FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2012
SCHUMER REVEALS: UPSTATE NY ROADS, HIGHWAYS, & BRIDGES IN DESPERATE NEED OF $4.1 BILLION IN REPAIRS AND NEW CONSTRUCTION IN COMING YEARS – CALLS ON HOUSE TO PASS SENATE-APPROVED TRANSPORTATION BILL THAT WOULD BRING $3.5 BILLION TO NY OVER NEXT TWO YEARS
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the House of Representatives to pass the surface transportation bill that the Senate passed last week. Schumer’s push for federal investments in road and bridge infrastructure in New York comes amidst data that identifies 905 future Upstate infrastructure projects that could potentially be funded with federal dollars, which will cost a combined $4.16 billion. These projects are eligible for federal support, and the Senate-passed transportation legislation would provide a down payment on many of these projects to help ease the burden on the state and local governments. The Schumer-backed bill that cleared the Senate would invest $1.75 billion in New York’s aging roads and bridges in 2012 and $1.77 billion in 2013, while helping support 61,000 construction jobs in highway, road, and bridge work, according to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
“Investing in our roads and bridges should be a bipartisan no-brainer, and we have to get it done quickly,” said Schumer. “Keeping our roads and bridges in top shape is essential for public safety, for businesses and communities that rely on them, and is the right thing to do for our economy. The Senate bill would make a significant investment in our roads, highways, bridges, and mass transit systems, all while supporting over 113,000 jobs across the state. I’m strongly urging our colleagues in the House to do the right thing, and pass this infrastructure bill that will be a shot in the arm for our economy, and protect the critical arteries that link our urban and rural communities throughout Upstate New York for decades to come.”
On the call, Schumer released a county-by-county report of projects that New York State could potentially fund with federal dollars provided by the Senate transportation bill. Here is a region-by-region breakdown of the projects and the cost, to be divided between the federal and state and local governments:
· In the Capital Region, there are 61 potential projects costing $643,800,000 that could receive federal investments
· In Central New York, there are 125 potential projects costing $457,430,000 that could receive federal investments
· In the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region, there are 134 potential projects costing $383,100,000 that could receive federal investments
· In the Hudson Valley, there are 130 potential projects costing $1,243,180,000 that could receive federal investments
· In Western New York, there are 168 potential projects costing $556,410,000 that could receive federal investments
· In the Southern Tier, there are 151 potential projects costing $407,591,000 that could receive federal investments
· In the North Country, there are 136 potential projects costing $471,649,000 that could receive federal investments
Schumer noted that while the New York state capital plan is consistently updated and subject to change, the list of potential projects is indicative of a widespread need for infrastructure investments in Upstate New York. A searchable database of potential projects can be found here: https://www.dot.ny.gov/projects.
Today, Schumer said that the Senate bill would provide New York with more resources to help revitalize New York’s aging infrastructure than the companion version in the House, H.R. 7. Over the next two years, the Senate bill would provide New York with $3,516,415,537 in federal investments to repair and construct highways, roads, bridges, and mass transit systems. By comparison, the House legislation would only provide $3,271,498,784 over that same time period, a difference of over $244 million. Given the dire need for infrastructure investments in New York, Schumer today urged House leaders to abandon H.R. 7 and quickly pass the Senate legislation, which was approved by a 74-22 vote last week.
The transportation advocacy group TRIP estimates that many of New York’s roads fail to meet traffic and travel demands and would benefit from safety improvements. According to the group, these deficiencies cost New York drivers approximately $16.4 billion each year when the cost of crashes, additional operating costs, and traffic delays are factored in. The average motorist faces just over $400 a year in costs due to wear and tear, increased fuel consumption, tire damage, and repair costs, thanks to New York’s road conditions. In addition to combating these unnecessary expenses, investing in New York’s roads would provide a major boost to the state’s economy. According to the Federal Highway Administration, every $1 billion invested in highway construction would support approximately 27,800 jobs, including approximately 9,500 in the construction sector, approximately 4,300 jobs in industries supporting the construction sector, and approximately 14,000 other jobs induced in non-construction related sectors of the economy.
TRIP also notes that, “New York’s funding shortfall has been exacerbated by the escalation of the cost of transportation improvements due to increases in the price of key materials needed for highway and bridge construction. The average cost of materials used for highway construction – including asphalt, concrete, steel, lumber and diesel – increased by 34 percent over the five-year period from November 2004 to November 2009.” Given the rise in costs, lower funding levels in the House bill would be even more burdensome to New York which is why Schumer is seeking to provide the state with stable funding to make key investments to roads and highways across the state, to ensure that our infrastructure keeps pace with 21st century demands.
The Senate legislation funds a series of programs that are vital to New York. A list of those programs, the amount New York would receive, and a description of each program appears below. The state is responsible for disbursing the federal funds to projects throughout the state:
National Highway Performance Program (NHPP; Section 1106)
New York would receive $866,691,558 in 2012 and $881,371,488 in 2013
This program would include highway construction, rehabilitation, and preservation of bridges, tunnels, and ferries; inspection costs for bridges and tunnels; bicycle and pedestrian walkways maintenance; traffic and traveler information monitoring; and environmental restoration.
Transportation Mobility Program (TMP; Section 1108)
New York would receive $437,828,667 in 2012 and $445,244,562 in 2013
This program would assist states and localities in improving the conditions and performance of federal-aid highways and bridges on any public road. TMP funds would be eligible for transit uses, carpool programs, traveler information, transportation planning and enhancement activities, recreational trails, ferry facilities, border infrastructure projects, scenic roads, truck parking facilities, and safe routes to school projects.
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program (CMAQ; Section 1113)
New York would receive $223,099,600 in 2012 and $226,878,437 in 2012
This program would provide funds to New York for transportation projects designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality, particularly in areas of the country that do not attain National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP; Section 1112)
New York would receive $104,600,705 in 2012 and $106,372,421 in 2013
This program supports projects that improve the safety of road infrastructure by correcting or improving hazardous road locations, such as dangerous intersections, or road improvements such as adding rumble strips.
National Freight Program (NFP; Section 1115)
New York would receive $85,174,860 in 2012 and $86,617,543 in 2013
The NFP would be an entirely new program intended to improve the condition and performance of a newly designated national freight network.
New York would receive $26,047,255 in 2012 and $26,488,440 in 2013
Metropolitan transportation planning would allow communities in metropolitan areas to examine travel and transportation issues, including a demographic analysis and an examination of travel patterns and trends.
Urbanized Area Formula Funding:
New York would receive $796,228,000 for FY2012
The Urbanized Area Formula Funding program makes federal resources available to urbanized areas and to Governors for activities including planning, engineering design and evaluation of transit projects; capital investments in bus-related activities such as replacement of buses, overhaul of buses, rebuilding of buses, crime prevention and security equipment and construction of maintenance and passenger facilities; and more.
A breakdown of funding to localities and transit systems for FY2012 appears below:
MTA - $642M
NYCDOT - $36.7M
Westchester - $10.4M
Rockland - $4.4M
Putnam - $.8M
Nassau - $11.4M
Long Beach - $.4M
Suffolk - $7.4M
Huntington - $.8M
NFTA (Buffalo) - $20M
RGRTA (Rochester) - $12.3M
CDTA (Albany) - $11.6M
CENTRO (Syracuse) - $7.8M
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh - $18.2M
Binghamton - $3.2M
Utica - $2.0M
Kingston - $.9M
Elmira - $1.3M
Middletown - $.8M
Glens Falls - $.9M
Saratoga Springs - $.8
Ithaca - $1.4M
Danbury (NY Portion) - $.1M
State of Good Repair
New York would receive $551,414,000 for FY2012
This program would aim to modernize rail networks and address issues unique to older heavy rail and commuter rail systems that carry a vast majority of the nation’s rail riders by expanding the current pot of funding and change to new formula based on age, directional route mile and vehicle route miles.
Formula Grants for Other than Urbanized Areas
New York would receive $17,151,000 for FY2012
This formula-based rural program provides funding to states for the purpose of supporting public transportation in rural areas, with a population of less than 50,000. The program would enhance the access to health care, shopping, education, employment, public services, and recreation. It would also assist in the maintenance, development, improvement, and use of public transportation systems in these areas, and assist in the development and support of intercity bus transportation.
Transportation for Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities
New York would receive $17,046,000for FY2012
This program would provide formula funding to help meet the transportation needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities when the transportation service provided is unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate to meeting these needs. Funds are apportioned based on each State’s share of population for these groups of people.
Metropolitan and Statewide Planning
New York would receive $10,708,000 for FY2012
These programs would provide funding to support cooperative, continuous, and comprehensive planning for making transportation investment decisions in metropolitan areas and statewide. Funds are available for planning activities that are essential to economic growth, increase safety and security, increase accessibility to transportation, protect the environment, better connect transit systems, promote efficiency, and preserve existing transportation systems.