And The Next Step Is . . .

This. Happens. Monday.

Courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority and the New York State Department of Transportation

Courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority and the New York State Department of Transportation

Meantime — now that everyone may or may not be breathing sighs of relief re transit recommendations — the next steps are finding money and taking action. Preferably simultaneously.

“Who will take the initiative to make sure the recommendations will move forward?” State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (88th District) asked at the final transit meeting. State DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald replied, “Our charge was to make recommendations. It’s up to the governor and the Thruway Authority to see what are the next steps.”

Will munis be open to new stations? Or, if comes down to the wire, will they be left with no choice save to agree? And since the system is contingent upon financing, if money doesn’t come soon (however soon is defined), then will the system be partially completed when the bridge opens?

Courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority and the New York State Department of Transportation

Courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority and the New York State Department of Transportation

Back in August, the Tarrytown connector idea was dismissed; however, the group said let’s spend that money on system wide improvements. I liked the bus transfer station idea, less invasive (and maybe less expensive) than a ramp off the bridge. And I wish commuters had had their say at the table during the year.

The governor promised that tolls wouldn’t skyrocket. Under the report’s Funding and Financing Options, Section 8.3: State and Local Funding/Financing Sources tells us what we already know. Let’s hear it for:

• Fare Revenues
• Local Option Taxes
• Special Assessments
• Motor Vehicle Fees
• Parking Fees
• Fuel Taxes
• Transaction Taxes
• Tolls
• Development Contributions
• Right of Way and Property Contributions

Ah, tolls. The invisible elephant appeared when Westchester League of Conservation Voters Board Member John Nonna commented, “The level of where you set the toll will determine the level of mass transit that will be considered.”

Now there are two clocks ticking; however, unlike Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC), the BRT system has no built-in financial penalties if it’s not completed by 2018. Or does it?

The mystery continues. I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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