“It’s a way to reduce their carbon footprint, and at the same time, live a little bit of a healthier life,” said Cook. “It’ll give people the opportunity to think about, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t get in a car,'” said NYSDOT Region 9 Public Information Officer Scott Cook. DOT officials say the new pathway will make shopping along Route 434 and in downtown Binghamton more accessible to both residents and students. “It often does stimulate economic activity, it increases healthiness for the residents in the area, and in most cases it actually brings property value up,” said Cook. The two and a half mile trail, called the Greenway Project, would run mostly down Route 434, connecting downtown Binghamton to Binghamton University. (WBNG) — The New York State Department of Transportation hosted a public hearing session to discuss new plans for a possible trail linking Binghamton and Vestal. The trail is estimated to cost $18.8 million to construct. DOT officials say the cost is worth working toward other methods of sustainable travel. After the public hearing, the DOT plans to work on finalizing plans, with the intent on breaking ground in the Fall of 2020.