Photo by Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday announced that $14.2 million has been awarded to 13 counties, cities and regional authorities to modernize and enhance municipally sponsored public transportation services. This State-funded initiative, which is part of a larger $435 million five-year commitment to upstate and downstate suburban services, will enhance consumer convenience through the modernization of bus shelters; deployment of new contactless fare collection systems; and procurement of new, accessible clean-fuel vehicles. "New York continues to lead the nation in building and revitalizing transportation infrastructure that is cleaner, greener and more suitable for the 21st century," Governor Cuomo said. "These strategic investments in public transportation systems will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance services in these communities, once again showing that New York is committed to building a bright, sustainable future." The projects announced today were selected through a competitive solicitation process, which incorporated criteria developed as part of the Governor's initiative to advance Health Across all Policies in New York State. Health Across all Policies is a collaborative approach that integrates health considerations into policymaking across all sectors to improve community health and wellness. New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, "Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York continues to make sustained and historic investments in the health and wellness of upstate communities. In the process we are making our state's communities more transit supportive, walkable and bikeable than at any other point in our state's history." A complete list of the 13 projects receiving funding is below: Southern Tier $1.5 million to Broome County toward the procurement of a chip-enabled contactless fare collection system. $1.5 million to Chautauqua County toward the procurement of clean-fuel hybrid trolleys and associated equipment. $405,000 to Tompkins County toward the procurement a clean fuel electric bus. North Country $980,078 to Lewis County toward the procurement of new clean-fuel buses and related equipment. $300,000 to Franklin County toward the procurement of new clean-fuel buses and related equipment. $1.5 million to St. Lawrence County toward the procurement of new clean fuel buses and related equipment. $120,000 to Clinton County to replace and modernize bus passenger shelters. Long Island $1.5 million to Nassau County toward the procurement of a smart ticketing contactless fare collection system. Mohawk Valley $135,000 to the City of Gloversville toward the procurement of new clean fuel buses and related equipment. $149,500 to Schoharie County toward the procurement of new clean fuel buses and related equipment. Hudson Valley $3 million Westchester County toward the procurement of clean fuel hybrid-electric buses. $136,000 to Ulster County toward the procurement of clean fuel electric vehicles. Western New York $3 million to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority toward enhancements to the Metro Rail customer information and communication systems.