The Genesee Transportation Council is looking for public feedback on nearly 80 recommendations in five categories as part of its development of the Long Range Transportation Plan 2045.
The purpose of the plan is to establish transportation priorities and strategic direction for the nine-county Genesee-Finger Lakes region. Federal, state and local governments will use LRTP 2045 to guide transportation investment decision-making in the region in the next 25 years.
The draft recommendations are a result of an assessment of the current transportation system, emerging issues and opportunities and the input received from the public gathered last summer about existing needs and conditions. Each of the recommendations falls into categories that include health and safety; access and equity; system management and maintenance; sustainability and resilience; and economic development.
Fifteen projects have been recommended in the health and safety category, including ongoing plans to ensure pedestrian and bicyclist safety; the adoption of Complete Streets policies; and promoting studies to rehabilitate older multi-use trails. Near and medium-term projects include evaluating rural intersections for redesign and reconfiguring pedestrian facilities at intersections.
In the access and equity category, recommendations include enhancing access to public rights-of-way by installing ADA-compliant treatments at transportation facilities; exploring ways to increase county-to-county transit connections; and tying street design to transit-supportive enhancements at bus stops; among other things.
Recommendations in the system management category include actions to optimize transportation system performance through Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) deployments that enable operators to monitor and manage transportation infrastructure. ITS implementation also maximizes the value of limited public resources through joint service delivery, the report notes.
Recommendations in the sustainability and resilience category focus on actions to prevent hazards from damaging assets and disrupting services. They seek to protect infrastructure from anticipated hazard impacts and ensure that impacted systems and structures have redundant elements to avoid catastrophic failure. In addition, the recommendations consider how post-hazard recovery activities, including both short-term response and long-term restoration, can be integrated into the transportation planning process.
The report suggests that the transportation system as currently configured is not a barrier to economic development and growth.
“As we look to the next 25 years, it is essential that the region continues to maintain the existing system in a state of good repair, augments last-mile connections and improves access to destinations,” according to the report.
In the economic development category, 14 recommendations are made including projects in parking management, wayfinding systems, last-mile access and e-commerce support.
“Across all recommendations, LRTP 2045 looks to make the region a more equitable place by increasing access and mode choice, along with reducing health disparities through investments. The future transportation system will not hinder residents’ ability to pursue economic and social opportunities or negatively impact their well-being,” the report states. “GTC could initiate some of these programs, but successful implementation will require strong partnerships with public agencies and community organizations.”
GTC will host two online public information meetings to discuss the recommendations. The first session will be on Feb. 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. The second session will be on March 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Both sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing. Individuals may access a list of the draft recommendations and submit comments online by visiting publicinput.com/LongRangeTransportationPlan.