ALBANY, NY – Western New York will receive $7 million in state and federal funding for public transportation projects.
The monies will support operating assistance, transit capital projects, fleet, facility, and equipment renewal and modernization, and mobility management services in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Niagara Counties, the cities of Niagara Falls and Olean, and the Seneca Nation of Indians.
"Transportation infrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy and the key to future growth," said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who announced the funding. "This funding will bolster upstate mobility operations and help ensure that all New Yorkers, regardless of their location, will have a transportation infrastructure they can rely on."
The funding for Western New York projects includes:
- $576,000 in operating assistance, $323,000 to replace five transit buses, $144,000 for a charging station and communication equipment and $602,000 for projects that support mobility in Allegany County.
- $895,000 in operating assistance, and $428,000 to replace one transit bus for Butler/Blue Bird bus lines across Western New York.
- $617,000 in operating assistance, and $116,000 to replace one transit bus for the City of Olean.
- $822,000 in operating assistance, $851,000 to replace twelve transit buses, $138,000 for communications and technology equipment, and $132,000 for projects that support mobility in Chautauqua County.
- $102,000 in operating assistance, and $38,000 for bike racks and technology equipment for the City of Niagara Falls;
- $216,000 in operating assistance, and $366,000 to replace three transit buses in Niagara County.
- $152,000 in operating assistance to Niagara Frontier Transit Authority.
- $229,000 in operating assistance, $191,000 to replace three transit buses, and $90,000 for facility maintenance for the Seneca Nation of Indians.
The funds are part of $57.7 million in state and federal funding for 136 rural public transportation projects statewide.
The funding will be administered by the New York State Department of Transportation and supported through grants from the Federal Transit Administration. In all, funds will be awarded to 51 program participants including, 39 municipalities, three transportation authorities, one tribal nation, and eight intercity bus operators serving rural areas throughout the state. Collectively, these services support more than five million passenger trips annually and provide a vital role in the rejuvenation of the state's upstate towns and villages.
"This latest infusion of funding for new buses and transportation-related projects in communities across the state will go a long way toward modernizing transit systems and ensuring all New Yorkers have easy access to public transportation," said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.