New York State Allocates $32 Million for Clean Mobility Initiatives

Governor Hochul unveils 'Clean Mobility Program' to boost sustainable transportation options

Governor Kathy Hochul of has announced a $32 million initiative aimed at advancing clean mobility solutions across the state. Named the ‘Clean Mobility Program,' this initiative supports various transportation projects including micromobility concepts, shuttles, and ridesharing services.

The program offers two funding tracks: the ‘Planning Track' and the ‘Demonstration Track.' Projects under the Planning Track can apply for up to $100,000 to conduct community engagement, site identification, and technical feasibility analysis. Meanwhile, the Demonstration Track provides funding of up to $3 million for implementing sustainable mobility services that serve as models for similar initiatives statewide.

Eligible projects encompass a wide range of clean transportation options such as personal or shared bikes, e-bikes, e-scooters, on-demand ride-hailing, and small-scale public transit services with flexible routes or shared vehicles.

A significant portion of the budget, $8 million, is designated for demonstration projects in areas served by upstate investor-owned utilities. Specifically, $5 million is allocated for projects in regions served by Central Hudson, National Grid, New York State Electric & Gas, and Rochester Electric & Gas. An additional $3 million will support micromobility projects in the Bronx, New York City.

Applications for grants are open to local governments, transit operators, and community-based organizations until August 15, 2024. The program is administered by the New York State Energy Authority (NYSERDA).

Governor Hochul emphasized the initiative's role in expanding clean transportation options across the state while reducing emissions and improving air quality. According to her, “New York has prioritized electrifying its transportation sector and making a wide range of clean public transportation options more accessible and affordable to residents.”

Rory M. Christian, Chairman of the New York State Public Service Commission, added, “Developing a clean-energy transportation system is a win-win for New York and for consumers. Engaging communities in this program, particularly low-income communities, will help the state's overall economy and create a cleaner environment.”

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