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Push for federal dollars for Cycle Track project

Rochester, N.Y.- New York Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing for federal funding to jump start the College Town Cycle Track project.

The College Town Cycle Track would develop a two-way bike path along Elmwood Avenue, connecting the Genesee River Trail and the University of Rochesters River Campus with the U of Rs Medical Center, College Town, and Mt. Hope Avenue.  

Further phases of the project would extend the path into Brighton.

Senator Schumer is specifically targeting a $1 million grant from the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP).  It is made up of of federal funds that are allocated through the New York State Dept. of Transportation.  

Schumer said the application will be submitted to the NYSDOT Commissioner by the end of the month, and he is putting his full weight behind the project.

College Town has the potential to be a future hub of job growth and economic development in Rochester, where college students and local residents could come to enjoy new shopping, restaurants and local businesses. Better connecting College Town to the local scenic trails, University of Rochester campuses and the surrounding community by bike path is an innovative idea, one that will greatly aid in the development of College Town itself, said Schumer.  Thats why Im pushing for federal dollars to put this project on the path to construction, because at the end of the road are more jobs, and more customers for future College Town businesses.

The City of Rochester submitted an application for the money to the regional NYSDOT office in Monroe County, which in turn must submit candidate projects to the NYSDOT Commissioner by the end of the month in order to compete for a funding award.  The project plans to leverage this funding with private investment.

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