Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the City of Utica is set to receive $1,350,000 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds to construct a new bus transfer facility. Gillibrand and Schumer commend DOT for their work to improve transit conditions at all bus transfer facilities.
“This transportation investment is great news for Downtown Utica, as it will create jobs, make transportation more efficient for bus riders and add to Genesee Street’s revival,” Schumer said. “This transfer facility will complement downtown’s new roundabout and the expansion of downtown businesses like Black River Systems. While the city retools its overall plan to address parking, Uticans can rest easy knowing this bus transfer project will become a reality.”
“This is an important investment for the City of Utica and the local economy,” Senator Gillibrand said. “These federal funds will help upgrade the conditions for bus travel in Utica, and provide better service for riders. I will keep fighting to secure the resources New York’s bus transportation facilities need.”
The new bus transfer facility will include a new center platform and new head house that will consist of roughly 4,000 square feet of passenger waiting space, transit office, driver lounger, and ticket sales counter. The funding is allocated through the original SAFETEA-LU legislation, administered by DOT’s Federal Transit Administration. The 5309 Bus grant project provided the City of Utica the appropriate monies to plan and construct the new bus transfer facility.