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ITCTC Completed Projects, Studies and Maps

Link here to Historical transportation documents (pre-ITCTC) at the bottom of the page.


To view specific ITCTC projects, studies, or maps, click on the link in the index below.


  (Chronological by release date, except for the bike map which is updated approximately every two years.)

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan.

 For the most recently updated information visit the Facebook page at

small gold diamondInfrastructure Plan 2-page Overview.

small gold diamondInfrastructure Plan Executive Summary

From 2016 to mid-2017, an “Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Plan for Tompkins County” was coordinated by the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council who, with several other key organizations in the area, formed a Steering Committee to oversee this effort. The purpose of this project was to support Tompkins County in the transition to increased electric vehicle use and to help communities prepare and encourage EV adoption and use. Energetics Incorporated and Clean Communities of Central New York were contracted to help develop the plan. Several reports have been developed from this project that provide background on the topic of EVs and their required charging station infrastructure, and document the results from analyzing the potential to expand EV infrastructure in Tompkins County.

The project reports and criteria tool are described below and can be reached by clicking on the highlighted title.

  • Existing Conditions and Best Practices summarized the current conditions for EV use in Tompkins County, and best practices in the establishment of a charging station network, which included commercially-owned charging stations, municipally or institutionally-owned charging stations, and charging apparatus that may be installed in new homes and businesses, as well as existing buildings.
  • EV Charging Station Site Suitability identified a set of optimal locations for EV charging stations in Tompkins County using a Criteria Tool. The Criteria Tool is in the form of an Excel spreadsheet that collects and analyzes site information to assign a suitability score for potential charging station sites based on the characteristics of that location. This report explains the criteria and associated suitability scores for evaluated sites based on the Criteria Tool
  • Preliminary Engineering and Cost Analysis for EV Charging Stations documented the recommended strategy for installing new EV charging stations at seven different locations in Tompkins County that showed good potential based on the Criteria Tool. In addition to preparing these seven sites for a charging station installation, these locations represent a range of site characteristics that should help other locations estimate the costs to install a charging station based on similarities to these locations.
  • Charging Station Implementation Strategies summarizes opportunities to expand the EV charging station network in Tompkins County. It outlines financing strategies for installing EV charging stations, along with an implementation strategy for Tompkins County to pursue, recommended EV infrastructure investments and other opportunities to increase EV use. 


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2010 Tompkins County (NY) Highway Functional Classification Map

small picture of the map for decorative purposesMap of the Federal Aid eligible roads in Tompkins County and their functional classifications. Prepared by the ITCTC, updated 3/13/2018.


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Complete Streets Network Map

(Prepared by the ITCTC)

The Planning Committee of the ITCTC has identified a well coordinated network of roads to form a Complete Streets Network for the urbanized area of Tompkins County. A ‘Complete Street’ is a street designed and operated to enable safe access for all users regardless of their mode of transportation, so that pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists or public transportation users of all ages and abilities are able to move safely along and across the street. The roadways selected have been inventoried to determine existing complete street design components. Over time, as maintenance and construction takes place on these roads the ITCTC will work with local project sponsors to include additional complete street components. As the network is completed it will tie together numerous residential, employment and activity centers so that travelers will have multiple transportation options to reach their destinations. 

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   2010 Urbanized Area Boundary Map (UAB)

   (Prepared by the ITCTC)

 Section 101 of Title 23 USC, mandates that an Urbanized Area Boundary (UAB) be fixed around urban areas of over 50,000 population, as determined by the United States Bureau of the Census. In urbanized areas, the designation of the Urbanized Area Boundary shall be based on the continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning process carried on by state and local communities. The 2010 Urbanized Area Boundary was redefined by the United States Bureau of the Census based upon the 2010 Census of Population. In 2013, the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council approved the revised 2010 Urbanized Area Boundary as shown in this map.


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 Tompkins County Rideshare Coalition Final Report

Prepared for The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and The New York State Department of Transportation (September 2013)

The objective of this project was to pilot the implementation of automated on-line ridesharing in Tompkins County, NY. Zimride was used as the web based ride matching platform. Four ‘portals’ were developed to serve different communities: three for local institutions of higher education and a fourth for communitywide access. The project was implemented for a period of three years. Results indicate substantial interest in online ridesharing services. Project metrics show impacts in energy savings and emission reductions from displaced potential private vehicle use. By pairing individuals looking for rides with drivers offering empty seats you increase the efficiency of the transportation system with minimal investment. One-time rides proved to be in very high demand, particularly in the college communities.

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Ithaca Neighborhood Greenways

picture of the cover of  greenways planPrepared for the ITCTC by Tom Knipe, April 2011
Master of Regional Planning Candidate, Cornell University, Department of City and Regional Planning

This study supports the City of Ithaca’s efforts to improve multi-modal transportation infrastructure. It offers a detailed draft plan for the development of a network of low-stress bicycle routes designed for casual cyclists to use safely and comfortably. The proposed network is designed with the intent to minimizing parking removal and preserve Ithaca’s functional grid street pattern.

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Multi-Use Trails in Tompkins County, N.Y., (updated March 2016)

black and white drawing of figures hikingThese maps show the status of the planned multi-use trail network for Tompkins County (refer to the 1996 Transportation Trail/Corridor Study). Trails are color-coded on the maps to show existing, in progress, proposed, and to be built in 2016. Trails shown as existing have been built and are open to the public. Trails in progress are those that have been allocated funding and are at some stage in their design or construction. Proposed trails are those that have been identified in plans but have not been funded or advanced in any other way. View the maps:

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Ithaca & Tompkins County Bicycle Map


photo of silhouettes of  two cyclists standing by bikes in front of the lakeThe ITCTC produces a bicycle suitability map of Tompkins County roads. The finished product is a user-friendly full-color road map of the City of Ithaca and Tompkins County offered to the public for free. Our first map was released August 1, 2007; it was updated in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2016. Our 2018 map , released June of 2018, has been updated with current road conditions for biking as well as the addition of points of interest (swimming areas, farmers' markets, hospitals, waterfalls, bike repair locations, parks, trails, visitor's centers, and more).

Additional Information:

  • 2018 Ithaca Bike Survey Executive SummaryBike Walk Tompkins and the ITCTC commissioned a statistical survey of bicycling use and attitudes in and around Ithaca. 
  • Ithaca Neighborhood Biking Map: Produced in 2016 by the City of Ithaca; your guide to riding a bicycle in Downtown Ithaca highlighting bike lanes, trails and bike boulevards for safer city cycling.
  • Know Your Pedestrian and Bicycle Laws, NYSAMPO
  • RIBs (Recycle Ithaca's Bicycles): Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles is a program of the Southside Community Center, Inc. We are a community bicycle maintenance and repair shop offering education and support to Ithaca residents for over 20 years. 530 W Buffalo St, Ithaca, NY 14850

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Park and Ride Feasibility Study - Phase I (June 2005) - Phase II (February 2006)

small map of study area for decorative purposesFor more details visit our Park and Ride web page.

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Northeast Subarea Transportation Study Transit Planning Project (NTPP) - March, 2003

small image of report coverThe purpose of the NTPP was to design a public transportation system for the study area that would reduce current and expected congestion levels in the area roadways based on a thorough feasibility analysis. The proposed public transportation system would seek to implement Recommendation 2 of the NESTS Plan while supporting the Livability Principles described in that document. A long-term goal of this study was to reduce the need for roadway capacity expansion in future years through the implementation of public transportation strategies.

To view the reports, appendices, strategies, maps, presentations, and background information on this project go to the NESTS Transit Planning Project webpage:

Direct link to the final report and technical appendices:

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Tompkins County Pedestrian Facilities Inventory Data Report- October, 2002

small photo of trail leading to Newfield covered bridgeThis report was prepared by Brian Varricchione when he was a candidate for the Master of Regional Planning degree from Cornell University. Data collection was performed as part of a cooperative internship project jointly funded by the ITCTC and the C.U. Dept. of City and Regional Planning.

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Freight Transportation Study (FTS)- June, 2002

small image of Freight Study report cover

This study was undertaken to obtain new data on freight movements in and through the County from which a freight transportation plan could be developed.

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Northeast Subarea Transportation Study (NESTS) - July, 1999

ITCTC logo with yellow backgroundNESTS was a formal corridor analysis whose purpose was to determine if there was 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. The NESTS Transit Planning Project (NTPP) grew out of recommendation 2 of this study.

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Transportation Trail/Corridor Study - March, 1996

ITCTC logo with yellow backgroundThe purpose of this study was to review the status of major corridor preservation opportunities within Tompkins County, to identify corridors with the highest potential for use as a countywide trail system, and to provide more detailed and implementation-oriented planning for a select subset of high priority corridors. This study addressed potential road corridors as well as multiuse trail corridors.

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Historical County Public Transportation Documents (pre-ITCTC)