Mass Transit Committee Recommends “Streamlined” Bus Rapid Transit. Now Must Bell Cat. 5 Years Away. WP RAIL STATION 15 YEARS AWAY

WPCNR IN TRANSIT. From the Mass Transit Task Force. (Edited)March 1, 2014:
The Governor’s  Mass Transit Task Force  is recommending a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to be in place when the new bridge is open in 2018. If all the recommendations are implemented, the new BRT system will increase transit ridership by 10,150 people per day in the region, cutting commuter travel times by 20 to 25 percent.

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Riders will enjoy a new, clearly branded BRT system with high-quality transit stations that will include passenger amenities such as seating, real-time bus arrival information, Wi-Fi at stations and on board, and protection from the elements. The system will be used to travel between or within both counties on the same vehicles with one fare card, one fare payment system and one identity. This achieves a key objective of the MTTF – to provide travelers with an easy-to-understand, simple-to-use and convenient transit choice to get more drivers out of their cars and to cut congestion.

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The MTTF, established at the request of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in December 2012, was tasked with making recommendations that are fiscally viable and meet the transit needs of the region, targeting major residential, commercial and employment corridors.

Short-term Recommendations (Next 5 Years):

  • New BRT Stations and Vehicles
  • High-Tech Transit Signal Priority Systems
  • Simple, Legible Routing
  • Dedicated Transit Lanes
  • I-287 Congestion Control: Ramp Metering
  • Traffic Signal Improvements
  • Route 59 “Smart Corridor”
  • White Plains Access and Station Area Study
  • Corridor Preservation Study
  • Interchange 10 Reconstruction / South Nyack Study
  • New I-287/87 Interchange 14X Study
  • Transportation Demand Management Programs
  • Transit-Oriented Development
  • West-of-Hudson Rail Improvements

Mid-term Recommendations (Up to 15 years after NNYB opens)

  • White Plains Station Redevelopment
  • Interchange 11 Reconstruction
  • West-of-Hudson Rail Improvements
  • In-Line BRT Station at the Palisades Center
  • New BRT Stations Along the Proposed Routes
  • Expanded Park and Ride Facilities in Rockland County

Long-term Recommendations (15 Years or more after NNYB opens)

  • Passenger Service on the West Shore Line
  • East-West Rail Options (Light Rail or Commuter Rail)

The MTTF met 12 times between late 2012 and early 2014 to develop its transit recommendations. In addition, 18 working sessions were held with local stakeholders to further refine the proposal.

The full Mass Transit Task Force report can be found here: http://www.newnybridge.com/documents/index.html

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