Officials Hold Meeting to Discuss Tappan-Zee Express Future

The 31-member New NY Bridge Mass Transit Task Force consisting of business leaders, Rockland, Westchester, and State Department of Transportation officials met Thursday at Dominican College in Orangeburg to discuss the plan outlined from February of 2014 to replace the Tappan ZEExpress mass transit service to be ready once the bridge is complete. The details of cost and timeline for the new service called Hudson Links were discussed including creating Wi-Fi equipped double-decker buses and modern bus stations between Suffern to White Plains. Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald estimated that phase one of the transformation would cost $91 million. Altering traffic lights along Route 59 in Rockland and Route 119 in Westchester to keep bus traffic moving in the dedicated bus-only lanes, ramp metering, and station upgrades would be complete in this phase. The creation of up to seven new routes and bus stations could push the cost up to $160 million. McDonald stated that the bottom line for the new service is to provide improved ridership and reliability for the community and attaining funding for the investment will need to be prioritized.

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