Our regional transportation network is a vital piece of the Buffalo Niagara economy. We rely on roads and bridges to move people and goods around the region and to connect us with the rest of the country – and world. With our region’s position on an international border and the prominence of the local logistics industry; the transportation network plays a critical role in the Buffalo Niagara region. As such, the Partnership has taken a strong position role in advocating for our region’s fair allocation of transportation funds from the state and federal governments, as well as supporting projects that strengthen our infrastructure.
Recently, the Partnership joined the transportation research group, TRIP, at a press conference to discuss the state of roads and bridges in our region. TRIP released their annual report of New York’s transportation issues and the news wasn’t good for Buffalo Niagara. According to the report, pavement conditions on 47% of the major urban roads in our region were found to be in either mediocre or poor condition. Even more alarming, 9% of our region’s bridges were in structurally deficient condition, while 27% were functionally obsolete. TRIP estimates that an inadequate transportation system costs Buffalo Niagara drivers an additional $1,873 each year.
WNY’s roads and bridges, key elements to our region’s success, are deteriorating and are in need of more funding. However, WNY receives less than 9% of statewide Department of Transportation funding – even though it is home to a higher percentage of roads and bridges. For these reasons, and many others, the Partnership is committed to advocating on behalf of WNY’s transportation needs. The TRIP data is evidence that there is a lot of work to be done and the region needs to be proactive in ensuring that we receive fair funding for local programs.
The Partnership’s Logistics and Transportation Council works on many issues related to transportation advocacy. If you would like to learn more, please contact Daniel Leonard.