Joseph E. Robach's posts related to Transportation

Senator Robach Hosts APWA Annual Award Dinner

On Thursday, January 26th, I had the privilege to host the 27th Annual Awards Banquet for the American Public Works Association. Congratulations to all of this year's award winners and honorees.

Senate Passes School Bus Safety Bills

Bills intended to make riding bus safer for students, enhance communication, and make “school bus” signs more economical


The New York State Senate yesterday passed a series school bus bills that will ensure child safety and enhanced communication.


A bill was passed, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, that increases the penalties for passing a stopped school bus (S.3099A). The legislation would impose a sixty day suspension of a driver’s license if convicted of passing a stopped school bus two or more times.

This legislation would make the penalties for passing a stopped school bus multiple times the same as penalties for drivers convicted of speeding in a construction zone two or more times.



$26 Million Included in Executive Budget for First Phases of Project




Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled new plans to modernize and rebuild the I-390 Interchange in Rochester. The project will create a gateway to the University of Rochester, enabling campus expansion and job growth. The Governor included $26 million in his 2012-2013 Executive Budget to support the first two phases of the project.


The project will improve accessibility to the University of Rochester, Monroe Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology campuses, leading to thousands of new jobs in the local economy generated by university growth. Approximately 630 construction jobs will also be created.



Delta Expands Service Out of Rochester

Yesterday, I had the privilege to speak at a press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony where Delta Airlines announced its new service from Rochester to New York City's LaGuardia Airport. The first flight took off at 2:03 p.m. yesterday, immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Governor Announces Accelerated Road and Bridge Projects

$32,416,940 Investment to Repair 227 Miles of Roads and 10 Bridges


New York State Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium

Recently, I had the privilege to attend the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium at Eastman Business Park. This conference previewed commercial, cost-effective energy storage technology and the impact on the energy and transportation industries. For more information, visit

RGRTA Cuts Ribbon on New Admin Building

This morning, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, a ceremony to mark the opening of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority's Administration Building. It is located on East Main Street. The building is named after John Doyle Jr.

Senator Robach, Business Leaders Call on Thruway Authority Not to Increase Tolls

- New York State Thruway Authority Mulling 45 Percent Toll Hike For Commercial Trucks –


Rochester, NY – This morning, New York State Senator Joe Robach (R-I-C, Monroe County), and John Batiste, President and CEO of Klein Steel Service, Inc. in Rochester, joined other local small business owners and business organizations to highlight the negative effects the proposed toll hikes would have for commercial trucks on the New York State Thruway.


The New York State Thruway Authority has proposed a 45 percent toll increase for commercial trucks on the Thruway. According to the Thruway Authority, this increase, if enacted, would be implemented by October.


Stop The Toll Hikes On Commercial Trucks

I, like much of the public, was shocked when the Thruway Authority proposed a 45% increase in commercial tolls.  This toll hike will have detrimental ramifications on all New Yorkers. 

This increase, which is set to take effect in October, will hit the trucking industry at the heart of their business. According to the NYS Motor Truck Association, nearly 90 percent of New York communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods and over 87 percent of all manufactured goods are transported by trucks. New York’s trucks are responsible for transporting over 1.4 million tons of manufactured material here each day, while providing one in 25 jobs in the state.  Without trucks, no person, home or business could survive. 

Statement on Thruway Authority Decision to Pull Toll Hike

Earlier today, the New York State Thruway Authority pulled a plan which would have increased tolls on the Thruway 45% for commercial trucks. I would like to thank everyone who signed my on-petition to call on the NYS Thruway Authority NOT to increase tolls. Your voices have been heard by the Authority and our Governor. Also, I would like to thank the folks at Klein Steel, Inc. for their support and hosting a press conference in August that discussed the negative impact a toll hike would have on jobs, the working class, and small businesses in our community. Finally, thanks to Steve Wadhams of Wadhams Enterprises. This time the loud voice of people served democracy well.