For immediate release: December 7, 2012
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THRUWAY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES MASS TRANSIT TASK FORCE FOR NEW BRIDGE TO REPLACE THE TAPPAN ZEE
New York State Thruway Authority Board Chairman Howard P. Milstein today announced the 31 members of the Mass Transit Task Force to look at transit options for the new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee.
The Mass Transit Task Force will work to identify short, medium and long term transit solutions for the bridge and the I-287 corridor in Westchester and Rockland Counties; develop funding strategies to implement and sustain transit operations; and create a corridor management plan to ensure a viable transit program.
The members of the Mass Transit Task Force are:
“Governor Cuomo is committed to making sure the new bridge we build serves the needs of the Westchester and Rockland Counties and the lower Hudson Valley,” said Thruway Authority Chairman Howard P. Milstein. “The first step is replacing the Tappan Zee, which has no transit capacity, with a new bridge that is ready to handle mass transit right away as a foundation. At the same time that we are building this new bridge, the mass transit task force will be working on finding the best transit options for local communities. Their recommendations will help us make informed decisions about what options on the bridge and in our communities make the most sense and how we can most effectively support our regional economy and address long-term transportation needs.”
“The new bridge that is being built to replace the Tappan Zee is central to the long-term economic well-being of the entire region and mass transit will be a vital component for the bridge and the entire I-287 corridor. I am pleased to participate in the process to decide the best mass transit options for our communities and pleased also that this process is not an afterthought in the building of the new bridge. We’re not waiting five years to discuss mass transit plans, we’re moving forward now,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino.
“Many Putnam County residents use the Tappan Zee Bridge every day and mass transit must be part of the region’s long-term strategy. I am pleased to be part of the team working to find solutions for today’s commuters and future mass transit needs,” said Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen Odell.
“Rockland County has limited choices for commuters and new transit options are essential for the long-term vitality and livability of our communities. Any discussion of mass transit on the new bridge must consider the needs of county residents, and I am glad to participate on the panel and continue to ensure that our voices are heard,” said Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef.
The requirements for the new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee will ensure the new bridge can accommodate bus rapid transit (BRT), light rail or commuter rail.
The Mass Transit Task Force will have one year to complete its work and make recommendations.