BMTS Talks Progress and Future Plans

By Kelly McCarthy

BMTS Talks Progress and Future Plans

February 7, 2013 Updated Feb 8, 2013 at 2:02 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study Committee is one step closer to making significant changes in the name of safety at a problematic intersection.

The intersection at East Clinton and Front Street is a dangerous place for pedestrians and large trucks.

Efforts over the years to fix the intersection will finally be paid off.

Transportation committee members say federal highway safety money will pay for fixes to the intersection and nearby railroad bridges, which pose challenging for semi trucks whose drivers think they can make the clearance.

"Incorporated with that would be lowering the roadway underneath the railroad bridge," said BMTS Director Cyndi Paddick."So we'll get better results. It will be a safer intersection at the signal, and we'll also hopefully no longer will have the truck hits onto the railroad bridge. So that's a great project."

The BMTS committee is in charge of distributing federal funds to urban projects in parts of Broome and Tioga counties.

The group will also study whether Broome County Transit buses could run on natural gas. And whether making the switch from diesel is cost effective.

They discussed a wide variety of upcoming projects in the area, but they all shared one similar concern: Getting community feedback.

"If they have any particular concerns about transportation, that they don't have or do have, where there are gaps, so we can put that in our plan too," Paddick said.

Among those ready for public input: A pedestrian plan, which hasn't been updated since1996 geared toward improvements like crosswalk safety and proper signage.

The group is also evaluating a plan that's looking into incorporating more human services in the area.

Click Here to be directed to the Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study website.