Chip Northrup New York

Eliminate Highway Buses From Cooperstown Residential Streets

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Heavy vehicles, such as highway buses, do more road damage per bus than thousands of cars. They spew diesel exhaust and block traffic on residential streets. As much as possible, heavy vehicles should be routed away from Cooperstown's residential streets.

Heavy vehicles can use state and county roads by right. The use of Village residential streets is entirelyat the discretion of the Village.

For instance, the Village can and should re-route highway bus traffic off its streets to the peripheral North and South parking lots that are served by the Village Trolley.

Tour buses should not be allowed to stop on Main Street. Tour buses can drop their passengers at the North or South lots, and their passengers can take the Village Trolley into the Village. This will eliminate most tour buses from all Village streets - Chestnut, Main, River and Lake. All other attractions - the Otesaga Hotel, Farmers Museum and Fenimore Museum - provide bus access on private property. The Hall of Fame should provide highway bus access on its east side, on private property, not depend solely on Main Street.

Trolleys or similar shuttle buses can be used to serve the Dreams Park in addition to Ommegang and the museums.

Additionally, we are petitioning that heavy vehicles - over 20,000 pounds - be prohibited from using Village single family residential streets. This can be done without impacting EMS, Otsego Transit, UPS, construction vehicles, moving vans, school buses or deliveries of goods to Main Street or Bassett.

Please join us in this effort and share with other Cooperstown residents.

Thank you,

The Northrups and the Howarths

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