Part of $144.6 Million Investment to Enhance Access for Bicyclists and Pedestrians, and Improve Air Quality Statewide
Supports State's "Health Across All Policies" Initiative
Investment Complements "Southern Tier Soaring" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $6.5 million in new funding has been awarded for six projects that support bicycle and pedestrian enhancements, as well as projects specifically targeted toward improving air quality in the Southern Tier. This new infrastructure investment, which is part of a $144.6 million investment statewide, will support the construction of new multi-use bicycle and pedestrian facilities, new ADA accessible sidewalks, improved access to public transportation and enhanced roadway safety.
"New York State is making historic, nation-leading investments in cleaner and more sustainable transportation infrastructure which is crucial to the growth of local economies," Governor Cuomo said. "These investments in bike and pedestrian enhancements across the state will help revitalize communities, reduce our carbon footprint and demonstrate once again that New York is building for the future."
"We're investing in infrastructure initiatives across the state to improve transportation and quality of life in our communities," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We are committed to providing funding to ensure that enhancements are made to increase access and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. These projects are improving air quality and revitalizing communities, helping to increase tourism and strengthen the economy of New York State."
Statewide, these projects will spur additional investment of more than $215 million, including public and private support, in local enhancements that will revitalize communities, promote tourism and enhance regional economic competitiveness.
The projects announced today were 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. 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 directly by the New York State Department of Transportation.
This funding also supports Governor Cuomo'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.
A full list of projects for the Southern Tier is available below:
- $535,000 to the Village of Cayuga Heights for the Walking Safe pedestrian accessibility enhancement program
- $732,000 to Broome County for new pedestrian accessibility enhancements along Chenango Street in the Town of Fenton
- $1.5 million to the Town of Dryden to complete the construction of the Dryden Rail Trail
- $850,000 to Chemung County to construct a new north-south bicycle friendly corridor
- $1.2 million to the City of Ithaca to construct the new Black Diamond Trail Bridge over Flood Control Channel
- $1.7 million to the Village of Stamford for new pedestrian accessibility enhancements along Main Street
New York State Department of Transportation Chief of Staff Todd B. Westhuis said, "Smart investments in all transportation sectors by Governor Cuomo are helping to spur economic growth in local communities across New York State. People want more access to pedestrian and bicycle-friendly accommodations in their communities, and these grants will encourage healthy living and create new opportunities for these popular modes of transportation, while improving air quality and quality of life."
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "Governor Cuomo's comprehensive plan to overhaul New York's transportation systems is a holistic approach to building cleaner, safer, and more sustainable communities. The projects announced today will reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality in communities across the state, paving the path to a cleaner and greener future for generations to come."
Senator Tim Kennedy, Chair of the Senate's Transportation Committee, said, "With these new funding awards, New York State is investing not just in our infrastructure, but in the health and wellness of all New Yorkers. We are reducing emissions, encouraging physical activity, and strengthening neighborhoods by providing options for non-vehicular transportation. I applaud the state for directing these funds into such worthy projects and I will continue to work towards expanding our state's network of trails, bike lanes, and pedestrian paths."
Assembly Member William B. Magnarelli, Assembly Transportation Committee Chair, said, "Funding Transportation enhancements is a vital way the state can continue to improve accessibility to regions and attractions unique to New York. New construction of multi-use bicycle and pedestrian facilities, ADA accessible sidewalks, improved access to public transportation and enhanced roadways will continue to improve the safety and accessibility of our area."
Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring
Today's announcement complements "Southern Tier Soaring the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $6.2 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan - attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest.
Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State's $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion - and the region's plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.