NYSERDA and NYSDOT Announce $3 Million for Innovative Solutions to Improve New York State’s Transportation System

Funding Continues Successful Collaboration That Has Resulted in New Technologies, Safer Roads, and Increased Public Transit Ridership

April 17, 2019

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced $3 million in available funding for innovative proposals to improve the efficiency of New York’s transportation system while reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Today’s announcement supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nation-leading Green New Deal and supports the State’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Reducing carbon emissions from transportation plays an important role in addressing climate change. Governor Cuomo’s leadership in advancing innovative transportation solutions will help transform our communities and provide all New Yorkers with cleaner and safer transportation options."

NYSERDA and NYSDOT will award the funding as part of a two-step competitive process. Applicants must first submit concept papers that illustrate proposals with broad application or impact across New York State, demonstrate new technologies, increase access to alternative modes of transportation, or make roads safer. Concept papers will be accepted through October 30, 2019 and must center on innovative strategies in one of the following areas:

  • Efficient mobility solutions: Projects to reduce transportation congestion and shift travel demand to more energy-efficient modes, such as public transportation, greater bicycle availability, and overall improvements in mobility for people and commercial goods.
  • Efficient infrastructure, operations, and systems planning: Projects to increase transportation efficiency by optimizing operations, expanding transportation options, or employing technology-driven approaches that can improve and be integrated into larger infrastructure improvement initiatives.

NYSERDA and NYSDOT will undertake a competitive process to identify applicants with the best concept papers who will then be invited to submit proposals. Proposals will then be reviewed and selected to be awarded funding. For more information, please visit NYSERDA’s websiteLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

The transportation sector is one of the largest producers of energy related greenhouse gas emissions in New York State. NYSERDA and NYSDOT have collaborated on numerous projects that support new, innovative technologies and local initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These projects include:

  • Supporting a tri-city commuter challenge in Westchester county that resulted in employees in New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers increasing their use of public transportation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Providing food truck vendors at two popular Montauk, Long Island beaches with power directly from the electric grid using newly installed power pedestals instead of portable diesel or gasoline-powered generators.
  • Funding a study to support installing new LED street lights at Central Avenue in Colonie (Albany County) to enhance vis0ibility and safety, as well as reduce energy costs. Installations were completed in February.
  • Funding the Olli Bus, a self-driving electric shuttle that is being tested at the University at Buffalo with a goal of replacing a gas-emitting student shuttle in the future.
  • Funding a community-based study to solve parking problems in the Fruit Belt neighborhood of Buffalo, which helped inform the subsequent residents’ parking permit program.
  • Launching a bike share program in Ithaca and implementing plans to double the percentage of bike use in and around the city.
  • Funding planning studies for placing electric vehicle charging stations in five upstate areas along the I-90 corridor.

In addition to these projects, New York State has launched numerous initiatives as part of its overall clean transportation strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the Governor’s nation-leading clean energy and climate agenda. These initiatives are increasing the number of electric vehicles and charging stations in New York on a path to achieve Governor Cuomo's Charge NY goal of 10,000 electric vehicle charging stations by the end of 2021. In fact New Yorkers bought more electric vehicles in one year than ever before - more than 16,000 electric vehicles were sold in 2018, about 60 percent more than in 2017. Major transportation initiatives include:

  • The New York Power Authority’s commitment of up to $250 million through 2025 for EVolve NY, an initiative that partners with the private sector and other key stakeholders to address market gaps in charging infrastructure to accelerate EV adoption and deployment of fast chargers in high-traffic corridors across the state.
  • NYSERDA’s Drive Clean Rebate, a $70 million rebate and outreach initiative that has already provided more than 14,000 rebates to New York residents of up to $2,000 for the lease or purchase of a new electric car.
  • NYSERDA's $5 million Charge Ready NY initiative, which provides $4,000 per vehicle charging port for public or private employers, building owners, municipalities and non-profit organizations to install Level 2 charging stations, for a total of 1,250 new charging ports.
  • The Department of Environmental Conservation’s availability of $300,000 for rebates to municipalities for the purchase or lease of electric vehicles.
  • NYPA’s initiative with the Thruway Authority to install fast-charging stations at travel plazas and commuter parking lots from one end of the New York State Thruway to the other over the next two years.

About NYSERDA

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on TwitterLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., FacebookLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., YouTubeLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., or InstagramLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

About NYSDOT

The New York State Department of Transportation’s mission is to ensure that those who live, work and travel in New York State have a safe, efficient, balanced and environmentally sound transportation system. NYSDOT was created in 1967 to oversee the state’s complex transportation system.

New York State’s Green New Deal

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Green New Deal, the nation’s leading clean energy and jobs agenda, will aggressively put New York State on a path to economy-wide carbon neutrality This initiative will provide for a just transition to clean energy, spurring the growth of the green economy and mandating New York's power be 100 percent clean and carbon-free by 2040, one of the most aggressive goals in the U.S. The cornerstone of this newly proposed mandate is a significant increase of New York's successful Clean Energy Standard to 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030. As part of the unprecedented ramp-up of renewable energy, New York has already invested $2.9 billion into 46 large-scale renewable projects across the state as it significantly increases its clean energy targets, such as: quadrupling New York's offshore wind target to a nation-leading 9,000 megawatts by 2035; doubling distributed solar deployment to 6,000 megawatts by 2025; and deploying 3,000 megawatts of energy storage by 2030. To support this ambitious work, NY Green Bank intends to use its expertise in overcoming financing gaps to foster greater environmental impacts per public dollar by raising over $1 billion in third party funds to expand climate financing availability across New York and the rest of North America.

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