TRIP To Release Reports On Five New York Metro Areas

Trip LogoTRIP announced that it will be releasing media advisories for the Albany, Buffalo, NewYork City, Rochester and Syracuse markets tomorrow, January 14.  The TRIP report evaluates the current condition, use and funding of New York State’s highway transportation system.  In addition to statewide information, regional breakdowns for the five regions where the report will be released are contained in the appendices.   The report also quantifies the cost to motorists of driving on roads that lack desirable safety features, have inadequate capacity to meet travel demands or have poor pavement conditions.

Joining TRIP in speaking at the news conferences will be members of the New York State Legislature and representatives from AAA, regional Chambers of Commerce and the New York Roadway Improvement Coalition

Following are specific announcement for each of the areas:

ALBANY MEDIA ADVISORY

NEW REPORT EVALUATES ALBANY ROAD & BRIDGE CONDITIONS, CONGESTION, TRAFFIC SAFETY AND TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

A new report that evaluates the current condition, use and funding of New York State’s highway transportation system will be released at a news conference in Albany, at 10 a.m. on January 14.

The report, “Future Mobility in New York: The Condition and Use of New York’s Surface Transportation System,” analyzes road and bridge conditions, traffic congestion, economic development, highway safety, and transportation funding in New York State. TRIP’s report finds that Albany drivers lose more than $1,100 each year as a result of driving on roads that are congested, deteriorated or lack some desirable safety features. In addition to statewide information, the report contains regional breakdowns for Albany, Buffalo, New York City, Rochester and Syracuse. TRIP is a national nonprofit transportation research group based in Washington, DC

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

WHEN:                        Thursday, January 14 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:                        New York State Legislative Office Building

LCA Room

Albany, NY

WHO:                                    Steve Stallmer

New York Roadway Improvement Coalition

New York State Business Council Representative

Carolyn Bonifas, Associate Director of Research and Communication TRIP

BUFFALO MEDIA ADVISORY

NEW REPORT EVALUATES BUFFALO ROAD & BRIDGE CONDITIONS, CONGESTION, TRAFFIC SAFETY AND TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

A new report that evaluates the current condition, use and funding of New York State’s highway transportation system will be released at a news conference in Buffalo, at 2 p.m. on January 14.

The report, “Future Mobility in New York: The Condition and Use of New York’s Surface Transportation System,” analyzes road and bridge conditions, traffic congestion, economic development, highway safety, and transportation funding in New York State. TRIP’s report finds that Buffalo drivers lose more than $1,000 each year as a result of driving on roads that are congested, deteriorated or lack some desirable safety features. In addition to statewide information, the report contains regional breakdowns for Albany, Buffalo, New York City, Rochester and Syracuse. TRIP is a national nonprofit transportation research group based in Washington, DC

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

WHEN:                        Thursday, January 14 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:                        AAA Car Care Plus

2131 Eggert Road

Amherst, NY

WHO:                                    Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, New York State Senate

Senator William Stachowski, New York State Senate

Tom Chestnut, President and CEO, AAA Western and Central New York

Frank Moretti, Director of Policy and Research TRIP

Lack of Funding Creating Poor Road Conditions in NYCDamaging Cars Costing Motorists Hundreds of Dollars in Repairsand Wasting More than Forty Hours a Year of Every Driver’s Personal Time

The General Contractors Association of New York (GCA), AAA of New York and TRIP, a national transportation research organization will release a detailed report showing how a lack of proper fundingis causing road and bridge disrepair in New York City, damaging the economy, costing jobs, forcing motorists to spend hundreds of dollars a year in repairs to their cars and wasting more than forty hours a year of each drivers personal time because of clogged roadways.

Their findings will be released at 12 noon on Thursday, January 14th at Astoria Auto Repair located at 40-17 28th Avenue (Near  Steinway Street  and 28th Ave.) Master Technician, Frank Vozos will show how poor road conditions have caused damage to:  wheel and steering alignment, tires, suspension, axels, tie rods, bumper and underbelly of cars caused by poor road and bridge conditions.

They will be joined by New York State Senator Martin Dilan, the Chairman of the New York State Senate Transportation Committee.

According to GCA Executive Director Denise Richardson, “New York faces a significant backlog in funding needed transportation improvements and repairs over the next 20 years. Numerous projects needed to maintain and expand the current transportation system will not be able to move forwardwithout a significant, long-term boost in funding at the local, state and federal level.”

Richardson says the impact on taxpayers and motorists is significant:

  • New York  State residents incur significant costs as a result of roads and highways being congested, deteriorated and lacking desirable safety features, costing taxpayers $16.4 billion and the average New York City driver $1,888 annually in traffic accidents, additional vehicle operating costs and congestion-related delays.
  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs each motorist in the New York City region $638 annually in extra vehicle operating costs. These costs include accelerated vehicle depreciation, additional repair costs and increased fuel consumption and tire wear.
  • Traffic congestion in the New York City area costs approximately $951 per driver in lost time and wasted fuel. The average New York City driver loses 44 hours per year due to traffic congestion, hampering mobility for individuals and businesses and impeding the region’s economic development.
  • Traffic crashes in the New York City metro area in which roadway design was a factor cost approximately $299 per driver annually, including medical costs, lost economic and household productivity, property damage and travel delays.

Richardson points out that:

  • New York’s statewide 20-year transportation system analysis found that the state needs to spend $175 billion from 2010 to 2030 to maintain roads, highways, bridges and transit systems and to provide adequate mobility.  But under current funding formulas, the state expects that revenues will be less than half that amount, resulting in a transportation funding shortfall of at least $87 billion from 2010 to 2030.
  • The condition and efficiency of New York’s transportation system is critical to the health of the state’s economy.  Businesses are increasingly reliant on an efficient and reliable transportation system to move products and services.  A key component in business efficiency and success is the level and ease of access to customers, markets, materials and workers.
  • 54% of major roads in the New York City area are rated poor – the 6th highest percentage in the nation among large cities, 35% of bridges are structurally deficient, and the average driver loses 44 hours per year due to traffic congestion.

What:              GCA, AAA and TRIP will issue a detailed report showing how road and bridge disrepair in New York City caused by a lack of proper funding will hurt the economy, cost jobs, force motorists to spend hundreds of dollars a year in repairs and waste more than forty hours a year of each drivers personal time because of clogged roadways.

When:             12 noon on Thursday, January 14th

Where:              Astoria Auto Repair

located at 40-17 28th Avenue

Near Steinway Street and 28th Ave.

ROCHESTER MEDIA ADVISORY

NEW REPORT EVALUATES ROCHESTER ROAD & BRIDGE CONDITIONS, CONGESTION, TRAFFIC SAFETY AND TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

A new report that evaluates the current condition, use and funding of New York State’s highway transportation system will be released at a news conference in Rochester, at 10 a.m. on January 14.

The report, “Future Mobility in New York: The Condition and Use of New York’s Surface Transportation System,” analyzes road and bridge conditions, traffic congestion, economic development, highway safety, and transportation funding in New York State. TRIP’s report finds that Rochester drivers lose more than $800 each year as a result of driving on roads that are congested, deteriorated or lack some desirable safety features. In addition to statewide information, the report contains regional breakdowns for Albany, Buffalo, New York City, Rochester and Syracuse. TRIP is a national nonprofit transportation research group based in Washington, DC

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

WHEN:                        Thursday, January 14 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:                        UNICON Rochester

16 West Main Street

Suite #204

Rochester, NY

WHO:                                    Ken Warner, Executive Director UNICON

Chris Weist, Vice President for Government Relations & Advocacy, Rochester Business Alliance

Frank Moretti, Director of Research and Policy TRIP

SYRACUSE MEDIA ADVISORY

NEW REPORT EVALUATES SYRACUSE ROAD & BRIDGE CONDITIONS, CONGESTION, TRAFFIC SAFETY AND TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

A new report that evaluates the current condition, use and funding of New York State’s highway transportation system will be released at a news conference in Syracuse, at 2 p.m. on January 14.

The report, “Future Mobility in New York: The Condition and Use of New York’s Surface Transportation System,” analyzes road and bridge conditions, traffic congestion, economic development, highway safety, and transportation funding in New York State. TRIP’s report finds that Syracuse drivers lose nearly $900 each year as a result of driving on roads that are congested, deteriorated or lack some desirable safety features. In addition to statewide information, the report contains regional breakdowns for Albany, Buffalo, New York City, Rochester and Syracuse. TRIP is a national nonprofit transportation research group based in Washington, DC

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

WHEN:                        Thursday, January 14 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:                        Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce

572 S. Salina Street

Syracuse, NY

WHO:                                    Senator David Valesky, New York State Senate

Darlene Kerr, President, Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce

Carolyn Bonifas, Associate Director of Research and Communication TRIP

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