The new state budget will include an additional $25 million for upstate transit.

That announcement came today from Syracuse-area Senator John DeFrancisco.

Officials with Centro Bus say although the budget process is not complete yet, it appears the funding from the state will allow them to preserve services in Utica that operate on weeknights.

Executive Director Frank Kobliski says in an effort to ensure the long-range sustainability of public transit services beyond the upcoming fiscal year, Centro will continue to review changes to the frequency of certain services and multi-ride fare discounts.

Centro, which operates bus service in Utica and Rome, is facing a $4.5 million budget shortfall.