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NYS DOT announces $18 million to reduce traffic congestion & vehicle emissions in Western New York

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Mon, Jun 24th 2024 01:00 pm

Funds provided through Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, Carbon Reduction Program

Submitted by the New York State Department of Transportation

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez announced $18 million in funding was awarded to support community-based investments that reduce vehicle emissions and congestion in Western New York. Funds were awarded to projects in the region that improve traffic flow, improve pedestrian accessibility, facilitate use of alternative fuel vehicles or broaden public transit services. The funding was part of $61.4 million that was awarded to 21 projects across the state.

“These community-based projects reaffirm New York’s nation leading commitment to the environment put forward by Gov. Hochul,” Dominguez said. “By investing in projects that will lessen congestion and the pollution associated with idling, as well as limiting the environmental impact of carbon, we are not only helping to fight climate change, but also helping to facilitate local economic development and improving quality of life.”

The funding was made available through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and administered by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT); and is provided through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ), and the Carbon Reduction Program (CRP).

CMAQ and CRP are helping New York state meet its long-term climate change goals established by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act by focusing on reducing transportation-related emissions and alleviating traffic congestion to advance environmental sustainability, enhance air quality, and improve transportation equity.

CMAQ/CRP awarded projects include:

√ $3,576,000 to the Town of Amherst for the reconfiguration of the Maple Road and North Bailey Avenue intersection.

√ $1,324,800 to the City of Buffalo for electric bicycles with docking areas, an electric 20-car sharing program, and electric vehicle charging stations at various city-owned lots.

√ $5,000,000 to the Town of Clarence to construct sidewalks on both sides of the streets within the Hamlet of Clarence Center.

√ $1,656,834 to the City of North Tonawanda for the upgrade of traffic signals at 19 intersections.

√ $5,000,000 to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to aid in the purchase of 10 40-foot battery electric buses and related charging infrastructure.

√ $1,424,115 to the Seneca Nation of Indians to connect trails throughout the Seneca Nation’s Allegany Territory.

Projects were selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated based on established criteria that included public benefit, air quality improvements, cost-effectiveness, and partnerships. Projects must be related to the surface transportation system and provide full access to the public.

The CMAQ/CRP project awards amount to no less than $500,000 and no more than $5 million for any single project. NYSDOT will provide up to 80% of the total eligible project costs with a minimum 20% match provided by the project sponsor. Eligible project costs may include planning, design/engineering services, right-of-way acquisition, construction, and construction inspection.

The $61.4 million in CMAQ/CRP awards were distributed throughout the state to five separate towns, two villages, three cities, and one county among others. The types of projects were broken into four categories:

√ $28.4 million to improve traffic flow congestion, mitigation, and safety enhancements. The awards will improve and mitigate traffic congestion and result in decreased vehicle idling and emissions as well as reduce vehicle crashes.

√ $15 million to advance alternative fuel buses in New York state. The awards will help New York advance its commitment toward environmental sustainability through zero-emission battery electric buses and hydrogen fuel buses.

√ $13.2 million to advance ADA pedestrian accessibility. The awards will address pedestrian safety concerns and provide safe, contiguous, non-vehicular, ADA-compliant connections to transit stops, health care facilities, restaurants, and educational and religions institutions.

√ $4.8 million to broaden public transit services. The awards will introduce increase access to public transit by introducing new public transit services, increasing transportation options, providing quicker trips, and lower the cost per trip.

New York State Sen. Jeremy Cooney, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, said, “These funds have the potential to both improve the efficiency of our transportation systems and create cleaner, healthier communities. With climate change continuing to impact the daily lives of New Yorkers, I applaud Gov. Hochul for recognizing the creative ways transportation can contribute to a more sustainable future in New York.”

Assembly member William Magnarelli, chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, said, “The funding announced today is a significant step in helping to reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. The $5 million awarded to CENTRO will allow it to take the first steps in transitioning to a zero-emission bus fleet with its first purchase of hydrogen buses. This is welcome news for Central New York.”

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