Maloney Releases 2014 Hudson Valley Transportation and Infrastructure Report
Newburgh, NY – Following a survey completed by nearly 1,800 Hudson Valley commuters and businesses about the local transportation and infrastructure challenges, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released a Hudson Valley Transportation and Infrastructure Report highlighting ideas and facts gathered from the survey and policy recommendations to address the concerns. In addition, Rep. Maloney will be sending a letter to New York Department of Transportation outlining the specific transportation concerns raised by residents.
"We must continue to support smart investments in our local infrastructure, which lead to economic growth throughout the Hudson Valley, create an immediate boom of construction jobs, and rebuild the American roads, bridges and mass transit systems that have been falling apart and become unsafe over the past decade. My neighbors in the Hudson Valley know firsthand the challenges of our crumbling infrastructure and transportation systems – all of us see it every day on our way to work or dropping our kids off at soccer practice,” said Rep. Maloney.
In response to Rep. Maloney’s survey, 72% of Hudson Valley residents drive to work every day, followed by 10% of respondents who said they take the train, and only 3% who use the bus system.
The survey also found that 79% of respondents think that roadway and highway maintenance and improvements should be the main transportation priority for the Hudson Valley. In addition, 31% of respondents rated the condition of Hudson Valley roads as poor or terrible.
In addition, Hudson Valley residents face significant expenses and long commute times. Nearly half, 46%, of Hudson Valley commuters have more than a 30-minute commute one way, and 56% of respondents reported paying more than $5.00 a day for their commute and 38% pay more than $10.00.
Earlier this year, Maloney announced $6 million in federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funding for three major Hudson Valley projects including $2 million for resurfacing and safety improvements to Route 302 in Crawford. In June, he announced $6.7 million in federally funded projects through the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program to repave dangerous roads in Lewisboro, Bedford and Mt. Kisco.