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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 Buffalo at 2:00 p.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 Buffalo area loses nearly $1,900 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.

Rocky Moretti, TRIP’s director of research and policy, will present the findings of the report at the news conference. Local speakers will also be on hand to comment on the report.

WHEN: 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 21
WHERE: AAA Car Care Plus
8120 Main Street
Buffalo, New York
WHO: Jamie Dussing, Highway Superintendent
Town of Clarence
Executive Comm. Member, New York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways
  Grant Loomis, Vice President of Government Affairs
Buffalo Niagara Partnership
  Elizabeth Carey, Public and Government Affairs Manager
AAA Western and Central New York
  Rocky Moretti, Director of Research & Policy
TRIP
CONTACT:

Rocky Moretti
Carolyn Bonifas Kelly
(TRIP)

202.262.0714 (cell)
703.801.9212 (cell)