WATERTOWN — The city of Watertown will receive $434,800 in order to support Citibus’ efforts to upgrade and enhance bus and paratransit services through the region.
The city provides more than 133,000 passenger trips annually, according to state data.
“Safe, modern and efficient transit is vital to ensuring equitable mobility within a community, especially in a city like Watertown, where 17 percent of households do not have access to a private motor vehicle,” said Eugene P. Hayes, the city’s superintendent of public works, in a provided statement. “Forward-looking programs like Governor Cuomo’s Transit Capital Funding opportunity are essential to connect people to jobs, services and other resources. By driving a brand new fleet and installing bus stops and shelters at high-volume boarding locations, Watertown will continue to be a connected and inclusive city into the 21st Century.”
The funding was announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday as a part of $124 million awarded statewide under the Governor’s Public Transportation Modernization and Enhancement Program.
“This administration has made it a priority to modernize and improve the safety and efficiency of transportation throughout the state, and by making critical investments to improve these public services, we can ensure a better, more reliable transit system for decades to come,” Gov. Cuomo said, in a statement. “Taking place statewide, these projects will support job creation and spur new manufacturing opportunities, while providing safe travel for both visitors and commuters across New York.”
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