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Mass Transit Plans Will Receive $20M from NYS

It’s heeeere!

Two months after transit task force released its final recommendations, the governor’s announcement ensured they’ll come to fruition. So no monorail.

An extensive BRT system replacing the current service will be in place when the new bridge opens in 2018.

An extensive BRT system replacing the current service will be in place when the new bridge opens in 2018.

The $20 million designated in the 2014-2015 State Budget will support bus rapid transit (BRT) recommendations and improvements between Westchester and Rockland counties. Still undecided is which agency will oversee the new system or its final cost.

Its application for a $26.7 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) matching grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation will support BRT and other transit recommendations.

Seven proposed routes (three between the counties, three within Westchester, and one connecting Westchester to the Bronx) will connect with White Plains, Westchester Medical Center, the Palisades Center, downtown Nyack, the Platinum Mile, Empire City Casino, the Shops at Nanuet, downtown Suffern, and Westchester County Airport.

Also incorporated is Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell’s suggestion to revisit the Tarrytown-to-White Plains segment of I-287 to see what improvements can be made.

Mid-term plans include redeveloping White Plains Train Station and the immediate area, reconstructing Exit 11, improving West-of-Hudson rail, and an in-line BRT at the Palisades Center. East-west trains are planned for the long-term, as is passenger service on the West Shore line. Specifics for each detailed here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Another Season: Same River, New Rules

Extensive new measures as the season begins/ Courtesy of O’Rourke/New NY Bridge

Extensive new measures as the season begins/ Courtesy of O’Rourke/New NY Bridge

The Hudson Valley Marine Trades Association boat show drew crowds to Westerly Marina in Ossining this weekend. First stop: awareness. The New NY Bridge Outreach Team was there, explaining the extensive mandatory safety precautions that will be in place as the season begins.

Approval for the expanded Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) of 500 yards north and south of the bridge  “should be a matter of days,” Charles Rowe, Sector New York Public Affairs Office, said via email today. And when it is, look for it in a subsequent Local Notice to Mariners.

Next week (May 1), anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, must complete an eight-hour boating safety course before operating a mechanically-propelled vessel in the state’s navigable waters. Those born before May 1, 1996, are exempt.

The bridge and equipment bathed in gold minutes after sunrise/EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown

The bridge and equipment bathed in gold minutes after sunrise/EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown

From the 2012 Recreational Boating Statistics, Executive Summary:

• In 2012, the Coast Guard counted 4515 accidents that involved 651 deaths, 3000 injuries and approximately $38 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.

• Operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, machinery failure, and excessive speed rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents.

• The most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents were open motorboats (47%), personal watercraft (19%), and cabin motorboats (15%).

HVMTA’s proposal last summer is becoming reality. Boaters who are stopped for not having the right equipment, or for a safety inspection, will be provided the missing equipment until they reach the shore. “Instead of a fine or ticket, the boater would get what’s needed,” Capobianchi said. “This also builds rapport with the local marine authorities.”

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation publishes numerous boating resources, including The New York State Boater’s Guide (pdf), detailing registration, operation, and safety information. There’s no better or safer time than now to learn those rules.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Weekend Boat Show; New Boater Safety Law

Note the Coast Guard’s expanded RNA now in effect, and the new boater safety law as of May 1. Gorgeous day to be outdoors at the HVMTA boat show this weekend. See you there tomorrow!

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‘Tis the season . . . for barges. Remember last year, October’s boater safety roundtable? And project officials’ comment that there will be more machinery than water between the two counties? It’s urgently important to boat safely and responsibly, and to know what to do in case of an emergency.

The Hudson Valley Marine Trades Association boat show is this weekend at the Westerly Marina. I’ll be there Sunday walking around, so please come say hello.

safe boating

Reminder: next week (May 1), anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, must complete an eight-hour boating safety course before operating a mechanically-propelled vessel in the state’s navigable waters. Those born before May 1, 1996, are exempt.

Three sources confirmed that I can operate a boat (I don’t have one; just saying) on the Hudson River without a boating license — because there is no such certificate or license. However, if I…

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Hudson River Boat Clubs Welcome New Members

One and one-and one half years after Superstorm Sandy battered the lower Hudson River, boat clubs here have recovered and opened their doors for the 2014 boating season.

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The Hudson River Boat & Yacht Club Association, Inc. (HRBYCA), representing 33 clubs from New Jersey to Poughkeepsie, NY, is extending a welcome call for new members. Anyone interested in being on the water, or looking for great social and family activities, has affordable boating options with HRBYCA member clubs.

“Hudson River access can be more affordable than many folks understand,” said HRBYCA President Scott Croft. “That’s often because the members at Hudson River clubs do much of their maintenance and upkeep with volunteer labor, but there are other options for those who just want to try a club out.”

Croft said many clubs offer associate-type memberships for those without a boat that gives people a way to be on the water with a minimal time commitment, and enjoy a great social outlet for their families. It can also help test the waters on future boat ownership.

“You don’t have to own a blue blazer,” he joked. “Membership is generally low-key and clubs are looking to get beyond that stereotype. We want to help anyone get on the water and enjoy boating. Many enjoy the kinship a club offers, with members helping other members out.”

Croft suggested those interested to visit to a boat or yacht club on any Saturday morning from now through May, when most clubs have work parties. “Ask any club member for details on membership and they will be able to point you to the right person who can help” said Croft. A list of HRBYCA member clubs is here.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Weekend Boat Show; New Boater Safety Law

‘Tis the season . . . for barges. Remember last year, October’s boater safety roundtable? And project officials’ comment that there will be more machinery than water between the two counties? It’s urgently important to boat safely and responsibly, and to know what to do in case of an emergency.

The Hudson Valley Marine Trades Association boat show is this weekend at the Westerly Marina. I’ll be there Sunday walking around, so please come say hello.

safe boating

Reminder: next week (May 1), anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, must complete an eight-hour boating safety course before operating a mechanically-propelled vessel in the state’s navigable waters. Those born before May 1, 1996, are exempt.

Three sources confirmed that I can operate a boat (I don’t have one; just saying) on the Hudson River without a boating license — because there is no such certificate or license. However, if I DID own a boat, I would have to register it with NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, and any boating accident/incident I cause would be affixed to my NYS driver’s license.

Certificates can be obtained, and the safety course completed, with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation, U.S. Power Squadrons, or the U.S. Coast Guard. Safe boating. Safe boating — especially now that the project is full speed ahead.

new RNA

In response, the Coast Guard expanded the Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) to 500 yards north and 500 yards south of the span. See details in the updated Local Notice to Mariners. Since October, temporary navigational lights marked the 600 foot-wide main channel, and while temporary and permanent piles are illuminated at night, activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL.

The Coast Guard boating safety information — excerpted and in its entirety — is listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website. A LNM primer is here.

And as always, I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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