality of Life ................................................................................................................. 3.6
Environment.................................................................................................................... 3.7

4. TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM – A SUSTAINABLE VIEW

Introduction.................................................................................................................................. 4.1
Connectivity................................................................................................................................. 4.1
Roadways....................................................................................................................... 4.1
Bridges............................................................................................................................ 4.5
Transit.............................................................................................................................. 4.5
Paratransit...................................................................................................................... 4.6
Coordination Plan......................................................................................................... 4.7
Multimodal and Intermodal Facilities......................................................................... 4.7
Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs............................................................................ 4.14
Bicycles......................................................................................................................... 4.15
Pedestrians.................................................................................................................. 4.17
System Integration.................................................................................................................... 4.24
Mobility Impaired......................................................................................................... 4.24
Parking and Circulation............................................................................................. 4.24
Design Issues.............................................................................................................. 4.25
Transportation Demand Management.................................................................... 4.26
Transportation System Management...................................................................... 4.27
Data Needs.................................................................................................................. 4.32
Intermodal/Freight...................................................................................................... 4.32
Freight Movements..................................................................................................... 4.32
Passenger Movements.............................................................................................. 4.33
Environmental.......................................................................................................................... 4.35
Introduction.................................................................................................................. 4.35
Air Quality..................................................................................................................... 4.35
Land Use Planning..................................................................................................... 4.37
Energy........................................................................................................................... 4.38
Minimizing Negative Impacts.................................................................................... 4.39
Locating Environmental Impacts............................................................................... 4.39
Safety Element........................................................................................................................... 4.46
Traffic Safety Issues..................................................................................................... 4.46
State and Regional Planning..................................................................................... 4.46
Part I - New York State Highway Safety Plan.......................................................... 4.46
Part II – Tompkins County Emergency Preparedness........................................... 4.48
Financial...................................................................................................................................... 4.49
Introduction.................................................................................................................... 4.49
Resource Estimation.................................................................................................... 4.49
Expenditure Estimation................................................................................................ 4.52
Highways........................................................................................................................ 4.54
Transit.............................................................................................................................. 4.54

5. SCENARIO ANALYSIS

Introduction.................................................................................................................................... 5.1
Scenarios....................................................................................................................................... 5.1
Analysis.......................................................................................................................................... 5.4
Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) and Vehicle Hours Traveled (VHT)....................... 5.4
Air Quality and Energy................................................................................................... 5.5
Conclusions................................................................................................................................ 5.19

6. PROJECTS FOR IMPLEMENTATON

Introduction.................................................................................................................................. 6.1
Transportation Initiatives........................................................................................................... 6.2
Planning Efforts............................................................................................................. 6.2
Mobility Efforts............................................................................................................... 6.5
Operations and Maintenance Efforts......................................................................... 6.8

7. SAFETEA-LU NARRATIVE

Eight Planning Factors.............................................................................................................. 7.1
Ten Plan Requirements............................................................................................................ 7.3

 

APPENDICES

 

LIST OF FIGURES

FIGURE 1 Tompkins County Locator Map.......................................................................................... 2.3
FIGURE 2 Ithaca-Tompkins County 2000 Urbanized Area Boundary For Transportation........ 2.4
FIGURE 3 Census Block Population Density 2000 Tompkins County.......................................... 2.8
FIGURE 4 Households in Tompkins County...................................................................................... 2.9
FIGURE 5 Age of Population in Tompkins County.......................................................................... 2.10
FIGURE 6 Employment in Tompkins County................................................................................... 2.13
FIGURE 7 Tompkins County Residents Who Work in Other Counties (2000)........................... 2.21
FIGURE 8 Residence Location of Workers from Other Counties (2000).................................... 2.21
FIGURE 9 Journey-to-Work History (Tompkins County)................................................................ 2.24
FIGURE 10 Journey-to-Work History (City of Ithaca)...................................................................... 2.25
FIGURE 11 Journey-to-Work History (Town of Ithaca) .................................................................. 2.26
FIGURE 12 Travel Time to Work ....................................................................................................... 2.28
FIGURE 13 Travel Time to Work Percentages................................................................................ 2.29
FIGURE 13-A Public Transportation Ridership in Tompkins County.......................................... 2.30
FIGURE 13-B Sustainability Accessibility Diagram.......................................................................... 3.1
FIGURE 14 2004 Tompkins County Highway Functional Classification System........................ 4.3
FIGURE 15 Bridges and Ratings in Tompkins County..................................................................... 4.8
FIGURE 16 Bridges and Ratings in City of Ithaca............................................................................. 4.9
FIGURE 17 TCAT Bus Routes - 2009................................................................................................ 4.10
FIGURE 18 TCAT Bus Routes: Ithaca - 2009................................................................................... 4.11
FIGURE 19 TCAT Bus Boarding – Countywide (10/15 – 11/16/08)............................................. 4.12
FIGURE 20 TCAT Bus Boarding – Ithaca (10/15 – 11/16/08)....................................................... 4.13
FIGURE 21 Tompkins County Intermodal Facilities........................................................................ 4.14
FIGURE 22 Bike Suitability in Tompkins County............................................................................. 4.16
FIGURE 23 Tompkins County Sidewalk Inventory.......................................................................... 4.18
FIGURE 24 Roads with Sidewalks – City of Ithaca......................................................................... 4.19
FIGURE 25 Multi-Use Trails in Tompkins County............................................................................ 4.21
FIGURE 26 Multi-Use Trails in City of Ithaca.................................................................................... 4.22
FIGURE 27 Multi-Use Trails in Ithaca Urbanized Area................................................................... 4.23
FIGURE 28 Location of Parking Areas – City of Ithaca................................................................... 4.28
FIGURE 29 Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway........................................................................................... 4.29
FIGURE 30 Tompkins County Congested Roads – 2009.............................................................. 4.30
FIGURE 31 City of Ithaca Congested Roads – 2009...................................................................... 4.31
FIGURE 32 Major Freight Generators and Major Freight Corridors in Tompkins County........ 4.34
FIGURE 33 Tompkins County eCO2 emissions by sector 2008................................................... 4.36
FIGURE 34 Natural Features Focus Areas in Tompkins County.................................................. 4.41
FIGURE 35 Natural Features Focus Areas in Ithaca....................................................................... 4.42
FIGURE 36 Unique Natural Areas, Federal and State Wetlands in Tompkins County............ 4.43
FIGURE 37 Historic Bridges and Structures in Tompkins County................................................ 4.44
FIGURE 38 Historic Bridges and Structures in Ithaca.................................................................... 4.45
FIGURE 39.... 2010-2030 Summary of Estimated Transportation Resources........................... 4.52
FIGURE 40 Existing Development....................................................................................................... 5.7
FIGURE 41 Trend-Based Scenario..................................................................................................... 5.8
FIGURE 42 Plan-Based Scenario........................................................................................................ 5.9
FIGURE 43 Tompkins County Congested Roads - 2009.............................................................. 5.11
FIGURE 44 City of Ithaca Congested Roads - 2009...................................................................... 5.12
FIGURE 45 Tompkins County Congested Roads – 2030 Trend Scenario................................ 5.13
FIGURE 46.... City of Ithaca Congested Roads – 2030 Trend Scenario.................................... 5.14
FIGURE 47.... Tompkins County Congested Roads – 2030 Plan-Based.................................. 5.15
FIGURE 48.... City of Ithaca Congested Roads – 2030 Plan-Based........................................... 5.16
 
 
LIST OF TABLES
 
TABLE 1 Population Totals for Tompkins County Municipalities.......................................................... 2.5
TABLE 2 Population Totals for Tompkins County Villages.................................................................... 2.5
TABLE 3 Population Trends in Urban and Rural Areas......................................................................... 2.6
TABLE 4 Population Size and Density Figures for Tompkins County 1990-2007............................. 2.6
TABLE 5 Population Size and Density Figures for the Villages of Tompkins County 1990-2007... 2.7
TABLE 6 Persons per Household in Tompkins County........................................................................... 2.9
TABLE 7 Age of Population in Tompkins County.................................................................................... 2.11
TABLE 8 Employment of Tompkins County Residents Age 16+.......................................................... 2.12
TABLE 9 Trips Per Person per Day by Trip Purpose – 1995 & 2001 estimates................................ 2.15
TABLE 10 Trips Per Person per Day by Mode of Transportation – 1995 & 2001 estimates........... 2.15
TABLE 11 Tompkins County Commutation Patterns.............................................................................. 2.20
TABLE 12 Means of Transportation to Work – Census 2000................................................................ 2.22
TABLE 13 Means of Transportation to Work – 2005-2007 ACS........................................................... 2.23
TABLE 14 Total Vehicle Registrations in Tompkins County.................................................................. 2.27
TABLE 15 Vehicles Available and Vehicles per person......................................................................... 2.27
TABLE 16 Tompkins County Total Number of Driver’s Licenses (1988-2007).................................. 2.28
TABLE 17 Travel Time to Work (Workers Age 16+ Not Working at Home)......................................... 2.29
TABLE 18 Traffic Accident History for Tompkins County........................................................................ 2.30
TABLE 19 Federal Aid Road System – Descriptive Statistics ................................................................ 4.4
TABLE 20 Road System – By Type.............................................................................................................. 4.4
TABLE 21 Bridge Condition.......................................................................................................................... 4.5
TABLE 22 Bicycle Suitability - Score......................................................................................................... 4.17
TABLE 23 Roads With Sidewalks.............................................................................................................. 4.20
TABLE 24 U.S. Transportation Carbon Emissions (% by mode)......................................................... 4.36
TABLE 25 Overall Emissions by Sector.................................................................................................... 4.36
TABLE 26 Tompkins County Mileage by Mode ...................................................................................... 4.37
TABLE 27 Tompkins County Emissions by Mode................................................................................... 4.37
TABLE 28 Summary of Local Highway Resource Estimates................................................................ 4.50
TABLE 29 Highway and Transit Resource Estimate (2010-2030)....................................................... 4.51
TABLE 30 Summary of Total Estimated Resources................................................................................ 4.51
TABLE 31 Estimated Expenditure Allocations......................................................................................... 4.53
TABLE 32 Vehicle Miles Traveled and Vehicle Hours Traveled.......................................................... 5.10
TABLE 33...... Road Congestion................................................................................................................. 5.10
TABLE 34...... Emissions Analysis.............................................................................................................. 5.17
TABLE 35...... Energy Analysis................................................................................................................... 5.18