+ BRIDGE NY

Building upon Governor Cuomo’s unparalleled investment in transforming New York’s transportation infrastructure, the State is making available $200 million in enhanced assistance for local governments over the next two-years to rehabilitate and replace bridges and culverts statewide. This investment in local transportation infrastructure will support the needs of the traveling public, movement of goods and regional economic competitiveness.

The BRIDGE NY program, administered by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), is open to all municipal owners of bridges and culverts. Projects will be awarded through a competitive process and will support all phases of project development. Projects selected for funding under the BRIDGE NY Initiative will be evaluated based on the resiliency of the structure, including such factors as hydraulic vulnerability and structural resiliency; the significance and importance of the bridge including traffic volumes, detour considerations, number and types of businesses served and impacts on commerce; and the current bridge and culvert structural conditions.

For more information on the program, go to NYSDOT's BRIDGE NY page.

+ PAVE NY

Pursuant to the new five-year State Transportation Plan, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will be apportioning $100 million annually through State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 to assist municipalities with the rehabilitation and reconstruction of local highways and roads.

PAVE-NY is available to New York City and all cities, counties, towns and villages that report local roadway mileage to NYSDOT pursuant to the Local Highway Inventory (LHI). Funds are apportioned by NYSDOT based on the ratio of funds each municipality received under the SFY 2016-17 Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

Municipal project sponsors must follow locally adopted street and highway design and construction standards. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) standards for local streets and highways or NYSDOT highway standards may be used for the design of municipally owned roads. Eligible project activities include the following. Please refer to Attachment I for additional detail.

Highway Resurfacing: Placement or replacement of a pavement course(s) to enable the existing pavement to achieve its design life and to provide additional strength or to improve serviceability while not degrading safety. Highway Reconstruction: A major improvement to the existing roadway structure (including drainage and shoulders). This could include realignment, construction on new alignment, and major widening such as adding one or more lanes. PAVE-NY will follow the same programmatic and reimbursement requirements of CHIPS, with one notable exception, eligible project activities are limited to Highway Resurfacing and Highway Reconstruction. Please refer to the NYSDOT Program Guidelines for additional information.

The State Fiscal Year 2017-2018 apportionment table for the PAVE NY program can be found here.

+ PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ACTION PLAN (PSAP)

In June of 2016, Governor Cuomo announced New York State’s first-ever, comprehensive pedestrian safety plan. The five-year, multi-agency initiative provides $110 million to improve safety for pedestrians through infrastructure improvements, public education efforts and enforcement across Upstate and Long Island.

The New York State Pedestrian Safety Action Plan will run through 2021 and is being implemented cooperatively by the New York State Department of Transportation focusing on engineering improvements, the State Department of Health conducting public education and awareness campaigns, and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee coordinating increased law enforcement.

In October 2017, The GBNRTC and NYSDOT announced the availability of $40 million (statewide) in federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding for local pedestrian safety projects as identified in the Plan. Funds are be available statewide for systemic (widely implemented) pedestrian safety projects on roads and streets owned by counties, cities, towns or villages. Program eligibility is limited to roads and streets that are included within the 2010 federal adjusted urban area boundary (follow link below for map). Eligible project types include (but are not limited to):

  • Basic treatments at uncontrolled crosswalks
  • Countermeasures at signalized intersections

Local municipalities are invited to apply for funding in the range of $250,000 to $5,000,000. Safety projects selected under this solicitation will receive 100% financing and require zero local matching funds.

Applications must be submitted to GBNRTC by March 09, 2018. Projects will be selected by the summer of 2018. NYSDOT will host a webinar in the fall of 2017 to answer questions about the program, eligibility and the application process. Additional information about the webinar, program guidance, how to apply, application forms and related materials (including the full PSAP report) are available here.

+ TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES (TAP)/CONGESTION MITIGATION AND AIR QUALITY (CMAQ) PROGRAM

On April 19, 2017, Governor Cuomo Announced $112.2 Million in Funding to Support Transportation Enhancements Across New York

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is making available $98.7 million in funding to support bicycle, pedestrian, multi-use path and transportation-related projects and programs as well as projects that reduce congestion and will help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act. Applications for the 2016 funding opportunity must have been received by October 21, 2016. NYSDOT is anticipating another project solicitation round in 2018.

These funds, made available to the State through the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New York State Department of Transportation, are provided through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ). These programs will provide up to 80 percent of project-related cost, with the remaining 20 percent provided by project sponsors.

The TAP and CMAQ projects are selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated based on established criteria that include public benefit, air quality improvement and innovation. Projects must be related to the surface transportation system and provide full access to the public. Applications for funding may be developed by any municipality or non-profit incorporated group, but projects must be sponsored either by a municipality, a state agency or public authority eligible to administer federal transportation funds.

2016 Western New York Awarded Projects - $20.1 million

  • $5,000,000 to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to purchase Compressed Natural Gas buses.
  • $4,630,400 for the Western New York Region to partner with Norfolk Southern Railroad to replace two local and yard switcher locomotives to clean technologies.
  • $1,520,000 for the Western New York Region to establish Highway Emergency Local Patrol (HELP) Truck service.
  • $332,000 to the Western New York Region to optimize traffic flow on Walnut Avenue and Ferry Avenue in the City of Niagara Falls.
  • $588,000 to Chautauqua County for shoulder widening for along Dale Drive.
  • $1,040,000 to the Town of Grand Island to install ADA compliant sidewalks.
  • $1,424,000 to the City of Buffalo to implement Phase I of the City’s Bicycle Master Plan.
  • $482,946 to the Village of Springville to construct pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
  • $1,338,700 to Erie County to construct Phase II of the pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
  • $530,933 to the Town of Niagara to install new ADA accessible sidewalks and curb ramps.
  • $511,245 to the City of Niagara Falls to expand the regional bike sharing program.
  • $756,000 to the Town of Wheatfield for ADA compliant sidewalk construction.
  • $400,000 to the City of Jamestown to develop a comprehensive digital and static wayfinding system to support tourism.
  • $976,000 to the Town of Amherst for pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements
  • $541,913 to the City of Olean for the Phase II Walkable Olean transformation project.