Gov. Cuomo Announces $50 Million for Alternative Transportation Projects

By Catherine Yang, Epoch Times
February 10, 2014 Updated: February 10, 2014

Applications for $50 million in new funds are open for alternative transportation projects, tentatively due June 11.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Feb. 10 funding for projects like on and off road bike or pedestrian trails, building on the $67 million granted statewide last month.

Cuomo hopes the effort will help modernize New York, adding not only to safety, but tourism.

“Recreation and tourism create jobs and drive economic growth in the Lower Hudson Valley,” stated Congresswoman Nita Lowey. “With this new federal investment, communities in our region now have access to additional funds that can improve our transportation system for residents and tourists alike, making our communities safer and strengthening our economy.”

Projects can also be infrastructure related, systems that provide safe routes for non-drivers, community improvement activities that relate to road safety, and environmental projects such as flood-control activities. 

Up to 80 percent of the proposed projects can be funded by the awards. The funding will be provided by the Federal Highway Administration and administered by New York State Department of Transportation.

The funds were made available through the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. Congressman Jerrold Nadler stated he and Cuomo intend to pursue more funding for transportation projects in New York.

“This $50 million will create local jobs and increase the safety and availability of a wide range of transportation options throughout New York,” Nadler stated. “Creating more ways for cyclists and pedestrians to travel safely will improve our environment and keep more cars off our already congested roads.”