Smoother ride in store for Ithaca?

By Caroline Goggin

June 17, 2014 Updated Jun 18, 2014 at 5:47 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Ithaca is considered the most walked-in city in New York.

With 49 percent of its population walking to work everyday, it's no wonder that the city may receive an $11,000,000 grant to promote public transportation.

"Widen the sidewalks, reduce some of the parking on that street. Widen the car lanes so the buses aren't weaving in and out," said Chief of Staff Kevin Sutherland. "By providing better road infrastructure, we can assure that the buses can get there on time."

Sutherland told Action News that improving the city's transportation will reduce the carbon footprint.

Officials at city hall also believe that the $17,000,000 proposal could expand on public safety, boost economic business, and build upon the current bus system.

"Ithaca has one of the highest rates of public transportation usage per capita. We're a small city but we're very transit intensive," commented Service Department Manager of TCAT Doug Swarts. "People here support transit, they use it, that's proof in the numbers."

With 55 percent of the city using public transportation, Ithaca's leaders hope this is the year for change.

"There is a larger pool of money available. I'm sure it's going to actually encourage more potential recipients. But we are hopeful that they will allow us to receive it this time," added Sutherland.

The city has attempted to repair one of it's main roads, Stewart Avenue, with asphalt. Unfortunately, the brick road still is in disrepair.

Sutherland said that this will be the most expensive part of the project.

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