About the Project
Regional Transportation Educator,
Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County
Denise Bentley Consulting
Background - The Regional Transportation Study
A lack of reliable transportation, especially in rural areas, can severely affect a person’s quality of life and access to critical needs such as health care and employment. Not being able to access health care or maintain employment, even for short periods of time, can lead to a rapid decline in one’s overall circumstances. The Move Together NY project takes a regional approach to addressing mobility constraints and has the potential to offer improved connections and transportation information.
The Regional Transportation Study (RTS) which was completed in 2013, was a collaborative undertaking involving many agencies, organizations and individuals interested in improving transportation and mobility options. The impetus for the RTS was to generate recommendations leading to more and better management of mobility alternatives for inter-county travel in the Study Area, with the following objectives:
Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of existing mobility services across all modes of transportation
Develop and market real mobility choices to the public
Enable coordination among counties to provide the best possible cost effective transportation programs for the Study Area
(RTS Executive Summary, p. 15)
The Executive Summary with the complete list of recommendations for achieving these objectives, the full study, and other resources can be found here.
The Move Together NY Project
The Move Together NY project is an initiative of Way2Go, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, focused on improving regional collaboration and moving forward on regional transportation efforts. The project strives to build the capacity of our region’s transportation network by raising awareness of existing services, fostering collaboration, and sharing educational resources and materials that are relevant to our region as a whole. The current focus of the project is to improve access for people with limited mobility options to medical care and employment, particularly in rural areas and where cross county travel is required.
Coordinated Transportation Efforts have many benefits. To read more, visit http://nationalcenterformobilitymanagement.org/coordinated-services/
The intention of this project is not to duplicate any existing efforts or programs , or to compete with existing entities for financial resources, but rather to build successful partnerships to improve the overall transportation experience we can offer to our residents.
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