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December 11, 2015 

District wins $600,000 state grant to improve Hillside Avenue facility and further shared transportation services

picture of the bus garage

Funding to support planning to expand & modernize transportation  facility

The district has been awarded $600,000 in state funding to help expand shared transportation services through the latest round of state economic development grants.

The Department of State Local Government Efficiency grant was announced by Governor Cuomo on Thursday, December 10 as part of Regional Economic Development Council funding.

The award will provide architectural and engineering services necessary to upgrade and modernize the district's transportation facility at 1301 Hillside Avenue to serve as a hub for joint efforts with area districts. The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Scotia-Glenville districts supported the grant application.

The three districts began sharing select out-of-district bus routes in the 2014-15 school year, and saved a total $272,000 and 50,000 miles. The partnership, which also includes the nonprofit Center for Disability Services, expanded to include the Mohonasen Central School District this year.

The architectural and engineering planning that results from the grant will help inform future capital improvements at the site, which are expected to include better traffic flow and to expand maintenance, storage and training areas.

In addition to its joint runs, the transportation partners are exploring areas of increased efficiency such as joint training and certification, shared bus inspections, sharing spare buses, and cooperative purchasing and storage of items like fuel, tires and parts. Upgrading the facility at 1301 Hillside Avenue is a key component of realizing efficiencies in these areas.

"We are thrilled that we have received this funding to enhance and improve this facility and this cooperative effort," Dr. Tangorra said. "This will strengthen our partnership with the area districts and further our efforts to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible."

The grant proposal was developed by Director of Business and Finance Carrie Nyc-Chevrier, working in partnership with the Grants and Development Service of Capital Region BOCES.

In addition to the transportation grant, Friends of Niskayuna Rowing were also awarded funding in this latest round of state economic development grants. A total of $150,000 will be provided to improve public access at Aqueduct Park, including the installation of public restrooms, stabilization of walkways, and increasing dock capacity.