Senator Charles Schumer on Tuesday announced that the New York City Department of Transportation will receive $1.4 million in federal funding to support a transportation and housing study in Rockaway. In April, Schumer wrote a letter of to the U.S. Department of Transportation supporting this project through the federal DOT’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant program, which provides funding for road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives.
This study was a primary recommendation by New York Rising, New York State’s community planning effort in neighborhoods heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The coordination by NYCDOT and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development will address transportation options created by planned new housing development, and will identify ways to improve street safety, pedestrian and transit mobility, and the urban environment – helping Rockaway’s continued revival as a beach destination and bringing much-needed support to local businesses still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
The TIGER Discretionary Grant program provides an opportunity for DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. In each round of TIGER, DOT receives many applications to build and repair critical pieces of freight and passenger transportation networks.