MTTF Update – Most Recent Meeting

It’s 2018, the new bridge is open, and you’re on the way to work via a monorail. Can you picture this?

Neither could the group charged with easing local and regional travel congestion; it thumbs-downed the idea at its August meeting, and also declined a Tarrytown connector/ramp (estimated at $80 to $90 million) to Tarrytown Train Station.

Tweaking earlier Westchester and Rockland routes suggested by his colleague, ARUP planner Anthony Durante dissected them into categories (needs) and concepts “packaged into groups that made sense” for short, medium and long-term plans.

East-west travel issues remain unresolved, and routes outside the Suffern-to-Port Chester corridor — a ferry service, and a connection to Stewart International Airport, etc. — will have to wait.

To BRT or not to BRT?

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The area isn’t prepared for it, although it makes limited stops and has transit priority. “Widening the road for BRT was never suggested,” Tri-State Transportation Campaign Executive Director Veronica Vanterpool commented.

Westchester Planning Commissioner Ed Buroughs asked if a BRT system can be structurally converted to light rail, especially since proposals included an earlier-omitted eastern stretch of I-287 in Westchester.

New routes, like the one proposed for Route 59 in Rockland County, were questioned; how would buses there would keep to a schedule? State Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (97th District) said it “makes no sense.”

The group is close to deciding upon plans for rail, or recommending a system that doesn’t preclude rail in the future, “focusing our energies on bus rapid transit,” state Department of Transportation commissioner Joan McDonald said.

Robert Martin Company president Robert Weinberg said the group dismissed monorail too quickly, and questioned space for BRT. “You can’t take a lane from cars; (we’ve) run out of ideas on Westchester transit,” he said during the public input session.

Speak your mind at the next MTTF meeting on September 20, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, at Dominican College in Orangeburg.

Note about the bridge: The project is currently undergoing a creditworthiness analysis internally at the US Department of Transportation, and if the project is deemed creditworthy, the department will invite an application for the project. For updates, please refer to the TIFIA website.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

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