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Bridge Name Stands, and New Bus Lanes Enforced

The day after the elections tells Hudson Valley residents the new bridge’s name will not be changed any time soon. If “New York’s immigrants are at the heart of our state’s rich civic and social diversity,” as the state’s website says, then why did Governor Cuomo erase their important and significant representation?

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Last Sunday I was in Nyack and watched one new Hudson Link bus nearly clip my car as its driver made a left turn from South Broadway. I moved past the curb at a red light on the single-lane side street because a car parked on the other side of the street added to the driver’s difficulty. What will happen when the streets are crowded with people and cars in a hurry?

Here’s what you need to know per the press release if you commute by car:

“State Police will be responsible for enforcing the proper use of the bus lane. The first violation will carry a fine of $150, and the penalty would escalate for any repeat violations within an 18-month period.”

Let’s hope the new bus line is effective for Westchester and Rockland commuters. Westchesterites say it offers no opportunities for transit-oriented development; Rocklanders aren’t happy about the new bus stop locations and routes.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Lower Hudson Transit Link starts this Month

Above is the westbound lane (from left to right): median shoulder, next two lanes for passenger cars only, next two lanes are travel lanes (not limited to passenger vehicles), then a bus lane/emergency access lane, then a shoulder and finally the path and overlooks. Renderings are from the NYS Department of Transportation.

Red/green ramp meter signals will be installed from Exit 14A in Rockland County to Exit 4 in Westchester County and will regulate vehicular flow entering the highway to manage roadway congestion. Three will be intalled in Westchester by the end of October 2018; the others will be installed in 2019 and 2020.

A dedicated lane on each span of the new bridge can save up to five minutes on typical weekday commutes and additional time travel when there are major traffic incidents. The state police also enforce proper lane use. Look for the lane on the eastbound span at the end of this month and on the westbound span when the new path is finished in 2019.

New York State Police will enforce traffic rules at the ramp meters; drivers who fail to stop at a red ramp meter light can be fined the equivalent of a regular traffic signal violation.

For information, visit http://www.dot.ny.gov/LHTL.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

New Ride on Eastbound Span; SUP is Underway

Nice, roomy ride back to Westchester this afternoon that gave me a much closer look at what little remains of the Tappan Zee Bridge. I was in the right lane as cars whizzed by me.

It looks close for 160 feet apart; however, it’s an optical illusion from the driver’s seat. This is a better view of the old bridge than from the westbound span.

En route to Rockland, I wanted to see where the shared use path left the bridge. It was difficult to tell so I found where the path separated from the Thruway.

The newest span is open, it’s a smooth ride that offers a better view of what’s doing on the east side of the old bridge. Don’t forget to check the great view of the Hudson Valley heading westbound.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Two Days Later: is the TZB Section Any Safer?

Remaining Tappan Zee Bridge still a safety concern/EarthCam® construction camera

While there remains a possibility of the old bridge east anchor span failing, in the event it does, it will fall within a safety zone that does not affect vessel traffic or the structural integrity of the new eastbound bridge.

So a few questions: which way would that section fall? Would it fall sideways to the south? Does last week’s discovery mean crews will expedite their dismantling process? How would the falling piece(s) affect the Westchester and Rockland shorelines?

These are some of the questions I asked Sunday night and was told yesterday there’s no further information at this time.

The eastbound span will open tonight, the second night of Rosh Hashanah and the solemn day of September 11. Perhaps more people will be on the road tonight returning home from dinners and services. Why not wait until Friday: it’s good for traffic volume, as project director Jamey Barbas, P.E., said during Sunday’s conference call.

Maybe tonight because the New York State gubernatorial primary is Thursday.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Eastbound Span opens this Saturday: Lower Hudson Transit Link Routes begin October 29

GPI crew mugs for the Thruway Authority’s camera during tour of new eastbound span

Four lanes of eastbound-bound traffic will move onto the new eastbound span Friday overnight. Crews have been dismantling the Tappan Zee Bridge since it was retired last October and building the second span while the westbound span accommodated two-way traffic.

Before the end of October, the Lower Hudson Transit Link will begin commuter bus service between Rockland and Westchester counties.

Its four new bus lines between Suffern and White Plains, some with overlapping stops, include Suffern to the Palisades Center, Monsey to White Plains, and two routes from the West Nyack mall: one to the Tarrytown train station and the other to White Plains with a stop at the train station.

Transit signal priority that keep lights green when buses approach an intersection is one of several Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) improvements provided by LHTL. The system replaces the current Tappan ZEExpress lines Suffern to White Plains and Spring Valley to Tarrytown (via Nyack).

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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