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ALBANY MEDIA ADVISORY

NEW REPORT EVALUATES NEW YORK ROAD & BRIDGE CONDITIONS, CONGESTION, TRAFFIC SAFETY, TRANSPORTATION FUNDING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

A new report that evaluates the current condition, use and funding of New York’s surface transportation system will be released at a news conference in Albany at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 21. The report is being released by TRIP, a national nonprofit transportation research group based in Washington, DC.

The report, “New York’s Top Transportation Issues: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility,” examines road and bridge conditions, congestion, economic development, highway safety, and transportation funding in New York. According to the report, the average driver in the Albany area loses approximately $2,000 annually as a result of driving on roads that are deteriorated, congested, and that lack some desirable safety features. In addition to statewide information, the report contains regional data for the Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, New York City metro, Poughkeepsie-Newburgh, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica urban areas, including pavement conditions, bridge conditions, congestion levels and traffic fatalities.

Carolyn Bonifas Kelly, TRIP’s associate director of research and communication, will present the findings of the report at the news conference. Local speakers will also be on hand to comment on the report.

WHEN: 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 21
WHERE: AAA Hudson Valley
618 Delaware Avenue
Albany, New York
WHO: Bernhard Meyer, Highway Superintendent
Town of Canaan
Executive Comm. Member, New York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways
  Nancy McMahon, Marketing and Public Relations Manager
AAA Hudson Valley
  Carolyn Bonifas Kelly, Associate Director of Research & Communication
TRIP
CONTACT:

Carolyn Bonifas Kelly (TRIP)
Rocky Moretti

703.801.9212 (cell)
202.262.0714 (cell)