Transportation & Traffic Safety

http://www.southamptontownny.gov/137/Town-Council-OfficeThe Transportation and Traffic Safety Office currently has four primary areas of focus.

Traffic Safety

A primary area of responsibility for this division is Traffic Safety. This involves non-emergency functions such as the

  • Review of roadway conditions such as speed limits, traffic volume and accident data on select roads for use in evaluating the need for further engineering study; or consideration of possible traffic control/traffic calming measures.
  • Manage the process for hiring outside engineering consultants as deemed necessary to conduct traffic safety related studies.
  • Advise the Town Highway Department and/or Police Department of roadway related concerns brought to the attention of this office.
  • Review of parking issues as they relate to safety and transportation matters.
  • Input on select Town projects and development proposals with regard to traffic impact and possible mitigation. 
  • Preparation of Town Board resolutions required to modify Town Code Vehicle and Traffic regulations.

This function entails a close working relationship with:

Transportation Commission

The Intermodal Transportation Division coordinates the activities of the Southampton Town Transportation Commission. whose members are volunteers from the community appointed by the Town Board.  The Town Transportation Director serves as the executive director of the commission.

Public Transportation

The Intermodal Transportation Division also handles Town matters relating to public transportation. The responsibilities involved in the transportation sector include:

  • Providing recommendations to the Town Board and others on various transportation topics.
  • Coordinating and supporting community transportation services run by the town Department of Human Services.
  • Managing the South Fork Commuter Connection coordinated train and bus service
  • Working within the Town, as well as with County and State officials, to improve biking and pedestrian infrastructure to support alternative transportation choices
  • Working with the Long Island Rail Road and Suffolk County Transit to advocate for improved public transportation programs that are beyond the direct control of the town.

This advocacy effort occurs on both a town and regional basis and involves working with both the private sector as well as elected officials and agencies at the county, state, and federal level that are involved in providing or funding transportation services.

Comprehensive Fleet Management Assessment & Plan

In 2011, in conjunction with the Municipal Works Director, the Transportation Office was assigned to develop a comprehensive Fleet Management Assessment and Plan. The initial assessment led to a series of recommendations involving fleet size reduction, improvement in fuel management systems, vehicle purchasing procedures and other operations.

These recommendations are now being implemented and managed on a phased in basis by the Municipal Works Department and Transportation Office.

East End Transportation Council

From 2001-2014 much of the regional planning and advocacy effort was coordinated through the East End Transportation Council (EETC), an advisory body to the East End Supervisors and Mayors Association (EES&MA). The EETC is currently inactive, however the regional transportation and land use studies and reports prepared when it was operating can be accessed through this link.