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RGRTA to receive $10 million in funding

Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority Inc. will receive nearly $10 million to upgrade and enhance public transportation services in the Finger Lakes region.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week announced the funding, provided under the Public Transportation Modernization and Enhancement Program, which complements the regional Finger Lakes Forward strategic plan to revitalize the local economy.

RGRTA provides more than 16 million passenger trips annually. Public transportation systems statewide provide more than 292 million passenger trips annually.

“The New York Public Transit Association thanks Gov. Cuomo for the release of these transit capital funds and for recognizing the need to immediately invest in transit infrastructure,” RGRTA CEO Bill Carpenter said. “This funding, part of the significant five-year transportation program approved by the governor and legislature last year, will help replace over-age buses, improve transit facilities and allow us to provide better service in our communities.”

The funding can be used to support the purchase of clean-fueled buses, deploy new technologies and passenger amenities, and introduce automated fare collection, among other things.

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