Governor Cuomo announced Wednesday that $112.2 million in funding will be put toward more than 80 projects statewide that support bicycle and pedestrian enhancements and improve air quality.
The governor's office says the funds will provide up to 80 percent of each project, and were made available through the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New York State Department of Transportation.
Of the funding, $8.4 million will be made available for the Southern Tier.
United State Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer praised the move, saying in a statement:
"This massive federal investment will help New York State make important upgrades for pedestrians and bicyclists and, in turn, encourage New Yorkers to travel more by bike or by foot. Increased biking and walking is good for our collective hearts and lungs; it also reduces congestion and helps boost the economy. These transportation improvements demonstrate the types of important local projects that can only be accomplished with direct public investment.”
The projects include multi-use bicycle and pedestrian facilities, new accessible sidewalks for those with diabilities, and enhanced access to public transportation and roadway safety.