Great News for Biking, Walking and Trails in NYS
We applaud Governor Cuomo and NYS DOT Commissioner McDonald for recognizing the importance of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to the health, safety and economy of New York residents by announcing $70 million in federal Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funding for 68 projects in communities across the state.
We are especially pleased that these awards will further the development of the Erie Canalway Trail and several projects PTNY has provided support to through our Healthy Trails, Healthy People program.
Erie Canalway Trail-Closing the Gaps and Making Community Connections
Several projects will further PTNY’s goal of closing the gaps in the Erie Canalway Trail, as well as improving the Trail and creating more community connections.
- $985,600 to NYS Canal Corporation to construct 1.5 miles of trail to help close the seven-mile gap between Ilion and Little Falls in the Mohawk Valley.
- $980,160 to Erie County and $1.58 million to the City of Buffalo for improvements to the Shoreline Trail/Erie Canalway Trail between Buffalo and Tonawanda along the Niagara River.
- $760,000 to Erie County for the Tonawanda Rails-to-Trails Extension, which will link North Buffalo to the City of Tonawanda where trail users can access the Erie Canalway Trail, Shoreline Trails and the Niagara River Greenway. The Tonawanda Rails to Trails Extension was an early project of PTNY’s Healthy Trails, Healthy People program.
- $716,000 to the City of Oneida for the Oneida Rail Trail and City Center project. The 11.3-mile Rail Trail network will link several communities to the Erie Canalway Trail.
- $250,513 to the Village of Canastota for enhancements to the Village’s main thoroughfare, which intersects the Erie Canalway Trail.
New trail for PTNY Healthy Trails, Healthy People partners
In addition to the Tonawanda Rails-to-Trails project, PTNY was thrilled that other Healthy Trails, Healthy People projects received funding to initiate trail development efforts.
- $1.82 million to Nassau County for a segment of the Long Island Motor Parkway (LIMP) Multi-Use Trail. PTNY has been an active supporter of LIMP for many years, joining local environmental groups and interested citizens in advocating for creation of a cross-county, multi-use trail following the route of the historic Long Island Motor Parkway.
Parks to become more bikeable, walkable, too
Included in the line-up of TAP projects are several state parks.
- $1.6 million to NYS Parks for the West Niagara River Trail
Congratulations to all the communities and trail groups that received funding. Great work! Read the full list of funded projects.