ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — More than 200 new transit vehicles are coming to upstate New York.
The state announced the new transit investments Thursday. Nearly $60 million in state and federal funds will go toward the purchase of the new vehicles, along with new and improved transit shelters, vehicle repair facilities and other transit-related expenses.
Fifty-one different transit agencies will receive a portion of the money. Together they serve more than 5 million passengers around the state each year.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said "strong and reliable" public transportation is critical to growth in every part of the state.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko said the investment is also vital as New York state works to reduce its carbon emissions and replace aging transportation infrastructure.
The Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority is due to receive more than $14 million for buying buses and other equipment throughout its region.