$32.4 million for rural transportation in New YorkStaff Writer | February 22, 2017
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the availability of $32.4 million in funding for capital and operating assistance to support public transportation in rural areas.
Empire State The Federal Transit Administration
The Formula Grants for Rural Areas program will provide up to 80 percent of capital and 50 percent of operating project-related cost, with the remaining funds provided by New York State and project sponsors.
Communities with populations of less than 50,000 are eligible for this funding.
Eligible applicants include counties, cities and tribal governments that own and operate or directly contract for rural public transportation services; upstate regional transportation authorities; and multi-county intercity bus services sponsored directly by NYSDOT.
In administering the program, NYSDOT will give preference to public transportation projects that eliminate transportation barriers, as well as improve mobility opportunities in rural areas.
The program will encourage and support increased coordination of public transportation services with other human service agency provided transportation services.
It will also ensure a successful Intercity Bus program, which promotes the participation of private providers in both the development and provision of rural public transportation services. ■