Governor Announces $112.2 Million in Funding to Support Transportation Enhancements Across New York

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Funding Secured will Increase Access for Bicyclists, Pedestrians and Improve Air Quality Statewide

Mid-Hudson Funding Allocations  Total $22.6 million

Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY, NY — April 20, 2017 — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced $112.2 million in funding has been awarded to 81 projects that support bicycle and pedestrian enhancements and improve air quality across New York. Funding supports projects that include multi-use bicycle and pedestrian facilities, new accessible sidewalks that adhere to regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, improved access to public transportation, and enhanced roadway safety.

“This funding is critical to enhancing our infrastructure and paving the way for both pedestrian and bicycle travel,” Governor Cuomo said. “By improving roadway safety and increasing access to healthy transportation alternatives, we are providing both residents and visitors a chance to experience the state’s natural beauty like never before, while supporting a cleaner, greener New York for generations to come.”

The funding, which will provide up to 80 percent of the cost of each project, is made available through the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New York State Department of Transportation. Selected through a competitive solicitation process, awardees presented plans that will increase options for non-vehicular transportation, reduce vehicle emissions or traffic congestion, or both. Including additional public and private funding, these projects will leverage nearly $233 million in construction and operational enhancements that will improve air quality, promote walking and biking, expand public transportation access, and boost tourism across the state.

A full list of projects by region is available below:

Capital Region – $13.1 million
• $2,000,000 to the Capital District Transportation Authority to implement a bikeshare program.
• $680,800 to the Town of Guilderland to construct and connect ADA compliant sidewalks.
• $2,903,760 to the Town of Bethlehem to construct a modern roundabout and a safe sidewalk connection.
• $973,667 to the Town of Bethlehem to construct ADA compliant sidewalks.
• $760,000 to the Town of Greenville to replace and extend sidewalks.
• $551,000 to the Town of Cairo to construct a 2,230 foot multi-use pathway.
• $848,840 to the Town of Clifton Park to construct an ADA compliant multi-use path.
• $1,531,626 to the City of Saratoga Springs to complete the Greenbelt Trail Downtown Connector.
• $1,556,000 to Schenectady County to construct the River/Rosendale Road Roundabout.
• $1,280,000 to the City of Rensselaer to construct the Rensselaer Riverfront Multi Use Trail.

Central New York – $5.5 million
• $800,000 to the Town of Lenox to construct an approximately two mile multi-use trail.
• $344,000 to the Town of Brutus to construct the Brutus Trolley Connection Trail.
• $1,200,000 to the Central New York Region to establish Highway Emergency Local Patrol (HELP) Truck service.
• $1,002,618 to the Village of North Syracuse to construct a Complete Streets Corridor.
• $620,433 to the Village of Fayetteville to replace and extend sidewalks.
• $1,056,321 to the Village of Baldwinsville to construct new ADA compliant sidewalks.
• $500,000 to the City of Oswego to construct ADA compliant sidewalks.

Finger Lakes – $17.8 million
• $1,578,520 to the Town of Seneca Falls to construct new ADA compliant sidewalks.
• $3,328,000 to the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority to provide a Mobile Ticketing System.
• $5,000,000 to the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority to purchase five electric buses.
• $1,004,000 to the City of Rochester to develop a Shared Mobility Program.
• $1,903,750 to the City of Rochester for pedestrian and wayfinding improvements.
• $880,000 to the Town of Perinton to construct ADA compliant sidewalks.
• $1,480,000 to the Town of Webster to construct pedestrian, bicycle and transit improvements.
• $1,780,000 to the Village of Holley to construct ADA compliant curbs and sidewalks.
• $868,826 to the City of Batavia to construct sidewalks and make pedestrian improvements.

Long Island – $2.2 million
• $1,580,000 to the Town of Brookhaven for the construction of 2.1 miles of new sidewalk and 1.2 miles of curbs.
• $362,208 to the City of Glen Cove for Downtown Business District pedestrian improvements.
• $288,000 to the Village of Amityville to construct 500 feet of pedestrian/bicycle path.

Mid-Hudson – $22.6 million
• $2,080,000 to the Mid-Hudson Region to expand Park & Ride capacity in the Taconic State Parkway Corridor (Dutchess County).
• $1,560,000 to the Mid-Hudson Region to expand Park & Ride capacity in the I-84 Corridor (Dutchess County).
• $1,410,768 to Dutchess County to expand public transportation routes and hours of service.
• $1,094,456 to the Town of Hyde Park to construct new ADA compliant sidewalks.
• $300,000 to the Village of Monroe to construct new ADA compliant sidewalks.
• $463,000 to the City of Newburgh for streetscape and sidewalk improvements.
• $1,508,300 to the Ulster County to construct a shared use trail.
• $1,348,524 to the City of Kingston for bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
• $3,518,638 to the City of New Rochelle for Quaker Ridge Road Complete Street improvements.
• $409,952 to the Town of North Salem to construct ADA compliant sidewalks.
• $1,510,000 to the Village of Pleasantville for pedestrian safety improvements.
• $1,211,320 to the City of White Plains to construct pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
• $3,342,000 to the City of Yonkers to convert an abandoned downtown spur of the Old Hudson Railroad into a 2.2 mile multi-use pedestrian trail.
• $850,000 to the Village of Irvington for Main Station Pedestrian Improvements.
• $792,000 to the Town of Greenburgh to construct ADA compliant sidewalks.
• $483,658 to the Village of Sloatsburg for sidewalk improvements.
• $400,000 to Putnam County to construct ADA compliant sidewalks.
• $400,945 to Sullivan County to construct Hurleyville Center pedestrian and cyclist improvements.

Mohawk Valley – $1.4 million
• $1,400,000 to the City of Rome to construct Phase II of the Mohawk River Trail.

New York City – $16.1 million
• $1,440,000 to the New York City Department of Transportation for pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements.
• $5,000,000 to the New York City Department of Transportation for Phase II of the reconstruction of Tillary Street and Adams Street.
• $5,000,000 to the New York City Department of Transportation to construct improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users along Atlantic Avenue.
• $1,650,000 to the New York City Department of Transportation to improve pedestrian safety through the “Safe Steps to Transit” initiative.
• $2,963,705 to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation to construct a bike-only ramp to the Roosevelt Island Bridge.

North Country – $4.9 million
• $760,000 to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to extend the Black River Trail 0.5 miles in the City of Watertown.
• $1,071,200 to Franklin County to construct ADA compliant sidewalks and pedestrian crossings.
• $280,800 to Franklin County to extend and upgrade sidewalks and crosswalks in the Village of Franklin.
• $1,644,800 to the City of Ogdensburg to extend the existing Maple City Rail Trail.
• $1,159,200 to the City of Plattsburgh to construct Phase III of the Saranac River Trail.

Southern Tier – $8.4 million
• $1,182,000 to the Town of Ithaca for sidewalk improvements.
• $1,400,902 to the City of Ithaca for pedestrian, bicycle and transit access improvements.
• $3,132,000 to the City of Elmira to rehabilitate the Lake Street Bridge to accommodate pedestrians, bicycles and other non-motorized users.
• $361,920 to Schuyler County for pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
• $1,102,950 to the Village of North Hornell for pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
• $400,800 to Broome County for sidewalk improvements.
• $525,200 to the Town of Vestal to install new ADA compliant sidewalks and crosswalk upgrades.
• $319,120 to the Village of Sherburne for pedestrian bridge and sidewalk improvements.

Western New York – $20.1 million
• $5,000,000 to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to purchase Compressed Natural Gas buses.
• $4,630,400 for the Western New York Region to partner with Norfolk Southern Railroad to replace two local and yard switcher locomotives to clean technologies.
• $1,520,000 for the Western New York Region to establish Highway Emergency Local Patrol (HELP) Truck service.
• $332,000 to the Western New York Region to optimize traffic flow on Walnut Avenue and Ferry Avenue in the City of Niagara Falls.
• $588,000 to Chautauqua County for shoulder widening for along Dale Drive.
• $1,040,000 to the Town of Grand Island to install ADA compliant sidewalks.
• $1,424,000 to the City of Buffalo to implement Phase I of the City’s Bicycle Master Plan.
• $482,946 to the Village of Springville to construct pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
• $1,338,700 to Erie County to construct Phase II of the pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
• $530,933 to the Town of Niagara to install new ADA accessible sidewalks and curb ramps.
• $511,245 to the City of Niagara Falls to expand the regional bike sharing program.
• $756,000 to the Town of Wheatfield for ADA compliant sidewalk construction.
• $400,000 to the City of Jamestown to develop a comprehensive digital and static wayfinding system to support tourism.
• $976,000 to the Town of Amherst for pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements
• $541,913 to the City of Olean for the Phase II Walkable Olean transformation project.

Senator Charles E. Schumer said, “This massive federal investment will help New York State make important upgrades for pedestrians and bicyclists and, in turn, encourage New Yorkers to travel more by bike or by foot. Increased biking and walking is good for our collective hearts and lungs; it also reduces congestion and helps boost the economy. These transportation improvements demonstrate the types of important local projects that can only be accomplished with direct public investment.”

Congressman Eliot Engel said, “Across the country our infrastructure is crumbling and it requires a greater commitment from every level of government to fix this dire issue. By using these federal funds to make much needed enhancements, Governor Cuomo has ensured that New York is leading the way in reversing the trend on infrastructure deterioration.”

Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey said, “Investing in infrastructure creates good paying jobs, boosts our economy, and improves the lives of Lower Hudson Valley residents. I’m pleased these federal investments will improve pedestrian and roadway safety, and will continue fighting in Congress to rebuild and repair critical infrastructure across Westchester and Rockland.”

Congressman José E. Serrano said, “Better and expanded pedestrian and cycling facilities in urban areas like New York City will encourage the use of alternative modes of transportation and improve air quality. As someone who has made environmentally sustainable cities and clean air a priority during my career in Congress, I am very pleased that New York has been awarded this generous federal funding to increase access and make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate the City.”

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney said, “The Roosevelt Island community has long been waiting for a bike-only ramp to allow cyclists an easy and safe connection to the Roosevelt Island Bridge. Thanks to Governor Cuomo, nearly $3 million in federal dollars are being allocated to this ramp so the connection can become a reality. Cyclists will no longer have to carry their bikes up flights of stairs, or risk their safety by sharing the helix ramp with cars. It’s great that the state, federal government and community are working together to make Roosevelt Island a safer, more accessible place.”

Congressman Paul Tonko said, “Improving our state’s biking and walking trails has numerous economic and public health benefits. These investments promise to open up new transportation options for commuters, residents and tourists alike while promoting physical activity, protecting our air by reducing carbon pollution, and supporting vital economic activity. I applaud Governor Cuomo’s attention to these practical improvements to our city and rural quality of life, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to ensure our stewardship of America’s infrastructure systems.”

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney said, “Working together with Governor Cuomo we can make smart investments – through federal and state funding – in infrastructure projects throughout the Hudson Valley. These improvements will help make our transportation systems more accessible for people with disabilities while improving public roads and expanding pedestrian options.”

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik said, “Enhancing North Country transportation infrastructure helps families and helps grow our economy, and I applaud these important grant announcements in our region. Last Congress, I was pleased to help pass the first long-term transportation bill in a decade, and I remain committed to rebuilding our North Country infrastructure to promote public safety and to create jobs in our district.”

Congressman Lee Zeldin said, “This is key funding to improve walkability and bicycle access in the Town of Brookhaven. Last Congress, I proudly helped lead the bipartisan effort to pass the highway bill, which secured funding for the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG). Our transportation and infrastructure are essential to the Long Island economy, way of life and safety, and I will continue working to ensure that states and local governments have the flexibility and resources necessary to strengthen our infrastructure and improve transportation safety, job creation, and our overall economy and quality of life.”

Congressman Adriano Espaillat said, “Today’s announcement further modernizes New York State’s transportation systems and enhances the quality of life for residents throughout the state. This also a testament to Governor Cuomo’s commitment to thinking forward to invest in biker and pedestrian safety and projects that continue to enhance and maintain the local economic and community developments that make our state attractive to tourists and businesses from around the world.”

Congressman Thomas Suozzi said, “This is great news for the people of Glen Cove, Queens and throughout the State. New York deserves more funding from the federal government as we are a huge net donor to the federal government. Infrastructure dollars are a good way to bring money back to the district.”

Congressman Claudia Tenney said, “Infrastructure preservation and improvements in the Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier are vitally important as they will help to ensure that residents in our small metro areas have better access to important resources throughout our communities, including public transportation.”

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll said, “Governor Cuomo continues to make strategic investments that address the increased demand for more walkable and bikeable communities. Promoting local transportation alternatives, tourism and recreation opportunities will enhance regional economic development opportunities and are indicative of the historic commitment New York State is making in transportation infrastructure.”

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SOURCE: New York State, Executive Chamber, Press Office

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