NIAGARA FALLS — U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., called Thursday for a regional transportation agency to help speed up the reconfiguration of the Robert Moses Parkway south section.

Schumer urged leaders at the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council to prioritize federal highway funds for the final design of the new parkway.

State officials last week unveiled initial designs for the parkway’s southern section near the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park.

The project, which aims to connect the city to its waterfront, still lacks roughly $15 million in funding, officials said.

Schumer said the new design plan is a way of “finally dealing with the poor urban planning choices of the city’s past.”