U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is aiming to secure $10 million for the city of Syracuse to fund the Connective Corridor project, which would connect downtown with University Hill by making several pedestrian friendly improvements.

Schumer wrote a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in support of the city's push to get funding for this project.

Here is the text of the letter:

The Honorable Ray LaHood

Secretary

US Department of Transportation

400 7th Street, SW

Washington, DC 20590

Dear Secretary:

I am pleased to write in support of the City of Syracuse's application for the third round of funding under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Program (TIGER III). The City's proposed Connective Corridor Project, would be a multimodal transportation and streetscape project that would create a link between the University Hill area and Downtown Syracuse by building a vibrant streetscape with distinctive improvements within the City's right of way.

The Connective Corridor plays a critical role in developing two burgeoning areas of economic and cultural growth. Syracuse's University Hill and Downtown are home to five of the ten largest employers in Central New York- the region's most important economic, cultural, medical and educational institutions including Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate Medical University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry; four major hospitals serving the entire Central New York Region, over 25 cultural venues and five hotels, the region's largest convention and entertainment complex, and the City's central business district.

The Syracuse Connective Corridor would provide cost-effective improvements that would improve transportation infrastructure and construct new multimodal facilities for bicycles, pedestrians and transit services, in comprehensive a manner. This project would also provide creative design solutions that improve operational and safety deficiencies by defining a visible link between these two regionally important economic area as well as a cost-effective, sustainable improvements connecting the Downtown and University Hill areas of the City.

Investing in our nation's infrastructure is now more important than ever, and the City of Syracuse's Connective Corridor Project embodies the job creation and economic development spirit of TIGER III. Thank you for your consideration of the City of Syracuse's project application. If you have any further questions or need additional information, please contact Eric Morrissette in my Washington, DC office at 202-224-6542.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Schumer

In 2006, Schumer secured $2 million for the project and while this would have benefits for those who live and work in Syracuse, he also sees this as a job creating project, since construction crews will be put to work.

"The Connective Corridor would finally create a much needed link between downtown Syracuse and University Hill," Schumer said in a news release. "By finishing this project, we'd link these two parts of the city with a new network of bike lanes and sidewalks and make significant improvements to traffic flow so that people, goods, and services can flow throughout Syracuse. This plan would be a winner for Syracuse and help create hundreds of good-paying construction jobs at a time when we need them the most."

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