What is the BMTS? Where is transportation in the Broome-Tioga region taking us in the next 25 years? And WHERE'S MY  FLYING CAR?!

Executive Director of the Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study, Jennifer Yonkoski is the guest on the weekly, local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up and explains what the panel does when it comes to planning everything from allocation of funds for road improvements, to anticipating future transportation trends.  Who thought about Uber or self-driving cars 20 years ago?

Kathy Whyte/WNBF News photo Jennifer Yonkoski, BMTS executive director
Kathy Whyte/WNBF News photo Jennifer Yonkoski, BMTS executive director

The BMTS is in the process of updating its long-range transportation plan, Moving Our Future Forward:2045 Transportation Plan.

Yonkoski says the issues go beyond moving people from one place to another and extend to growing the economy and communities and accommodating new technology.  Who knows? You may be able to charge your electric car from an outlet set in the curb.

Transportation officials have even been reaching out to residents who won't be thinking about driving for years, taking input from children at an event at Recreation Park in Binghamton. (Flying cars remain high on the wish-list for that group.)

In the not-so-distant future, the BMTS is preparing to release its Capital Program plan in October that will outline funding for projects residents will actually be seeing over the next several months.

Southern Tier Close Up is heard Saturdays at 12:10 p.m. following Joe Stanley, You and the Law on News Radio 1290 WNBF.


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