CDTA to receive $60M in federal funding, President Trump tweets

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Millions of dollars is coming to the Capital District Transportation Authority, according to a tweet by Pres. Donald Trump.

The president tweeted on Thursday that $60.9 million would be coming to CDTA from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The money will be used to create CDTA’s third bus rapid transit line, which will run through the Washington Avenue/Western Avenue Corridor. It will be called the Purple Line and will go through the University at Albany campus.

It’s a $77.7 million project, and $60.9 million is being covered by the federal money the president announced. The rest of the money will come from CDTA as well as state and local funding.

The Red Line is currently the only bus rapid transit line in operation. It runs from downtown Albany to the city of Schenectady. A bus comes about every 10 minutes. The second rapid bus transit line for the River Corridor will come online in the fall.

It is unclear when the Purple Line will be operational.

CDTA said it found out about the federal funding from the president’s tweet.

The tweet comes one day after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke with President Trump at the White House.

During the visit, Cuomo spoke about how infrastructure would help supercharge the reopening of the economy. Cuomo said that infrastructure projects — such as better roads, bridges and tunnels — would help put people to work and boost the economy

He said it’s been done before, and it worked. During the Great Depression, more than 650,000 miles or roads and bridges were built, and more than eight million people were employed during that time.

“When is there going to be a better moment in history to do it?” he questioned. “You’re spending billions and trillions of dollars to handle COVID-19 and bring back the economy – at least build things that we can leave our children.”

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