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NY Transportation Plan to Support Electric Vehicle Projects.

New York governor George Pataki, state senate majority leader Joseph Bruno and state assembly speaker Sheldon Silver recently provided a complete list of projects supported by the five-year, $35.8-billion state transportation plan agreed to last week in a memorandum of understanding to fund highway, bridge and mass transit system improvements across the state.

According to Pataki, the plan includes a $17.9-billion transportation capital plan administered by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and a $17.9-billion Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) capital plan.

Pataki noted that $235 million of the NYSDOT capital plan is earmarked for non-MTA systems throughout the state, including $50 million in proposed Transportation Bond Act funding to help accelerate the purchase of hybrid electric buses and other clean fuel technologies.

The key regional projects supported by the $17.9-billion DOT capital plan include $2.1 million in funding from the Bond Act for the Capital District Authority (CDTA) to support the purchase of 10 hybrid electric buses through 2009; $4 million from the Bond Act for the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority (CNYRTA) to support the purchase of 20 hybrid buses through 2009 for the Syracuse and Utica areas; $700,000 in funding from the Bond Act to Tompkins County for the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit System (TCAT) to support the purchase of four hybrid buses through 2009; $2.8 million in funding from the Bond Act for the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) to support the purchase of 14 hybrid buses through 2009; and $4 million in funding from the Bond Act for the Niagara Frontier Regional Transportation Authority (NFTA) to support the purchase of 20 hybrid buses through 2009.

Additional projects include $200,000 in funding from the Bond Act to Chemung County for the Chemung County Transit system to support the purchase of one hybrid bus; $8.7 million in funding from the Bond Act to Westchester County for the Bee Line system to support the purchase of 43 hybrid buses through 2009; $400,000 in funding from the Bond Act for the City of Poughkeepsie's bus system to support the purchase of two hybrid buses; $800,000 in funding from the Bond Act to Broome County for the Broome County transit system to support the purchase of four hybrid buses through 2009; $5.4 million in funding from the Bond Act for Nassau County-Long Island Bus to support the purchase of 27 hybrid and/or compressed natural gas (CNG) buses through 2009; and $11 million in funding from the Bond Act for the New York City Department of Transportation to support the purchase of 55 hybrid and/or CNG buses through 2009.

Contact: Office of Governor Pataki, website http://www.state.ny.us/governor.

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