Mass Transit Task Force

Addressing the transit needs of the Lower Hudson Valley today and those of future generations to come.

As New York State moved forward with the design and construction of the New NY Bridge, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called for a Mass Transit Task Force (MTTF) to develop transit recommendations for the I-287 corridor in Rockland and Westchester counties.

The MTTF short-term recommendation for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is now being implemented by the state Department of Transportation and scheduled to be in operation in 2018 when the new bridge fully opens to traffic.

The 31-member MTTF included local and regional stakeholders, elected officials, and transportation experts and transit advocates. The task force was charged with creating a public, transparent and collaborative process to develop a package of short-, mid- and long-term transit recommendations.

After more than a year of meetings, studies and analysis, the MTTF concluded its work in February 2014, and presented its final recommendations to the public, Governor Cuomo, the New York State Thruway Authority and the NYS Department of Transportation. The group gathered in June 2015 for an update on the implementation of the state-of-the-art bus service and the $91 million in funding committed to the Lower Hudson Transit Link (LHTL) project to date.

The enhanced bus service program will provide frequent, direct service and feature enhancements designed to get more drivers out of their cars including, faster travel times, on board wi-fi, real-time bus arrival information and simplified payment systems.

Information and updates on the LHTL project can be found at https://www.dot.ny.gov/lhtl.