Schumer secures over $480 million for Upstate NY airports and transit systems

Upstate Airports Will Get $84M & Upstate Transit Systems Are Estimated To Get $395M In Federal Dollars As Part Of Schumer-Led American Rescue Plan

Schumer Says Pandemic Has Created Unnavigable Storms For Airports And Public Transportation; Lands Fed Assistance For Road To Transit Recovery

Schumer: More Help Is On The Way For Upstate Transit Grounded By Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC —  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced that the recently-signed American Rescue Plan includes $480,249,023 that will guide Upstate New York’s pandemic-battered airports and transit systems to lift off. Specifically, Upstate airports will receive $84,410,140, and Upstate transit systems will receive $395,838,883 of the total amount.

Schumer said that as the COVID crisis extends beyond what was initially estimated, impacting the air travel industry and public transportation systems for months on end, the federal funding allocated for them in the American Rescue Plan will help transportation systems keep their wheels turning while New York recovers from the pandemic and returns to ‘normal’.

“Air travel and public transportation are among the most severely impacted industries amid the pandemic, and both are vital to the connectivity and success of the Upstate economy,” said Senator Schumer. “Airports and transit systems serve important functions in their communities, especially in more rural areas, connecting communities and residents and allowing for economic opportunities to cruise in. As Majority Leader, I was proud to make transportation funding a priority and the American Rescue Plan will deliver this much needed aid to keep Upstate residents connected. Help is on the way that will put Upstate New York’s transportation on the road to recovery.”

Schumer explained that the funding announced today will be allocated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and includes $12.5 million for the New York State DOT Rural 5311 program. This program aims to support public transportation in areas with populations of less than 50,000 people and funds may be used for capital and operating assistance grants to local public bodies, tribes, and operators of intercity bus services in rural areas.

This funding is in addition to the $143,980,632 Schumer secured for upstate airports and $395,239,378 for upstate transit in the past relief bills. In total, Schumer has now secured over $624,229,655  for upstate airports and  $624,472,505 for transit in the past year.

Estimated breakdowns of the $480 million going to Upstate New York airports and transit systems can be found below:




Albany International


Plattsburgh International


Columbia County


Saratoga County


Floyd Bennett Memorial


Schenectady County


Adirondack Regional


Fulton County


Ticonderoga Municipal




Lake Placid




Syracuse Hancock International


Ogdensburg International


Watertown International


Massena International-Richards Field


Potsdam Municipal/Damon Field


Griffiss International


Oswego County


Cortland County-Chase Field


Hamilton Municipal


Greater Rochester International


Penn Yan




Finger Lakes Regional


Dansville Municipal


Genesee County




Westchester County


New York Stewart International


Orange County


Sullivan County International


Warwick Municipal


Joseph Y Resnick


Hudson Valley Regional


Elmira/Corning Regional


Ithaca Tompkins Regional


Greater Binghamton/Edwin A Link Field


Corning-Painted Post




Wellsville Municipal Airport, Tarantine Field


Sidney Municipal


Albert S. Nader Regional


Lt Warren Eaton


Cattaraugus County-Olean


Hornell Municipal


Buffalo Niagara International


Niagara Falls International


Chautauqua County/Dunkirk


Chautauqua County/Jamestown





Albany-Schenectady, NY (CDTA)


Bridgeport-Stamford, CT-NY


Buffalo, NY


Ithaca, NY (TCAT)


Poughkeepsie-Newburgh, NY-NJ


Rochester, NY (RGRTA)


Syracuse, NY (Centro)


Utica, NY (Centro)


Elmira, NY  (C -TRAN)


Kingston, NY


Binghamton, NY-PA  (BC Transit)


Saratoga Springs, NY


Glens Falls, NY


Watertown, NY (CitiBus)


Middletown, NY

$125, 700

NYSDOT Rural (5311)