WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-New Hartford) today announced that $7.618 million for transportation and infrastructure improvements in Ontario and Seneca Counties has been included in federal six-year highway reauthorization conference report. Boehlert is co-chair of the FAIR Alliance, which was established to fight any changes to the minimum guarantee program and to maintain New York’s share of vital federal highway funding. “Working with my New York colleagues, we formed the FAIR coalition with the hope of protecting the current rate of return of federal highway funds to New York,” said Boehlert, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and TEA-LU conference committee member. “We were pitted against the SHARE coalition, a group led by Majority Leader Delay, which fought against us every step of the way to attain more funding. Some were saying it was a battle of muscle vs. merit and muscle would win, but the results are in, merit won the day and the final formula works to our advantage.” Projects to receive funding include:$418,000 – Geneva Transportation Center Project – consists of renovations and additions to a building that will serve as a passenger rail center as part of a larger intermodal facility and downtown redevelopment project. This is also a portion of the Lake & Exchange Streets Redevelopment Project that will add to the economic opportunities for the City of Geneva and the surrounding area.$5.6 million – Former Seneca Army Depot – The funds will be used to improve traffic flow surrounding the Seneca Army Depot, diverting traffic around the Village of Waterloo, and encouraging further economic redevelopment efforts at the depot.$1.6 million for the New York Susquehanna & Western Railway rail line will be used for grade crossing improvements on a stretch of track that extends from Utica through Auburn to Geneva. This funding will improve safety and mobility along these points throughout Central New York.In the last highway reauthorization bill, Rep. Boehlert was able to secure more than $50 million in special projects for the vast 24th Congressional District’s 11-county region, in addition to the hundreds of millions directed throughout the mid-state region under formula grants, channeled through the NYSDOT.