In 1996, the East End Supervisors and Mayors Association created the East End Transportation Council (EETC) to work with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council and its member agencies in an effort to develop insight into, and possible solutions to, the growing transportation problems on the East End. The Sustainable East End Development Strategies (SEEDS) initiative was developed as a federally funded pilot project and cutting-edge way to address regional transportation issues in conjunction with local land use policies.
The East End Transportation Council seeks to improve transportation options on the East End reflecting a regional vision to protect and enhance the natural and rural landscape, as well as the hamlet centers. Land use and sustainable transportation solutions are linked and need to be pursued in concert.
Studies & Findings
In 2005, the SEEDS / EETC findings and recommendations were presented at a regional Transportation Summit attended by stakeholders, including 28 elected officials.
In 2006, 11 East End municipalities signed an agreement of cooperation on land use and transportation, one of the key SEEDS based Summit recommendations. The towns participating in this agreement include East Hampton, Riverhead, Southold, and Southampton. The incorporated Villages are East Hampton, Greenport, North Haven, Sagaponack, Sag Harbor, Southampton, and Westhampton Beach.
A followup study focused on public transportation options for the East End was completed in 2009. This study was funded by a NYS Shared Municipal Services Grant and was conducted by the Volpe National Transportation Systems on behalf of the Five East end Towns. The Town of Southampton acted as the lead municipality managing the project, working with the East End Transportation Council and members of Five Town Rural Transit, a local advocacy group.
Sustainable East End Development Strategies
Sustainable East End Development Strategies, a federally funded sustainable development study piloted by NYMTC and the East End Transportation Council. Read through the study report.
East End Regional Transportation Study 2009
Dual-Concept for a Coordinated and Flexible Rail and Bus Network on Eastern Long Island. Prepared by the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center on behalf of the Towns of East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton, and Southold. Funding was provided by a New York State Department of State Shared Municipal Services Incentive Grant. See the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center reports provided below.