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Northeast Subarea Transportation Study

This project was completed in 1999. Please do not send comments.
The following web page provides historical information about the project and its process as well as a link to the follow-up NESTS Transit Planning Project (NTPP) which was completed in 2003.

The Working Group presented its final Transportation Plan for the Northeast Subarea report to the Client Committee and the public on July 29, 1999. This was a joint working meeting of the NESTS committees and included an opportunity for public attendees to share observations about the process, outcome, and future directions. The recommendations included in the final report seek to address transportation problems in the Town and Village of Lansing, the Village of Cayuga Heights, Cornell University and parts of the Towns of Ithaca and Dryden. A copy of the final report is available for review on this web page, at the Tompkins County Public Library reference section, and at the ITCTC, 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca. Copies of an executive summary may be picked up at the ITCTC.

Current Project: Recommendation 2 of the NESTS Transportation Plan calls for the use of enhanced community based transit service to alleviate congestion in the study area. The NESTS Transit Planning Project (NTPP) is currently being undertaken to provide the data and analysis needed to determine the feasibility and design of a public transportation system to implement Recommendation 2 of the NESTS Transportation Plan.

Overview Map
Funding Components
Public Information Working Group
Working Group Meeting Schedule/Summaries Identified Transportation Problems & Issues
Final NESTS Transportation Plan Links



The Northeast Subarea Transportation Study (NESTS) was a formal corridor analysis to determine if there is a need for additional capacity and safety improvements, congestion management, and improved Transportation Systems Management/Transportation Demand Management (TSM/TDM) for the Northeast area of Tompkins County. The study included an analysis of the possible problems that lead to congestion and proposed a range of possible solutions intended to improve current and future traffic conditions in the study area. Specifically, the study's objectives were to:

  • Improve traffic safety
  • Improve transportation access to employment centers
  • Improve traffic circulation and reduce congestion
  • Minimize adverse impacts on the environment, energy resources, historical landmarks, existing land use patterns, and existing structures
  • Mitigate traffic impacts on residential and environmentally-sensitive areas
  • Enhance the opportunity for and the safety of alternative travel modes, such as bicycling and walking
  • Minimize through-traffic and truck-traffic impacts
  • Minimize travel delays resulting from any construction or renovation of capital facilities
  • Encourage long-range development plans that maintain and promote an efficient transportation system
  • Reduce operating, maintenance, and travel costs

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The $103,000 project has been funded by federal, state, and local governments through the ITCTC's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The federal government has funded 80% ($80,000) of the project through the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA). New York State and seven "affected local entities" (Towns of Dryden, Ithaca, and Lansing; Villages of Cayuga Heights and Lansing; Cornell University; and Tompkins County) have provided the remaining 20% ($20,000) of the funding, known as the "nonfederal match." The Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council has funded the additional $3,000.

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The study was comprised of two primary components: a technical process and a community-based process. The technical process included analysis and evaluation of current transportation systems, development of future scenarios, and recommendations for present and future alternatives or solutions. The community-based process sought to provide public participation that represented a balance of perspectives from concerned citizens, businesses, municipal service providers, environmental groups, neighborhood organizations, commuters, alternative transportation and recreation advocates, and other affected stakeholders. The technical process was administered by Creighton Manning Engineers, while the community-based process was administered by the Community Dispute Resolution Center (CDRC).

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Public Information

Interested citizens were encouraged to stop by the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council (ITCTC) at 121 East Court Street (The Old Courthouse) and pick up an information packet. Specific questions or comments were directed to the following persons and groups:

  • General Questions: ITCTC, 121 E Court St, Ithaca, NY 14850 Ph: (607) 274-5570
  • Policy Questions: Catherine Valentino, Chair of the NESTS Client Committee, 126 E Seneca St, Ithaca, NY 14850 Ph: (607) 273-1721
  • Technical Questions: Charles Manning, Creighton Manning Engineering L.L.P.,4 Automation Lane, Albany, N.Y. 12205-1683 Ph: (518) 446-0396
  • Public Involvement Questions: Scott Sears, Community Dispute Resolution Center, 120 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850 Ph: (607) 273-9347

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Working Group Information

Client Committee Members

  • Catherine Valentino - Chair NESTS Client Committee. Supervisor, Town of Ithaca
  • Stuart Stein - Chair of the ITCTC Policy Committee
  • Donald Harthill - Mayor - Village of Lansing
  • Ronald Anderson - Mayor - Village of Cayuga Heights
  • Henrik Dullea - Vice President of University Relations - Cornell University
  • James Schug - Supervisor - Town of Dryden
  • Bradley Griffin - Planning Board Member - Town of Lansing
  • Janis Gross - Transportation Analyst - New York State Department of Transportation

Working Group Members (Bios)

  • John W. Bailey - George B. Bailey Agency, Inc. Lifelong resident in the Ithaca/Dryden area.
  • Lois Chaplin - Bicycle Safety Specialist, Cornell University
  • Norman (Lin) Davidson - Farm Owner, Lansing
  • Thomas LiVigne - Real Estate Department, Cornell University - Town of Lansing resident.
  • Dwight Mengel - TCAT - City of Ithaca resident.
  • Dorothy (Dottie) Munson - Owner, Baskin Robbins, Pyramid Mall. Lifelong resident of Lansing
  • Dennis Reinhart - Superintendent of Public Works, Village of Lansing. Etna resident.
  • Fred Noteboom - Highway Superintendent, Town of Ithaca
  • Bill Goldsmith - Professor of Planning, Cornell University. Forest Home neighborhood resident.
  • David Orr - Engineer. Local Roads Program, Cornell University. Brooktondale resident.
  • Dana Paul - Bicycle commuter. Member of the Ludlowville Community Association. Hamlet of Ludlowville resident.
  • Barbara Caldwell - Executive Officer of the Ithaca Board of Realtors. Chair, Town of Dryden Planning Board.
  • Brad Griffin - Member of the Town of Lansing Planning Board. Retired biologist. Farmer, Highland Harbor Farm.
  • Robert (Bob) Day - Police Officer and Fire Chief Village of Cayuga Heights. Town of Danby resident.
  • Fred Bonn - Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce.

NESTS Technical Advisors

  • John Gutenberger - Chair ITCTC Planning Committee, Vice-Chair NESTS Client Committee. Assistant Director of Community Relations, Cornell University
  • Bill Mobbs - Commissioner of Public Works, Tompkins County
  • James Hanson, Jr. - Commissioner of Planning, Tompkins County
  • Jonathan Kanter - Town Planner, Town of Ithaca.
  • Brent Cross - Superintendent of Public Works, Village of Cayuga Heights
  • David Herrick - Principal, T.G. Miller, P.C.
  • Bill Wendt - Director of Transportation Services, Cornell University
  • Katie Borgella - Tompkins County Planning Department
  • Joan Jurkowich - Tompkins County Planning Department


  • Fernando de Aragon, Director
  • Victor A. Jorrin, Transportation Analyst
  • Teresa L. Linde, Administrative Assistant

NESTS Consultants

  • Chuck Manning - Creighton Manning Inc.
  • Judith Saul - Executive Director, Community Dispute Resolution Center
  • Scott Sears - Facilitator, Community Dispute Resolution Center

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Identified Transportation Problems and Issues

What local transportation problems and issues would you like to see addressed?
The Northeast Subarea Transportation Study would like to know!

In the first step of a year-long process to develop recommendations for improving the transportation network in the Northeast Subarea of Tompkins County, the transportation problems and issues indicated on the attached map and list have been identified. So that the NESTS study can address the full range of transportation issues within the study area, we would like you to review the list of problems and identify any additional issues you are aware of.

The NESTS study intends to address all transportation modes. In keeping with this mandate it is appropriate to include problems related to safety, efficiency, access, congestion for passenger and freight vehicles, transit systems, bicycles, and pedestrians.


  1. We asked the public to look at the list of Identified Transportation Problems and Issues in the following pages and indicate which were the five most important problems and issues on the list. ;
  2. We also asked people to state the location and the nature of any problem or issue not already identified:

Comments were sent to the ITCTC.


Identified Transportation Issues and Problems Study Area


1.1 Rt 366, Hoy Rd to Judd Falls Rd- Congestion, Ped/Bike safety, Turning difficulty.
1.2 Pine Tree Rd- No Ped/Bike connection from East Hill Plaza to Rt 366.
1.3 Pine Tree Rd/Ellis Hollow Rd- Congestion, Ped/Bike safety.
1.4 Rt 79, near Lois La- Bus stop problems.
1.5 Pine Tree Rd/Rt 79- Congestion, Ped/Bike safety, Sight distance, Volume of traffic on Rt 79, Lack of gaps in traffic at certain times, Short cut to mall from Rt 79.
1.6 Rt 79- No shoulder for Peds/Bikes/Bus stops.
1.7 Rt 366/Freese Rd- High traffic volume, Cars park on shoulders.
1.8 Rt 366, Freese Rd to Turkey Hill Rd- Snow removal on steep grade.
1.9 Rt 366, near Mitchell St- Truck traffic unsafe, Steep grade, Poor visibility.
1.10 Rt 366- Ped/Bike access, High traffic volume.
1.11 Rt 366/Rt 13/Hall Rd- Congestion, Volume of Rt 13 lefts onto Rt 366 in the AM, Poor pedestrian crossing.
1.12 Ellis Hollow Rd- High commuter demand.
1.13 Game Farm Rd- 1 lane bridge.
1.14 Pine Tree Rd- Parking problems due to narrow shoulder.
1.15 Turkey Hill Rd/Mt. Pleasant Rd- Poor sight distance.
1.16 Game Farm Rd/Rt 366- Poor intersection.


2.1 East Ave/Forest Home Dr- No Ped/Bike link to Cornell.
2.2 Community Corners- Congestion, Poor turning movements, Safety issues.
2.3 Triphammer Rd- Ped safety for Kendall residents walking to malls.
2.4 Triphammer Rd/Rt 13- Poor intersections, Congestion, No crossing signals.
2.5 Triphammer Rd, near Pyramid Mall- Congestion, No Ped crossing signals, Impact of
McDonald's and 4-way stop at Graham Rd.
2.6 Warren Rd/Rt 13- Congestion, Ped/Bike safety.
2.7 Warren Rd, near Uptown Rd- Difficult turning at peak hours, Ped/Vehicle interface (Children walking, biking)
2.8 Hanshaw Rd/Warren Rd- No sidewalks or shoulders, poor road surface, poor intersection.
2.9 Pleasant Grove Rd- Poor connectors -Rt 79 through Cornell, Cayuga Heights to Rt 13 and Lansing.


3.1 Cornell Campus- Congestion, Ped/Bike safety, Poor parking and transit access to Cornell.
3.2 University Ave/Forest Home Dr- Ped safety, sidewalks not continuous.
3.3 Forest Home- Congestion, Ped/Bike safety, Pollution (noise, dust, fumes), Few Fall Creek vehicle
crossings, Problem with traffic flows through Forest Home, Narrow bridges, No shoulders.
3.4 Rt 366, near Tower Rd Ext.- Parking access for Cornell.
3.5 Caldwell Rd- Narrow, steep, no shoulder for ped/bikes.


4.1 N. Triphammer Rd- Excessive speed.
4.2 Grandview Dr/Hillcrest Rd- Bad intersection.
4.3 Hillcrest Rd- Bypass for through traffic around mall.
4.4 Warren Rd (Lansing)- No shoulders, no transit
4.5 Waterwagon Rd/N. Triphammer Rd- Poor alignment, grade, and sight distance.
4.6 East Shore Cir/Rt 34- Poor alignment/design.
4.7 Asbury Rd/N. Triphammer Rd- Poor sight distance, and alignment, Cut off road to S. Lansing.
4.8 Rt 34B, Conlon Rd to Rt 34- Heavy truck traffic, Difficult entering 34B due to traffic.
4.9 Rt 34B/Rt 34 Overlap- Ped/Bike access to schools and recreation areas.
4.10 Rt 34B/Van Ostrand Rd- High commuter volume.
4.11 Atwater Rd- Excessive speed.


5.1 Freese Rd/Hanshaw Rd- Poor sight distance.
5.2 Freese Rd, North of Rt 366- 1 lane bridge, steep, narrow, poor visibility, high school bus volume.
5.3 Hanshaw Rd/Lower Creek Rd- Poor intersection, undersized road.
5.4 Rt 366 (Main St)/Rt 13 (Dryden Rd)- Poor access onto Rt 13 from 366.
5.5 Multi-use trail from Game Farm Rd to Rt 366/Rt 13 intersection is undeveloped.


Working Group Meeting Schedule and Summaries

Meeting Schedule for the NESTS Working Group
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: Transit Center, large conference room
Dates: The following -
  • 12/4/97 (Public Mtg., DeWitt Middle School)
  • 1/29/98
  • 2/26/98
  • 3/26/98
  • 4/30/98
  • 5/16/98 (Public Mtg., DeWitt Middle School)
  • 5/28/98
  • 6/25/98
  • 7/30/98
  • 8/27/98
  • 9/24/98
  • 10/22/98 (held at: 125 E. Court Street)
  • 10/29/98 (Public Mtg., DeWitt Middle School)
  • 11/19/98
  • 12/10/98 (held at: 125 E. Court Street)
  • 1/21/99
  • 2/11/99
  • 2/25/99 (Public Mtg., DeWitt Middle School)
  • 3/11/99
  • 4/29/99
  • 5/13/99
  • 7/29/99 (Final meeting, open to the public, DeWitt Middle School 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.)


Working Group Meeting Summaries

Summaries of every NESTS Working Group meeting, since its inception, can be viewed in the reference section of the Tompkins County Public Library and at the ITCTC Office, 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca, NY.



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