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Welcome - my name is Kevin Klinkenberg, and this site "The Messy City" is my blog and company website. I started blogging on urban planning and design issues in 2007, and began working in the field in 1993. Please feel free to connect with me on any of the social media sites listed here. Thanks for reading.

New York state spending more on bike/ped projects


Meant to complement the $67 million allocated last month to “help modernize and enhance” the state’s transportation infrastructure with 63 bicycle and pedestrian path enhancement initiatives, the newly-announced funding will support “recreational and tourism opportunities across the state,” Mr. Cuomo said in a release. “We are looking for projects that can grow local economies and create jobs, while also contributing to cleaner and more resilient communities for years to come.”

It's always good news when state DOT's recognize that more money needs to be spent on something other than highway capacity. And for many of us, $67 million sounds like a lot of money. A point of perspective, though: New York DOT's 2013 capital spending budget (just capital - no operations) was $9.7 billion, with $4.2+ billion dedicated to "Transportation." A single interchange rebuild in today's standard practices often costs in the hundreds of millions of dollars. 

So, yes, some good movement, but as always in the transportation spending world: a long ways to go still to have some true transportation options.

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