The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study has initiated work on a new long range transportation plan for the Greater Binghamton Region. This plan is the primary means by which priorities are established for how money will be spent on transportation projects over the coming years. The plan addresses the needs of all users for both personal travel and freight movement. One of BMTS’ guiding principles is that transportation investment must not only provide for better transportation, but also help achieve regional and local development goals.

BMTS is required by federal law to update our long range plan at least once every five years. Our current plan, TRANSPORTATION TOMORROW 2030 ~ PLACEMAKING FOR PROSPERITY, was adopted in September 2005. It can be found on the BMTS website It was an exercise in scenario planning that won national recognition, and led to a focus on revitalizing the urban core communities.
Much of PLACEMAKING FOR PROSPERITY will be retained in the new plan, since our baseline conditions have not changed a great deal. In looking 25 years into the future, there is the intent to develop a new plan element that examines sustainability.
Another of BMTS’ guiding principles is that “We plan best when we plan WITH the community, not FOR the community”. As such, we are beginning work on the long range plan with a series of public meetings. We encourage people to come and share their vision of the future of Greater Binghamton, and to discuss the role transportation plays in achieving that vision. Meetings will be held:
Ö   February 1, 1:30 PM and 6:30 PM Broome County Public Library, 185 Court Street, Binghamton
Ö   February 2, 4:00 PM, Tioga County Office Building, 56 Main Street, Owego
Ö   February 4, 1:30 PM, Johnson City George Korutz Justice Bldg, 31 Avenue C, Johnson City
Ö   February 4, 6:30 PM, Vestal Hills Elementary School, 709 Country Club Rd., Vestal
MEDIA CONTACT:     Steven Gayle, Executive Director


01/26/2010 - 4:17pm