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Schumer Announces Key Senate Panel Approves $500,000 For St. John Fisher College

Funding Would Alleviate Traffic Congestion and Improve Campus Safety Schumer Worked Closely with Committee to Include Funding In FY2009 Spending Bill Bill will now be sent to the Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development FY09 Appropriations Bill which includes $500,000 for Monroe County's St. John Fisher College to construct a campus loop road extension to alleviate traffic congestion. The bill will now proceed to the Senate Floor as the critical next step in the appropriations process.  Schumer worked closely with members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill.


"This is terrific news for St. John Fisher College," said Schumer.  "Fisher is growing by leaps and bounds.  The college needs this loop road to improve pedestrian safety and create a better traffic flow around the school to ensure it can continue its promising growth for years to come."


 St. John Fisher College will use these federal dollars to construct a loop road extension to create a safer pedestrian campus and alleviate traffic congestion at both on campus and on roads near the Pittsford school. The College has experienced significant growth in its undergraduate and graduate populations in recent years.  Additionally, the campus has seen a significant increase in visitors to the campus, specifically for the Buffalo Bills training camp each summer. A loop road is needed to divert vehicular traffic toward the outskirts of campus to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety.  


 Now that the bill has been approved by the full Senate Appropriations Committee, it will be sent to the Senate floor. Following approval by the Senate, the bill will move towards Conference with the House and then to the President for signature.


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