Reps Mallkiotakis, Gillibrand Push For Staten Island HOV Lane Extension Addition To State Infrastructure Plan

Malliotakis, Gillibrand Push Hochul to Include Staten Island HOV Lane Extension in State Infrastructure Plan

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11) and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand pushed New York Governor Kathy Hochul to include the Staten Island Expressway HOV lane extension in the upcoming five-year State Transportation Infrastructure Plan (STIP).
“For years, the completion of the HOV lane has been a long-awaited project and has shared overwhelming bipartisan support by federal and local officials, the residents of Staten Island, and the thousands of motorists who frequent the Expressway each day,” the lawmakers wrote. “The extension would bring much-needed relief by alleviating congestion brought on by an abrupt end to the unfinished HOV lane.”
The project initially broke ground during the Obama Administration through its shovel-ready jobs initiative, however, in 2015, a lack of funding halted construction of the HOV lane two miles short of its intended finish line creating a bottleneck of traffic and higher air pollution in underserved communities. The lawmakers are urging Hochul to make the completion of this project a top priority and utilize federal funds from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to cover some of the cost. The IIJA is currently providing federal funding for several projects in Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn, including the rehabilitation of overpasses on the Staten Island and Gowanus Expressways.
The lawmakers added: “Recent estimates by NYSDOT have placed the cost to complete the HOV lane in both directions from $500 million to $800 million. We strongly believe that this estimate is high, and the project could be completed for much less…With new federal revenue sources through BIF and encouraging discussions with the New York State Department of Transportation under your Administration, we believe that there is a path forward to completing the extension to the Goethals Bridge. We respectfully ask that the long overdue completion of this project, which is so vital to the quality of life of Staten Islanders, be strongly considered in the upcoming STIP.”
Download a copy of Malliotakis & Gillibrand’s letter HERE.
Banner Image: Verrazzano Bridge. Image Credit –  sativis

Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis

Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis was sworn in on January 3, 2021 to represent Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn. Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 2, 2010, defeating a two-term incumbent. In the Assembly, she served as Minority Whip and the ranking minority member of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Employees. For five terms, Congresswoman Malliotakis fought to restore ethics in Albany, expand transit service in her district, improve programs for senior citizens, reform education and improve New York’s economic climate by reducing the tax burden on small businesses and residents. A cornerstone of her tenure was helping her community recover and rebuild following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In addition to advocating for these same issues in Washington, Congresswoman Malliotakis is acutely focused on securing New York’s fair share of federal mass transit funding, which would go towards expanding transportation services and easing traffic congestion, while also championing public safety by supporting our nation’s law enforcement officers. Congresswoman Malliotakis is the daughter of immigrants, her father from Greece and her mother a Cuban exile of the Castro dictatorship. She is currently the only Republican member representing New York City in Congress, representing a district spanning the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. She is a passionate advocate for animal rights and the strengthening of animal cruelty laws, and in her spare time, enjoys spending time with her chihuahua, Peanut.

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