Transportation Equity Needs Assessment

The Tompkins County Transportation Equity Coalition invites those that face obstacles in accessing transportation to share their experience through a series of focus groups and a survey to be carried out this September and October.

The results will be used to inform programming and budget priorities for the various transportation service organizations in Tompkins County and to inform decision makers in municipalities and at the County level about the transportation challenges faced by underserved communities in Tompkins County.

A planning group made up of members from the Coalition and the community have been working over the last two months with Claire Stoscheck of Golden Aspen Consulting, LLC (Ithaca, NY) to roll out the needs assessment. The planning group will work through the remainder of 2022 to conduct the focus groups and together interpret the results. Community participation in the planning group has helped to find meaningful ways to engage and hear from unheard voices throughout the community and assist in giving context to the information gathered.

Focus groups will be an hour and a half each and held September 19th-30th. Participants will be compensated $50 for their time as part of a focus group. Sign up by Tuesday, Sept 13th, to be selected to participate in one of six focus groups, by filling out the form at: or call CCE-Tompkins for help with sign up at 607-272-2292 ext. 130. Group size is limited to 8 people per focus group.

For details related to the upcoming focus groups visit:

In addition to the focus groups, there will be a County-wide survey distributed electronically in late October. If you are interested in receiving a survey please send an email to with Transportation Survey in the subject line.

The Transportation Equity Needs Assessment is funded in part by Tompkins County, Park Foundation and NYSERDA.

Last updated August 31, 2022