A report today from the Building a Better Rochester coalition said the Rochester area gets less state aid for road and bridge repairs than other upstate regions.
It’s the latest attempt by the group of business and labor leaders to point out inequities in funding from Albany to the Rochester area. Last year, the group highlighted that the city of Rochester gets less per capita aid than Buffalo and Syracuse—a battle the city has waged for a decade.
The Rochester region has the second most lane miles in the state, behind only the Albany area, the report said. Yet between 2006 and 2011, the Rochester region received less in aid for roads and bridges than other upstate cities. Rochester received $373 million, while Albany received the most at $648 million; Buffalo at $585 million; and Syracuse at $387 million.
On a per-capita basis, Rochester, the state’s third largest city, trailed the other upstate cities in spending from the state Department of Transportation. Rochester received $55.85 per capita, compared to $113.10 for Albany; $83.60 for Buffalo and $56.85 for Syracuse.
“The Rochester area highway construction industry requires increased state funding,” the report said. “With the decline of traditional tax revenues for the city (Kodak, Xerox and Bausch & Lomb), the Rochester region’s funding needs are significantly greater than in past decades.”