Funding will Improve Mobility and Public Transportation Options in Upstate New York
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the availability of $32.4 million in funding for capital and operating assistance to support public transportation in rural areas. The funding, available through the Federal Transit Administration, is administered by the New York State Department of Transportation and is provided through the Formula Grants for Rural Areas program.
"Providing efficient and reliable public transportation in rural communities is critical to increasing mobility and accessibility for upstate New Yorkers and to helping ensure future prosperity for their communities," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding will help strengthen the link between rural areas and smaller cities, supporting regional economic growth and increasing ease of access for residents and visitors to our state."
The Formula Grants for Rural Areas program will provide up to 80 percent of capital and 50 percent of operating project-related cost, with the remaining funds provided by New York State and project sponsors. Communities with populations of less than 50,000 are eligible for this funding. Eligible applicants include counties, cities and tribal governments that own and operate or directly contract for rural public transportation services; upstate regional transportation authorities; and multi-county intercity bus services sponsored directly by NYSDOT.
In administering the program, NYSDOT will give preference to public transportation projects that eliminate transportation barriers, as well as improve mobility opportunities in rural areas; encourage and support increased coordination of public transportation services with other human service agency provided transportation services; and ensure a successful Intercity Bus program, which promotes the participation of private providers in both the development and provision of rural public transportation services.
"Governor Cuomo knows the importance of transportation and this program is one more way he is helping to revitalize upstate communities," New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said. "Enhancing mobility is key to strengthening local economies and giving travelers the choices they deserve."
Funding provided through the Federal Section 5311 program will support the annual operating needs of rural public transportation services; address the replacement of existing and addition of new buses for expanded services; support new and expanded mobility management and employment services; maintain and modernize support vehicle facilities; and provide enhanced passenger amenities such as shelters, communication systems and security.
NYSDOT will be accepting applications for this funding through April 10, 2017. Program guidance, applications and webinar schedules can be found here.