Transportation Working Group The 27 members of the Transportation Working Group included representatives from county planning departments, local municipalities, public transportation providers, non-profit organizations, NYSDOT, the Development Authority of the North Country (DANC), and educational institutions, including Cornell Cooperative Extension and SUNY Canton (Jefferson County). Further regional focus was brought to the group by members from the Adirondack Scenic Railroad and YESeleven, an organization dedicated to improving the Route 11 transportation corridor.
Major themes that emerged from these discussions included the following: • The importance of creating partnerships and inter-county cooperative efforts to most efficiently and cost-effectively design,
implement, and carry through changes to the current county-by-county transit model.
• The importance of investment in street, rail, highway, transit, airport, and fueling infrastructure to promote regional economic
stability and growth.
• Encouraging the use of more efficient modes of transportation, fuel-efficient vehicles, and renewable fuels to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions and negative environmental impacts associated with transportation.
• The need for improved mobility to and within main streets and downtown centers to access services, restaurants, retail stores,
hotels, and recreational opportunities. The Working Group identified a number of opportunities and constraints in the region’s transpor- • The need to expand broadband service to promote telecommuting, reduce vehicle miles traveled, and support small business tation sector and then established regional goals for growth in the region. transportation. Goals and strategies developed around cross-county transit services and better cooperation between counties, fuel usage and GHG emissions, telecommuting and the expansion of broadband service, rail improvements for passengers and freight, connecting transit options to downtown centers, and roadway improvements for corridors passing through main streets and downtown centers. Additional input was gathered from residents and regional stakeholders who convened at one or more public events held during this project’s planning process or who contributed comments to this plan.
North Country Region Sustainability Plan