The Route 96 Corridor Management Study evaluated traffic impacts associated with development along the corridor from the Village of Trumansburg to the junction of NYS Routes 96 and 13, and provided recommendations and mitigation strategies. The Study quantified existing and projected traffic and levels of service and evaluated how a nodal development pattern with mixed uses, enhanced transit service, access management, and additional transportation system improvements, including bike and pedestrian facilities, could mitigate the impacts of this traffic. The Study examined the option of promoting development nodes in the vicinities of Cayuga Medical Center and the Hamlet of Jacksonville as well as considered the impacts of anticipated development in the City of Ithaca and Village of Trumansburg, as an alternative to a sprawling suburban and rural development pattern. The final product includes defining the extent of nodal development and identifying specific access and corridor management improvements that could be made to mitigate traffic impacts. Key considerations include identifying multi-modal options in the corridor and protecting livability of impacted areas. The Study has recommendations concerning specific land use regulatory changes and transportation system improvements that would have the effect of reducing the traffic impacts of future development in the corridor.
Route 96 Corridor Management Study Partners
City of Ithaca
Town of Ithaca
Town of Ulysses
Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council
Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit
Final Report #1: State of the Corridor
This first report presents the existing conditions along the Route 96 Corridor, including traffic conditions, physical characteristics of the road and surrounding land, and zoning and land use (both in summary and map format). Additionally, resident survey responses, focus group feedback, and stakeholder interviews are presented here:
Maps 1-10 Scroll through page arrows to see all maps
Final Report #2: Transportation Impact Analysis & Opportunities and Constraints
Technical Report #2 provides the transportation analysis portion of this study and is divided into three main components: traffic projections, traffic impact analysis, and opportunities and constraints analysis. Each of these sections helps to identify what opportunities, issues, and obstacles exist with regard to creating a more livable and desirable corridor.
Final Report #4: Intermunicipal Implementation Strategy
The Route 96 Corridor Management Study Technical Report #4 draws from Technical Reports #1-3 to develop an intermunicipal strategy for mitigating traffic by promoting development in a nodal pattern along the Route 96 corridor. One of the most important outcomes of the Route 96 Corridor Management Study is to succeed in developing an intermunicipal plan of action that supports the individual goals of each community/organization involved in the study and achieves broader regional transportation, housing, and land use goals.
From 2009-2010, legislative bodies governing each of the funding partner organizations involved in the Route 96 Corridor Management Study adopted resolutions regarding this study's findings and recommendations, which are posted below.
At the end of February 2008, we mailed 592 surveys to all residents on the Route 96 corridor in the study area, and we received 174 completed responses. Not counting the 34 surveys that were returned from currently vacant properties, we had an amazing response rate of 31%.
The resident survey asked residents to tell us what makes the Route 96 corridor a desirable place to live, what makes it less than ideal, and what concerns residents have about future growth and development.
On April 1st and 3rd, 2008 we held small focus groups attended by 19 representatives from 17 businesses and institutions on Route 96. This represents a 21% turn out rate for the 80 businesses and institutions that are located in the study area.
A Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis format utilized at these focus groups to encourage discussion and collect insight from business and institution stakeholder.
3) Public Informational Meeting
On April 23rd, 2008 more than 50 members of the public came to the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) to find out about the Route 96 Corridor Study planning process and to preview preliminary findings, including responses from the resident survey and community focus groups. Attendees discussed their ideas and concerns for the future of Route 96. These comments will help shape the quality of life benchmarks for the Study.
4) Public Meeting
On October 28, 2008, a public meeting with more than 30 members of the public was held to discuss the transportation impact analysis findings and strategy recommendations for the Route 96 corridor study area at the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI). At this meeting, attendees learned about the results of Reports #2 and #3, including:
- Projected population growth and future development scenarios;
- Traffic impact analysis;
- Opportunities and constraints of the corridor; and
- Recommendations to mitigate transportation impacts and protect livability.