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New State Panel to Look at Mass Transit on the Tappan Zee
Posted By Jon Campbell On December 7, 2012 @ 3:35 pm In Other | Comments Disabled
A newly tapped state panel will look at ways to implement mass transit on a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge.
The state Thruway Authority today unveiled a 28-member task force that will have one year to come up with recommendations on how to implement and fun public transit options on the lower Hudson Valley span. The authority on Dec. 17 will select a team of contractors to begin work  on the multi-billion-dollar bridge connecting Westchester and Rockland counties.
“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,” Howard Milstein, the Thruway chairman, said in a statement. “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.”
The panel reads like a who’s-who of elected officials in the lower Hudson Valley, including Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef, White Plains Mayor Tom Roach as well as other local officials and state lawmakers. Also included are some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top transportation officials, including Thruway Authority Executive Director Tom Madison and Transportation Commission Joan McDonald.
Mass transit has been a sticking point for some on the bridge. Officials such as Astorino have questioned the state’s decision to move ahead without incorporating a light rail or other mass transit as the bridge is initially built. Cuomo has countered that each of the potential bridge designs would allow for mass transit to be incorporated at a later date, and have pointed to cost concerns about adding it right away.
“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,” Vanderhoef said in a statement.
The full list of task force members is after the jump.more->
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