AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today cheered the advance of five Capital Region transportation projects totaling $19,955,000 that he pushed to fund as part of the major surface transportation legislation out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee. The must-pass package, called the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, now heads to the House floor.
“Bold investments in our Capital Region infrastructure will create untold opportunity to bring forth new jobs, bolster our economy and support our communities,” Congressman Tonko said. “I worked hard alongside a team of dedicated local leaders and organizations who identified their most urgent local needs and offered bold visions for addressing them. I am proud to announce that these projects have advanced out of committee in our must-pass surface transportation legislation. I will work tirelessly to ensure every one of these laudable projects receive the federal funding they deserve.”
Capital Region projects advanced as part of the surface transportation legislation:
$6,000,000 for Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) for the project: Purchase of Eight Electric Buses for Use in Emerging Markets, which would provide zero emission battery electric buses to expand service in Montgomery County and the City of Amsterdam.
$5,700,000 for the City of Troy for the project: Route 2 Multi-Modal Connectivity Project, which would create a continuous bicycle and pedestrian route along the Congress Street Bridge that will connect the Cities of Watervliet and Troy.
$4,500,000 for the City of Amsterdam for the project: Multi-Modal Phase I/Pedestrian Connector Project, which would create a nexus of transportation, development, and open space in the heart of downtown north of the tracks while linking to existing open spaces on the waterfront.
$2,700,000 for the City of Schenectady for the project: Craig Street Corridor Project, which would construct multimodal elements and safety infrastructure to build a physical and social bridge to strengthen bonds and empower access in the Mont Pleasant and Hamilton Hill community.
$1,055,000 for the Town of Clifton Park for the project: NY 146 and NY146A Bicycle & Pedestrian Access Improvements, which would expand and improve bicycle and pedestrian paths.