FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 16, 2011
SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, ISRAEL ANNOUNCE NEARLY $2 MILLION FOR WYANDANCH PLAZA AND ROADWAY NETWORK CONSTRUCTION
Wyandanch Intermodal Plaza and Roadway Network Will Reduce Traffic Near Train Station By Reconfiguring Roads, As Well as Create Bus Pick-Up and Bicycle Storage
Project Is Essential to Overall Success of “Wyandanch Rising” Revitalization Project That Will Transform Downtown Wyandanch
Schumer, Gillibrand, Israel: Grant Is Huge Victory in Effort to Revitalize Downtown Wyandanch
U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Representative Steve Israel today announced that Wyandanch would be receiving $1,956,601 for the construction of the Wyandanch Intermodal Plaza and Roadway Network Construction project. The project, which will be located adjacent to the Wyandanch Long Island Rail Road Station and the proposed Wyandanch Intermodal Facility, will improve roads to reduce traffic congestion as well as establish bus pick-up and drop-off locations and bike storage. The project is essential to the overall success of the approximately 100-acre mixed-use initiative “Wyandanch Rising” that aims to transform downtown Wyandanch through transit, pedestrian, and environmental improvements.
“This targeted investment in transportation infrastructure will serve not only a catalyst for the continued revitalization and growth of Wyandanch, but will create local jobs for a local project,” said Schumer. “By reducing traffic around the train station, creating bus pick-up and drop-off locations, and secure bike storage, this project brings us much closer to making the ‘Wyandanch Rising’ project a reality.”
"This funding brings Wyandanch one step closer to becoming a sustainable transit-oriented downtown community,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I am proud to support this project as part of the overall Wyandanch Rising initiative and look forward to continue bringing resources back to Long Island"
“To truly help Wyandanch rise, we need economic development that includes transportation options for residents and local businesses. With a nearly $2 million infusion of federal funding to reduce traffic and improve the area around the Wyandanch train station, we are on the way to making Wyandanch a stronger economy and community. I look forward to continuing to work with Supervisor Steve Bellone and Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand to revitalize downtown Wyandanch,” said Rep. Israel.
Supervisor Steve Bellone, Town of Babylon said, “I would like to thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Representative Israel for their continued support of the Wyandanch Rising project. This funding will be used for the construction of a transit plaza that will not only help connect the various modes of transportation around the Wyandanch train station, but will serve as a linchpin for Long Island’s first major transit-oriented development. The funding for the transit plaza will help bolster a sense of community and connect the various elements of the transit-oriented development, including retail space, housing and mass transit.”
The plaza will be directly adjacent to the train station and will include bus pick-up and drop-off locations, kiss-and-ride facilities, secure bicycle storage, intermodal connections for bus and train users, motorists, and pedestrians, and various community activities. The roadway reconfiguration provides the street network required to re-route truck traffic out of the downtown area, mitigate traffic congestion and bottlenecking at key intersections, and provide the framework for downtown transit enhancements.
Schumer, Gillibrand, and Israel have long been advocates for projects to revitalize Wyandanch’s downtown, including successfully fighting for the installation of a new sewer system in Wyandanch. Schumer, Gillibrand and Israel said that this transportation project was a crucial piece in the puzzle to make Wyandanch Rising a reality.
The funding was provided by the Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program (SAFETEA-LU Section 1117) which provides funding for a comprehensive initiative including planning grants, implementation grants, and research to investigate and address the relationship among transportation, community, and system preservation plans and practices and identify private sector-based initiatives to improve those relationships.