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$8M Available to Help Upstate NY Transit Options


$8 million is now available to develop and operate microtransit and other on-demand transportation options in local communities in Upstate New York. The funding is part of Governor Hochul’s Innovative Mobility Initiative and is being made available via a competitive solicitation to eligible transit operators with innovative approaches to expand coverage areas and make safe and affordable transit options more accessible to wider geographic locations.

“By providing safe, reliable, and affordable options for transit users to get where they need to go, we are improving quality of life, protecting our environment, and strengthening local communities,” Governor Kathy Hochul said. “This funding builds on our continuing effort to modernize our transportation systems and give riders more options and better service, which helps our local communities grow and prosper.”

Announced as part of Governor Hochul’s 2023 State of the State Address, the Innovative Mobility Initiative provides funds to non-MTA transit authorities to expand service offerings and support riders who face barriers to accessing traditional transit by funding the creation of new transit alternatives or technological products. The initiative, which is being administered by the New York State Department of Transportation, supports Governor Hochul’s agenda to reduce greenhouse gases and the goals of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act by reducing single-occupant vehicular travel.

Up to $3 million in Innovative Mobility Initiative funding is being made available through this competitive solicitation to eligible transit operators to cover capital and operating expenses associated with the development of new microtransit or other on-demand transit alternatives. Additionally, another $5 million is being made available for capital expenses via NYSDOT’s allotment from the federal Carbon Reduction Program (CRP).  

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