Master of Regional Planning Candidate,
Cornell University, Department of City and Regional
This study supports the City of Ithaca’s
efforts to improve multi-modal transportation infrastructure.
It offers a detailed draft plan for the development
of a network of low-stress bicycle routes designed for
casual cyclists to use safely and comfortably. The proposed
network is designed with the intent to minimizing parking
removal and preserve Ithaca’s functional grid
Report of High-Crash Road Segments and Intersections in
Tompkins County, N.Y.
Prepared by the ITCTC
This year the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation
Council (ITCTC) analyzed traffic accident data for the
first time. The traffic accident data was downloaded
for each municipality from the New York State Department
of Transportation (NYSDOT)’s ALIS database (Accident
Location Information System) for the years 2000 through
2010. This database utilizes all crashes reported to
the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
NOTE: The ALIS database only includes
crash data for ‘public’ roads and intersections.
Therefore this analysis does not include crash data
for Cornell University and Ithaca College – which
are ‘private’ roads.
in November 2010, shows the status of the planned
multi-use trail network for Tompkins County (refer to
the 1996 Transportation Trail/Corridor
Study). Trails shown as existing have been built and
are open to the public. Trails in progress are those that
have been allocated funding and are at some stage in their
design or construction. Proposed trails are those that
have been identified in plans but have not been funded
or advanced in any other way.
The ITCTC produces
a bicycle suitability map of Tompkins County roads.
The finished product is a user-friendly full-color map
of the City of Ithaca and Tompkins County offered to
the public for free. Our first map was released August
1, 2007; it was updated in 2008 and 2010. Just
released on August 20, 2013 is our 2013 map
which has been updated with current road conditions
as well as the addition of points of interest (swimming
areas, farmers' markets, hospitals, waterfalls, bike
repair locations, parks, etc.).
Anyone interested in obtaining a large quantity of maps
(one case contains 240) is encouraged to contact the
ITCTC at 274-5570.
ITCTC staff has compiled road construction
information from local partners.
projects that will have an impact on traffic for at least
a 24-hour period are presented in map
and table format. The table provides
the project name, description, location, as well as the
start and finish dates, if known.
The purpose of the NTPP was to design
a public transportation system for the study area that
would reduce current and expected congestion levels
in the area roadways based on a thorough feasibility
analysis. The proposed public transportation system
would seek to implement Recommendation 2 of the NESTS
Plan while supporting the Livability Principles described
in that document. A long-term goal of this study was
to reduce the need for roadway capacity expansion in
future years through the implementation of public transportation
To view the reports, appendices, strategies,
maps, presentations, and background information on this
project go to the NESTS Transit Planning Project webpage:
Pedestrian Facilities Inventory Data Report- October,
report was prepared by Brian Varricchione when he was
a candidate for the Master of Regional Planning degree
from Cornell University. Data collection was performed
as part of a cooperative internship project jointly funded
by the ITCTC and the C.U. Dept. of City and Regional Planning.
Subarea Transportation Study (NESTS) - July, 1999
NESTS was a formal corridor analysis
whose purpose was to determine if there was a need for
additional capacity and safety improvements, congestion
management, and improved Transportation Systems Management/Transportation
Demand Management (TSM/TDM) for the Northeast area of
The study included an analysis of the
possible problems that lead to congestion and proposed
a range of possible solutions intended to improve current
and future traffic conditions in the study area. The
NESTS Transit Planning Project (NTPP)
grew out of recommendation 2 of this study.
purpose of this study was to review the status of major
corridor preservation opportunities within Tompkins County,
to identify corridors with the highest potential for use
as a countywide trail system, and to provide more detailed
and implementation-oriented planning for a select subset
of high priority corridors. This study addressed potential
road corridors as well as multiuse trail corridors.