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Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding Overview NYS Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council August 2, 2010 Albany, New York.

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1 Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding Overview NYS Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council August 2, 2010 Albany, New York

2 Background In 1991, Congress passed ISTEA - landmark transportation legislation that recognized the importance of bicycling/walking as part of a balanced transportation system. Successor federal transportation acts have continued the integration of bicycling/walking into the transportation mainstream and expanded funding eligibility. Bike/Pedestrian activities eligible under most major funding programs.

3 NYSDOT 2030 Master Plan Pedestrian travel makes up a critical part of the State’s overall travel demand, provides access to transit facilities and reduces automobile use. To encourage increased pedestrian travel, the State will pursue low cost strategies, including construction of sidewalks, sidewalk ramps and operational improvements to signs and traffic signals.  Cayuga County - ADA Improvements along Rt. 5, City of Auburn  Erie and Niagara Counties - Install Detectable Warnings  Suffolk County - Rt. 111 Curb and Sidewalk Construction

4 Designs for safe biking/walking will continue be integrated into roadway projects to encourage greater non-motorized travel.  Provided bicycle and pedestrian structures over limited access or high volume vehicle traffic facilities in the Utica and Buffalo areas The State has and will continue improve bicycle/pedestrian safety.  Madison County - Adding signed, on-road bicycle routes in Morrisville  Rochester - Improving access to public transportation on Lake Ave NYSDOT Commitment

5 Continue to ensure that automobile drivers are adequately trained in how to share the roadway with bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps and the use of the latest technology and other pedestrian features will continue to be considered in pertinent project designs. – Detectable Warnings in Watertown. – ADA Compliant Refuge in Buffalo – Audible Pedestrian Signal in Albany

6 NYSDOT Commitment Improved bicycle and pedestrian access to public transportation stops will be promoted.  ADA Compliant Bus Shelters in Albany  Sheltered Bike Parking at Bus Stop in Clarkson

7 Funding Sources for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects Bicycle and pedestrian projects are broadly eligible for funding from most major Federal-aid highway, transit, safety, and other programs. Bicycle projects must be “principally for transportation, rather than recreation, purposes” and must be designed and located pursuant to the transportation plans required of States and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO).

8 Major FHWA Funding Sources for Bike/Ped Projects Surface Transportation Program (STP) Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

9 Major FTA Funding Sources for Bike/Ped Projects Urbanized and Non-Urbanized (Rural) Area Formula Grant Programs Transit Enhancements (TE)

10 NYSDOT Two-Year Capital Program On June 21, 2010, Legislature approved funding for the first year of NYSDOT’s two-year capital program (2010-11 and 2011-12) The SFY 2010-11 plan provides $1.8 billion for construction- related activities. – Approx. 10 percent less than SFY 2009-10 Assumes a General Fund transfer to support the DHBTF in 2010-11 ($695 million).

11 State Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund

12 NYSDOT Two-Year Capital Program NYSDOT needs to balance extensive bridge, roadway and other infrastructure repair and rehabilitation needs or conditions will continue to decline Funding constraints of Capital Plan limits our ability - in the short term - to make significant bike/ped improvements The two-year program provides a transition to when Congress will act on a multiyear authorization bill and additional federal and state resources for transportation are available to develop a more robust, longer term five-year capital program.

13 NYSDOT Two-Year Capital Program The two-year program contains a list of candidate state and local projects, funded from federal and state highway funds, to address core transportation infrastructure needs across the state. Consistent with the Department’s investment priorities, the program gives priority to projects that address bridge needs and safety.

14 NYSDOT Two-Year Capital Program Bicycle and pedestrian related investments include: – Sidewalks and Street Crossings (including crosswalks) – Curb Ramps and Detectable Warnings – Signed, Marked and/or Separate ROW Bicycle Lanes – Pedestrian Actuated Signals and Countdown Timers – Pedestrian, Bicycle, Trail, and In-Road Signing – Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Trail on Separate Rights-of-way – Bicycle Parking, Sheltered Parking, and Secured Storage – Accessible Pedestrian Signals and Detection

15 Structural Financial Problem Infrastructure is aging-out and system demands are outpacing current investment capacity. Fuel tax-based funding approach is insufficient at current rates. In the short term, feasible revenue options are limited. Continued support from General Fund at State/federal level becoming increasingly difficult.

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