Chemung Transportation Council hosts open house
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - The future of transportation was up for review Tuesday night by the public at the Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council's open house event.
The open house was held at Downtown Grind Cafe in Elmira. The goal of the event was for transportation officials to share a draft update of the area's "Long Range Transportation Plan" for Chemung County. This plan is what ECTC does every five years to look at the next twenty years. During the event, officials laid out their priorities and vision, asking the public for their feedback.
"We're also looking at some potential expansion to the trail network, which I think is really exciting. Some other projects, like looking at some of the major roadways and seeing how they can be made more safe for not only cars but bicyclists and pedestrians as well," says Nicolette Wagoner, Director of ECTC.
Officials say the plan was last updated in 2015, however they started planning this project roughly a year ago. ECTC says the plan must be approved by their policy committee, which is made up of local officials by this December.
Wagoner added, "The next step is we just move into actually doing the projects. So every year, aside from this particular long-range plan we do what's called, a UPWP, which is an annual work plan and that lays out the projects that we're going to do that year. So this will help inform that process too."
If you missed the open house, officials say you can still view the plan and give your input. For details click here.