U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11.6 million in federal funding for Suffolk County and the New York City Department of Transportation. This funding was awarded through the Department of Transportation’s Buses and Bus Facilities Grant Program and will be used to purchase new buses, rehabilitate worn equipment, and construct busing facilities.
“In order to recover and rebuild our communities from this health and economic crisis, we must continue to invest in safe and reliable public transportation,” said Senator Schumer. “Across Suffolk County and New York City, the bus systems provide essential workers, families, students, and others with the necessary transportation resources. Without vibrant transportation systems, our communities would grind to a halt. That is why I will always fight for the federal funds needed to sustain New York’s public transportation systems.”
“Now more than ever, we must ensure New Yorkers have access to reliable and clean public transportation,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Workers, students, and travelers across New York State rely on buses every day, and we must ensure that our transit providers have the resources needed to make capital investments and continue to operate smoothly. This funding is great news for Suffolk County and New York City travelers, and I will continue fighting to bring economic relief to New York’s transportation providers.”
The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program awarded $1,600,00 to the County of Suffolk and $10,000,000 to the New York City Department of Transportation. These funds will support revitalization projects and will help purchase new buses and necessary equipment for transportation facilities in New York City and Long Island.