April 09, 2009

Senators Schumer and Gillibrand Announce $7 Million Coming to Staten Island for Charleston Bus Annex Project

Project Has Been In the Works for 30 Years

Washington, D.C. -- Today, United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced a $7 million U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for the Charleston Bus Annex Project on Staten Island. The grant will be used to expand the MTA's space for parking, servicing, and maintaining buses. Staten Island currently has only two other garages to maintain busses and are running extremely low on space.

"This is great news for Staten Island commuters," said Schumer. "For many Staten Islanders busses are their lifeline to work. These federal dollars will go a long way in providing the necessary infrastructure and space improvements to keep public transportation on Staten Island running smoothly for years to come."

"This investment is essential to the City's goal of enhancing mass transit for the thousands of Staten Islanders who depend on safe, reliable bus service every day," said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "The Charleston Annex will help relieve overcrowding at Staten Island's two other bus maintenance facilities, and will continue our mission of reducing traffic and congestion in one of New York City's fastest growing boroughs."

The Charleston Bus Annex Project has been 30 years in the making and expected to be completed by the end of this year or the middle of 2010, depending on permit delays. The annex is necessary to expand the MTA's space for parking and storing buses. When the project is finished, the 87,000 square foot building will be able to service and maintain about 200 buses.