Moving New York Forward

New York State takes on the infrastructure challenges of today for a better tomorrow

The future of business in New York State is moving ever upward, buoyed by the lowest taxes in decades, a talented workforce, world-class innovations and major investments in the essential building blocks of progress: infrastructure and transportation.

By making infrastructure and transportation projects a key priority, the State of New York is demonstrating a strong commitment to remaining competitive in an evolving global economy.

With a $100 billion plan to build the new New York, projects like the reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge, now known as the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, are happening on time and on budget. Additionally, other major investments in airports, roads and bridges continue to progress statewide.

Here are just a few major investments in these areas demonstrating how New York is building for a bigger and better future:

LaGuardia Airport Revitalization

It has been more than 20 years since the nation has seen a complete rebuild of a U.S. airport. After kicking off construction last summer, the initial wave of upgrades to LaGuardia airport are already evident among travelers flying in and out of New York.

From new Delta Airlines facilities to modernized gates, the revitalization of LaGuardia will transform the airport into a single, unified facility, offering expanded transportation access and top-tier traveler amenities. Reflecting the insights and findings of Governor Cuomo’s Airport Advisory Panel, the new LaGuardia will receive a cosmetic overhaul, featuring a new, light-filled Central Hall where passengers arrive as its centerpiece.

The airport will also move closer to the Grand Central Parkway -- the main entrance and exit point into LaGuardia for vehicles -- thus increasing airport taxiways by more than two miles, and ultimately reducing ground delays and traffic.

The rebuilding of one of the world’s busiest and well-known airports -- with improvements in drop-off and pick-up access, state-of-the-art amenities, and a more resilient foundation to withstand extreme weather -- will transform a formerly deteriorating facility into a world-class, 21st century transportation hub.

New LaGuardia Renderings

The New NY Bridge Project

By replacing the 60-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge with the New NY Bridge -- used by an average of 140,000 vehicles per day -- the 3.1-mile bridge will open up eight general traffic lanes, as well as four breakdown and emergency lanes. Additionally, there will be space for future buses, rapid transit and commuter rails, a bicycle and walking path with six unique viewing areas, cashless tolling and energy-efficient LED lighting. The new state-of-the-art bridge is not expected to require any major structural repairs for at least 100 years, making it a long-term solution to easing frustrations of the millions of commuters who rely on the Hudson River crossing.

Under Governor Cuomo’s direction, the New York State Thruway Authority has overseen this project since 2013 with two fundamental goals: First, to open the bridge in 2018; and second, to finish the bridge at or below the budgeted cost of $3.98 billion. During the final days of 2016, the Governor announced the topping off and completion of eight main span towers of the bridge; and on Aug. 24, 2017, Governor Cuomo announced the opening of the first span of the structure, now the Governor Mario M Cuomo Bridge and the first cable-stayed bridge across the Hudson River.  The project is on budget and on schedule, as construction continues on the bridge’s second span.  

After more than a decade of setbacks, the New NY Bridge has evolved from a project mired in delays and dysfunction to become an example of efficient construction; one that offers motorists travelling through the Hudson Valley region a less congested and safer route.

Governor Cuomo Announces Milestone Topping Off and Completion of Eight Main Span Towers on New NY Bridge

Syracuse Hancock International Airport Redevelopment Project

Driven by $35.8 million in funding from the state, Central New York will soon be home to one of the nation’s premier airports. As part of an ongoing Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition, the new Syracuse Hancock International Airport will serve as a doorway to the region’s many attractions, while also ensuring that the economic gains made over the past few years continue.

The investment will turn an aging facility into a modern, sophisticated transportation hub that addresses the needs of today’s business and leisure traveler. The overhaul of the airport’s infrastructure features a wide-scale refurbishing of the grand hall, food, beverage and retail concessions, and a redesign of the airport’s exterior facade.

In addition to essential reconstruction within the airport’s gates and terminals, plans to build a new Regional Aviation History Museum, glass pedestrian bridge and eco-friendly roof are also being incorporated, along with new interior flooring and furniture to provide a welcoming atmosphere for travelers visiting the state from around the world.

The Syracuse Hancock International Airport looks to support more than 7,500 jobs, generating nearly $597 million in economic impact throughout the Central New York region. The goal of this investment is an overall increase in economic opportunity, attracting new businesses and visitors, and improving the travel experience.

The new Syracuse Hancock International Airport is expected to be completed by 2019.


Plattsburgh International Airport Redesign

Given its physical characteristics and geographic location, a redesigned Plattsburgh International Airport will be a key economic driver in the North Country region.

With $38 million in state-allocated funds, Plattsburgh International hopes to improve passenger experience by increasing capacity while also adding new retail and concession options. Among the primary components of this plan is the establishment of a facility that can support the growing transportation equipment and aerospace industry in and around Plattsburgh and the broader North Country region.

This project -- along with the Syracuse Hancock International Airport, part of the ongoing Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition – will take a currently underused former military facility and transform it into a new air cargo receiving and distribution center and general aviation customs facility, creating 825 construction jobs.

The new air cargo receiving and distribution center will allow regional manufacturers to transport their own materials, create jobs and attract new companies to the region. Establishment of the new general aviation customs facility will also expand international connectivity, allowing foreign aircraft to use the North Country airport as a base of operations.


Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex

In 2016, after decades of stops and starts, Governor Cuomo announced bold plans for New York City’s Penn Station, a nexus for suburban commuter rail, the New York subway and Amtrak.

In 2017, those plans have moved closer to reality.

The plans call for the transformation of Manhattan’s historic James A. Farley Post Office into the Moynihan Train Hall, a 21st century world-class transportation hub. As part of the new Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex, the project also includes the creation of 700,000 square feet new commercial, retail and dining space within the Farley Building. 

On Aug. 17, the Governor announced the start of major construction on a 255,000 square-foot Train Hall.  

The Train Hall, targeted for completion by the end of 2020, is part of the $2.5 billion transformation of the Penn-Farley Complex that also incorporates a comprehensive redesign of the Long Island Railroad’s  33rd Street concourse at Penn Station, as well as extensive renovation to the adjacent Seventh and Eighth Avenue subway stations.

The redesign includes nearly tripling the width of the corridor -- the entryway to the city for many people -- transforming it into a more welcoming doorway to NYC by significantly decreasing overcrowding and congestion, while modernizing the hub with notably higher ceilings and providing bright lighting as well as new ticketing, directional and information systems.

With the overarching goal of improving the passenger experience and circulation in Penn Station, commuters from within the city and outside already are seeing progress, as the expanded West End Concourse opened in June.

 View from 8th Avenue

Second Ave Subway

After nearly a century of planning and construction, the Second Avenue Subway is no longer a dream for residents of Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood.

On Jan. 1, New York City celebrated the opening of its first major subway line expansion in more than 50 years, featuring innovations such as a low-vibration track for a smoother, more comfortable ride, as well as a series of new, luminous subway stations.

The new stations offer ADA-compliant access for riders with disabilities, climate control, high ceilings, vibrant lighting and what’s being referred to as “the largest permanent public art installation in state history,” with dramatic, large-scale works by notable artists at each of the line’s new stations. Further phases of the project look to extend the new line down to Hanover Square in the Financial District and up into East Harlem.

The new Second Avenue Subway also serves as a cornerstone for the “New MTA” -- an effort to build a cutting-edge transportation network that’s smarter, faster and more efficient than any other in the world. The New MTA website offers more details on proposals – all a part of New York’s unprecedented $100 billion infrastructure plan to build a new New York.

72nd Street Station of the Second Avenue Subway