Transportation Goal 1: expand and promote the use of alternatives to single-occupant vehicle travel for residents and tourists
In terms of passenger rail, service is currently limited to
The trend in this indicator over time, which uses routinely updated and available data from the American Communities Survey, will indicate the degree to which the regionâ€™s efforts to increase multi-modal transit options is successful.
Amtrak, which provides service along the corridor owned by Canadian Pacific on the eastern side of the region, and the Adirondack Scenic Railroadâ€™s tourist service, which runs between Utica and Thendara, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid. Many regional stakeholders are in favor 1. of a high-speed rail, but an analysis of a high-speed rail option is beyond the scope of this plan. However, such an analysis would likely support the Transportation Working Groupâ€™s goal to provide an improved transportation option for those traveling between the North Country and either the downstate region or Montreal.
Baseline Assessment Percentage of commuters traveling via carpool, public transportation, biking, and walking: 18.5%. Table 6-1 (on following page) provides a breakdown of commuting, by travel type per county.
Percentage of people commuting via walking, biking, transit, and carpooling.
suggested targets Increase baseline to 20% by 2020, and 25% by 2035. This goal can be attained through a combination of increased public transportation service, better promotion of carpooling, and land use decisions that result in more individuals living close to town and village centers, improving access to public transportation services, and making it feasible to bike or walk to destinations.
North Country Region Sustainability Plan