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State budget talks result in $100M for Metro Rail improvements

April 1, 2019 news

ALBANY — The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is in line for a $100 million state aid boost over the next five years to use for major infrastructure improvements on its deteriorating Metro Rail system.

The agreement came Saturday evening between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the state Legislature, according to information obtained by The Buffalo News.

It is not expected to be approved in the 2019 state budget lawmakers are rushing to try to wrap up on Sunday, but officials said they expect a final statewide capital plan — including the NFTA funding — to be approved in this legislative session.

The light rail funding was among an array of deals getting final approval Saturday at the Capitol as lawmakers rushed to get a 2019 state budget in place, including an end to the cash bail system for most individuals arrested in New York.

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