BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Senator Charles Schumer is asking the federal Department of Transportation to give Buffalo $28 million to continue its "Cars Sharing Main Street" program, extending it to the lower portion of Main Street.
Schumer outlined his plan late Monday morning. The City of Buffalo applied for a federal TIGER grant, and Schumer sent a letter of support to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
"This project will upgrade obsolete transit and pedestrian facilities, restore vehicular access to Main Street buildings, improve downtown traffic circulation, and attract new employers and businesses to Main Street," Schumer wrote in the letter.
Buffalo has received TIGER grant funding for other projects. Already, cars returned to the 700 Block of Main Street, and work on the 600 and 500 Blocks are underway. Federal funding paid for the majority of those projects.
This new proposal, should it be approved, would affect a small portion of Main Street from Mohawk Street to Court Street and a much larger stretch from the base of the former HSBC Tower all the way to the waterfront.
Mayor Byron Brown and other local leaders joined Schumer at a news conference Monday morning to outline the plan.
Schumer warned that the TIGER grant funding is highly competitive but said he will put his full political weight behind this project.