The Paterson Administration announced approval of more than $42 million in funding for 34 rail and port capital improvement projects in New York State. Grants from the Renew and Rebuild New York Transportation Bond Act of 2005 and the Governor's Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program will fund these infrastructure investments and security improvements, bringing with them economic development and job creation and retention opportunities across the State.
"Investing in transportation infrastructure improvement projects is essential not only to supporting a stable statewide economy, but also to helping grow that economy by allowing freight to be shipped and delivered more safely and efficiently," Governor Paterson said. "New York's economic vitality depends on having a modern, effective transportation system, and this funding will help strengthen that system today, and contribute to the overall reliability of our transportation infrastructure in the future."
The $42.1 million investment by New York State leverages an additional $9 million of funding mostly from the grantees and private industry, as well as other federal and State resources. The funding provided for passenger and freight rail improvement supports track rehabilitation, rail capacity expansion, railroad bridge repair and locomotive emissions reductions. Port improvements include wharf rehabilitation and upgraded highway access.
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee said: "These rail and port capital improvement projects are essential because they will make it easier and safer to get products and materials from distribution facilities to stores in communities all over New York. The changes made to these facilities also will improve the delivery of goods and services in our State. I thank Governor Paterson for his continued dedication to strengthening our transportation network."
The $2.9 billion Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bond Act of 2005 provides $135 million for railroad and port facility improvements and supplied $27.4 million of funding for this round of projects. More than $80 million in Bond Act funding has already been apportioned to rail and port projects across New York, with another $27 million remaining.
The Governor's Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program provides $100 million in funding for track improvements, grade crossing eliminations or upgrades, and construction or modernization of intermodal facilities. This year's funding includes $14.7 million, with approximately $15 million remaining for future projects.
Renew and Rebuild New York Transportation Bond Act grants for port and rail infrastructure improvement projects include:
- $4.2 million to the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) for an $8.9 million project for passenger rail station improvements, including demolition of a portion of the station and platform and reconstruction of the rail bed, track, platform, elevator and passenger and baggage areas. The station is located in the City of Schenectady, Schenectady County;
- $3.15 million to the Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad Inc. for a $3.5 million project to install new ties on a 50-mile segment of railroad between Buffalo, Erie County, and Machias, Cattaraugus County;
- $2 million to the New York Susquehanna & Western Railway Co. for a $2.2 million project to improve track along the Syracuse Mainline in Onondaga and Cortland counties and extend connector track and construct a yard at the Binghamton freight rail station in Broome County;
- $1.9 million to the Finger Lakes Railway Corporation for a $2.1 million project to rehabilitate approximately 46 miles of track in Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca counties;
- $1.8 million to the Long Island Rail Road for a $2 million project to expand capacity at the Maspeth Yard in Queens;
- $1.8 million to the Niagara County Department of Economic Development for a $1.9 million project to build 2,800 feet of new track, relocate an existing grade crossing and rehabilitate an additional 1,500 feet of track to provide rail access to Globe Metallurgical Inc. in Niagara County;
- $1.75 million to the Port of Oswego Authority for a $2.25 million project to rehabilitate and reconstruct a section of the pier and install a new fender system in Oswego County;
- $1.55 million to the New York City Economic Development Corporation for a $1.7 million project to replace an existing locomotive with a new, reduced emission model in order to improve air quality at the New York Container Terminal in Staten Island;
- $1.35 million to the Rochester & Southern Railroad, Inc. for a $1.5 million project to rehabilitate seven miles of track in Monroe County;
- $1.3 million to the Ontario Midland Railroad Corporation for a $1.4 million project to replace ties and rebuild three grade crossings in Wayne County;
- $1.2 million to the Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority for a $1.3 million project to build a new access road to the Port of Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, in order to improve the port's ability to accommodate overweight and over-dimensional cargo;
- $1.2 million to the Owego & Harford Railway, Inc. for a $1.3 million project in Tioga County to construct a run-around track at Owego yard and infrastructure improvements to allow the track to accommodate heavier rail cars;
- $1 million to the Massena Terminal Railroad for a $1.25 million project in St. Lawrence County to resurface eight rail crossings and rehabilitate three miles of track in order to accommodate heavier rail cars;
- $828,000 to the Depew, Lancaster & Western Railroad Company, Inc. for a $920,000 project to replace ties, upgrade switches and replace the Swan Street rail crossing surface in Batavia, Genesee County;
- $805,408 to the Southern Tier Extension Railroad Authority for an $894,898 project to repair and rehabilitate rail bridges on the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties;
- $737,550 to the Albany Port Railroad for an $819,500 project for track and grade crossing rehabilitation in Albany County;
- $405,000 to the Falls Road Railroad Company for a $450,000 project to improve drainage and install new ties at five rail crossings in Orleans County;
- $318,600 to the Business Development Council of Greater Massena for a $354,000 project to construct a new rail siding to serve three lots in the Massena Industrial Development Park in St. Lawrence County; and
- $129,600 to the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad Corporation for a $144,000 project to rehabilitate the bridge carrying the tracks over Honeoye Creek in Golah, Monroe County.
Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program grants for port and rail infrastructure improvement projects include:
- $3.9 million to the Genesee County Economic Development Corporation for a $4.9 million project to extend short-line rail service to the new Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park in Genesee County;
- $2.7 million to the New York & Ogdensburg Railway Company for a project to replace ties and rail, rehabilitate two bridges in Norwood and Madrid, St. Lawrence County, and improve two grade crossings in St. Lawrence county;
- $2.25 million to the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc. for a $2.5 million project to rehabilitate the Buffalo Creek yard in Erie County;
- $1.8 million for a Clarendon & Pittsford Railroad Company project to install more than three miles of new rail in Washington County;
- $860,000 to the Falls Road Railroad Company for a project to replace ties along their entire 45- mile rail route in Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties;
- $770,000 to the Batten Kill Railroad Company, Inc. for a project to repair a bridge in Greenwich, Washington County;
- $500,237 to the Finger Lakes Railway Corporation for a $555,819 project to replace rail and improve drainage in Ontario County;
- $525,000 to the Mohawk Adirondack & Northern Railroad Corporation for a project to rehabilitate a culvert carrying the railroad over the Cincinnati Creek in Trenton, Oneida County;
- $375,000 to the Depew Lancaster & Western Railroad Company for a project to upgrade the bridge over the Tonawanda Creek in Genesee County in order to accommodate heavier rail cars;
- $270,000 to the Long Island Rail Road for a $300,000 project to improve track infrastructure and bridge clearance at Yaphank Avenue in Brookhaven, Suffolk County;
- $201,307 to the Wellsboro & Corning Railroad Company for a $223,675 track improvement project in Steuben County;
- $200,000 to the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society for an Adirondack Scenic Railroad project to rehabilitate the Remsen-Lake Placid historic travel corridor from Big Moose to Stillwater Reservoir in Herkimer County;
- $188,000 to the Buffalo Southern Railroad, Inc. for a project to rehabilitate two bridges in Erie County;
- $72,000 to Oneida County for an $80,000 project to install automatic electronic surveillance to public areas in and around Union Station in Utica, Oneida County; and
- $38,000 to the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society for a project to rehabilitate the
- Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad Milford Yard, Otsego County, including installation of drainage and new ties.