(Albany) A Revitalization Initiative is currently in effect that some have deemed the 'Upstate Hunger Games' in which the Capital Region and the other six regions outside of Manhattan compete for funding with comprehensive plans to boost their economies. One of the plans that have been discussed, targets transportation needs amongst the counties throughout the Capital Region. The Albany Mayor has provided that Capital Region residents engage in quite a bit of commuting. As such, targeting transportation as a way to revitalize the Upstate economy, making it easier to travel throughout the region, would indeed have a profound effect on the economy.
Recently, CDTA announced plans to introduce a contra-flow traffic system in downtown Troy in addition to constructing a major CDTA hub downtown. This would exemplify the essence of the type of transportation needs that could be met with funding as large as what is being offered to the top three candidates of this Upstate Hunger Game race for $500M in Economic Development and state funding.
The winners will be announced in December. In the meantime, the contestants will present their plans next week to Lt. Govenor Kathy Hochel and NY Secretary of State Cesar Perales. We watch and wait!