Two Agencies Fund Cornucopia of Projects for Saving Energy:
Bicycles, Canal Boats, Nighttime Deliveries Are All in the Mix
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and New York State DoT are pumping $484,000 and $695,000 respecyively – leveraging an additional $700,000 in recipient cost-sharing – to reduce energy use and emissions “in all facets of transportation in the state.” Projects range from better bicycle lanes to more efficient freight delivery.
“These projects have the potential to limit the environmental impact of cars, trucks, trains, buses and boats in New York State, NYSERDA president and CEO Francis Murray said in a release.
Organizations and universities receiving funding are working on projects that:
- reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicles on the road and promote the use of mass or alternative forms of transit;
- improve fuel efficiency by coordinating traffic signals in response to real-time traffic conditions;
- promote upstate bicycle use and car- or bike-sharing as a viable means of alternative transportation; and
- evaluate innovative freight delivery strategies and vehicles for congested urban areas.
- Buffalo Carshare – $250,000 – battery electric vehicles;
- Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus – $162,600 – smart cards for easier access to multiple alternative transportation options;
- GObike Buffalo – $75,000 – new bicycle master plan;
- Genesee Transportation Council – $75,000 – bike-sharing;
- Energetics Incorporated – $75,000 – idle reduction;
- New West Technologies – $234,000 – battery-electric propulsion for a New York State Canal Corp work boat;
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – $75,000 – “smart” traffic lights;
- Lighting Research Center at RPI – $20,000 – roadway lighting;
- New York City Department of Transportation – $112,500 – off-hour truck deliveries (NYCDoT has offered incentives to firms willing to receive their deliveries in off hours; F&F, January 31);
- WXY Architecture + Urban Design – $75,000 – freight-based “green loading zones” in New York City; and
- The University Transportation Research Center at CUNY, the City University of New York – $25,000 – small-sized, alternative delivery vehicles such as bicycles, tricycles and electric vans in New York City.
Transportation consumes three-fourths of all petroleum used in New York State and is responsible for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions, the agencies say.
“These research projects will help develop programs and technologies that support economic development and job growth, enhance mobility and traffic safety, and protect air quality and our environment now and for the future,” said NYSDoT commissioner Joan McDonald.
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Source: NYSERDA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up