FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Task Force to Present County Executive with Transportation Report

MaryEllen Odell
County Executive
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Vincent Tamagna, Chairman
Transportation Task Force
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June 7, 2013
Task Force to Present County Executive with Transportation Report
Putnam County Transportation Task Force Chairman Vincent Tamagna will present County Executive MaryEllen Odell with the final report and findings gathered over the last four months by the Task Force members on Monday, June 10 at 10 a.m. in the Executive Conference Room on the 3rd floor in the Putnam County Office Building, 40 Gleneida Avenue in Carmel.
County Executive MaryEllen Odell said she is looking forward to receiving the report.
“It has always been my feeling that we could have a more efficient and cost effective County wide transportation system,” said Odell
“I’m really very proud of all the work the Task Force put into this report,” said Tamagna. “We’ve looked at cost savings. We’ve looked at improving service and safety.  We’ve looked at every aspect of public transportation and how we may enhance it.”
The 28-page Executive Report includes maps, surveys and graphs and offers 26 recommendations for improving the county-wide transportation system. Among the 26 recommendations are ideas and strategies for establishing a Transportation Advisory Council, promoting the use of public transportation within school districts, initiating advertising on buses and marketing the new routes. Other considerations are additional routes with shorter riding times, an East/West shuttle, a Tourism shuttle and rush hour commuter shuttles.
Members of the Task Force include Tamagna, Commissioner of Social Services Michael Piazza, Commissioner of Health Dr. Allen Beals, Director of the Office for Aging Pat Sheehy, Deputy Chairman of the Legislature Anthony DiCarlo, Putnam County Senior Planner John Pilner, Visiting Nurse Services  of Putnam County Manager Loretta Molinari, Executive Director Tina Cornish-Lauria from CAREERS for People with Disabilities and Putnam County Chambers of Commerce Chairwoman Jen Maher.