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Schumer Launches Main Push For New Funding

YONKERS – Standing on the deserted previous Putnam Railroad’s former Lowerre Station alongside advocates that labored tirelessly to rework it into the Yonkers Greenway Park, US Senate Majority Chief Charles E. Schumer Friday introduced his main new push to ship over $5.4 million to the Metropolis of Yonkers by the US Division of Transportation’s (USDOT) first-ever Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program to rework the long-abandoned Previous Putnam Railroad right into a first-of-its-kind greenway to reconnect Southwest Yonkers communities segregated by the Noticed Mill River Parkway to the Bronx and elements of Westchester whereas respiratory new life into traditionally redlined neighborhoods’ by revitalization of the South Broadway central enterprise district.

Schumer defined that the brand new $1 billion infusion over 5 years for the Reconnecting Communities Program he championed within the Bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs Regulation presents the proper alternative for Yonkers to lastly break floor on its 15-year community-led imaginative and prescient to reconnect communities west of the Noticed Mill River Parkway that was as soon as linked by industrialization and the previous Putnam Railroad. Schumer wrote to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg advocating for Yonkers’ choice, explaining that the undertaking would remodel the deserted previous Putnam Railroad spur to reconnect Southwest Yonkers to Van Cortlandt Park within the Bronx by tree lined biking and strolling paths, and revitalizing Southwest Yonkers’ major enterprise hall with a multimodal Full Avenue, laying the muse for a greater future in Yonkers.

“As Yonkers noticed an unprecedented industrial growth in its Southwest neighborhoods, communities of immigrant staff fashioned alongside the Previous Putnam Railroad, related by its 4 stops operating from Getty Sq. to Van Cortlandt Park within the Bronx. This all modified when the Noticed Mill River Parkway divided the town, relegating low-income housing tasks to the west facet of the parkway, and costlier, split-level houses to the east. Quickly after, the Previous Putnam Railroad ended service, not solely separating Southwest Yonkers’ traditionally redlined communities, but in addition immediately eradicating the roles, schooling, and providers in New York Metropolis and Westchester. With out correct upkeep, the previous Put quickly turned a ghost railroad snaking by working-class communities as an deserted, overgrown, community of separate, polluted dumping grounds,” stated Senator Schumer. “Now, with this first-ever Reconnecting Communities program, we’ve got a possibility to proper this unsuitable for future generations of residents dwelling in Southwest Yonkers. That is why at the moment I’m calling on US DOT to totally fund the Metropolis of Yonkers proposal to reconnect its traditionally redlined communities west of the Noticed Mill that after relied on this deserted spur.”

Schumer defined {that a} lack of timber, inexperienced house, and parks has lengthy plagued Southwest Yonkers, not solely limiting recreation and connectivity, however creating extensive stretches of concrete and pavement trapped warmth with out pure landscapes to soak up it, resulting in city warmth islands. That is most noticeable alongside the derelict former Putnam Railroad, which had as soon as served as a connecting artery for Yonkers to New York Metropolis from 1888-1943, however now serves as a barrier rife with deserted heaps. Schumer stated the federal funding he’s pushing for could be the ultimate piece of the puzzle to totally fund the undertaking and breathe new life to create the colourful neighborhood connector Yonkers has lengthy deserved.

The senator simply helped create the primary of its sort Reconnecting Communities Program within the Bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs Regulation to assist communities like Yonkers take away boundaries like previous highways and different transportation infrastructure that has restricted the connectivity of the neighborhood. Schumer stated that Yonkers is a first-rate candidate to be among the many first recipients of this federal funding, and that their work can function a nationwide instance for reimagining new inexperienced accessible transportation. The $5.4 million that Schumer stated he’s pushing for represents roughly 40% of the estimated price of the whole undertaking.

Particularly, the Yonkers Greenway will remodel the derelict previous railroad hall right into a 3.1-mile multi-use transportation and leisure path. The undertaking will run from the #1 subway within the Bronx to Yonkers MetroNorth Station and alongside a number of Westchester bus routes. Schumer stated that this transformation of the derelict rail hall and blighted heaps alongside it can lastly give residents the higher entry to transportation Southwest Yonkers communities have lengthy desired for every day wants.

Schumer stated that the greenway undertaking can also be interwoven with an entire rehabilitation of enterprise district alongside the South Broadway hall in Yonkers. This shall be a complete set of streetscape enhancements on southwest Yonkers’ under-developed central enterprise hall, which can embody new sidewalks, highway paving, bus stops, lighting, timber and plantings leading to a multi-modal Full Avenue.

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