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 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 $13.6 million to purchase 68 hybrid electric buses through 2009 for districts throughout the state of New York. Additional funding from Bond Acts will provide $26.5 million towards the purchase of another 132 hybrid electric buses for Chemung County, Westchester County, the City of Poughkeepsie, Broome County, Nassau
County Long Island Bus and the New York City Department of Transportation.