New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald announced today that the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for federal fiscal years 2014 through 2017 is available for review. Pursuant to the federal requirement, the document provides a comprehensive list of all federally funded highway and transit projects, which for the four-year period totals more than an estimated $11.7 billion in federal funds. “The Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan is a key planning and programming tool for projects that rely on federal funding, and it is important that interested parties have the chance to review and ask questions about the document,” Commissioner McDonald said. “Improving New York’s transportation infrastructure is a priority for Governor Cuomo, and securing federal funding is an important step in that process.” The STIP contains all regional transportation improvement programs and is compiled generally every two years by NYSDOT and the State’s 13 metropolitan planning organizations (MPO). All federally funded projects planned for federal fiscal years 2014 through 2017 are included in the draft STIP update. The STIP update is being progressed for approval by October 1, 2013, and therefore will include a total of $11.7 billion in planned federal funded projects, with more than $5.1 billion in federal highway funds, and $5.7 billion in federal transit funds. Another $857.3 million in non-fiscally constrained federal projects are also included for this partial STIP update. With state and local matching funds added, the total funding represents approximately $32 billion worth of transportation projects planned. The draft STIP will be available for public review and comment for 30 days, from July 26 through August 24, 2013. Hard copies are available for review during normal business hours at any of NYSDOT’s 11 regional offices, or at any of the 13 MPO offices. To accommodate the need for public viewing, the draft STIP is also available on the NYSDOT Web site at: https://www.dot.ny.gov/programs/stip/draftstip
Comments regarding the draft STIP can be submitted on-line or in writing to: New York State Department of Transportation, Policy and Planning Division, Office of Policy, Planning and Performance, 50 Wolf Road, 6th Floor, Albany, NY 12232. NYSDOT will address comments received on the draft STIP in preparing its submission to the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration for review and approval. The draft STIP is expected to be submitted in September for final approval by October 1, 2013.