Thruway Authority Issues Request for Expressions of Interest to Redevelop Service Areas on 570-mile Superhighway through Public-Private Partnerships
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Thruway Authority has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest to redevelop all 27 New York State Thruway Service Areas through public-private partnerships, a proposal the Governor announced in his 2018 State of the State address.
The RFEI invites interested parties in the hospitality, tourism, travel, freight transportation and public sectors to provide input on operational, logistical and environmental components which may be used in the future development of a Request for Proposal. A RFP to redevelop 16 Thruway Service Areas is scheduled to be released later this year. The remaining 11 Service Areas will be included in a RFP released at a later date.
"With this action, we're taking another important step to reimagine and modernize New York's transportation network so that it can continue to support our growing economy," Governor Cuomo said. "These service areas offer an opportunity to showcase New York products and attractions while providing customers with modern conveniences and services they expect while traveling our roads."
In his 2018 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo proposed several environmental initiatives for the redevelopment of the Service Areas, such as making the locations Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified, as well as installing solar arrays and irrigation-free landscaping. The Governor also proposed increasing truck parking and commercial services, expanding and enhancing customer-friendly offerings, and modernizing the entire service area, farm stands and tourism centers, to better serve all motorists who travel the Thruway.
"Governor Cuomo continues to move our transportation system and service to travelers forward with his initiative to redevelop the Thruway Service Areas," Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said. "The ideas submitted from industry leaders and our motorists will help shape the future of our Service Areas and reflect upgraded operations, evolving customer preferences and the incorporation of environmental best practices."
The Thruway Authority's 27 Service Areas are located across the 570-mile system, which spans from New York City to Buffalo and the Pennsylvania border, and are accessible to the 250 million vehicles that travel on the Thruway system every year. Thruway Service Areas are open 24 hours a day and offer motorists unique food and retail options and a fueling site. Several locations also have high-speed electric vehicle charging stations, Taste NY Farm Markets, and Tourism Information Centers.
Along with the RFEI, a customer survey has also been distributed to gather input about amenities travelers would like to see at the Thruway Service Areas.
The RFEI is available for download at the NYS Thruway Authority's website (Bid ID 18C06). Responses to the RFEI are due by May 25, 2018.
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