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

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