Federal Grant Approved to Get Buses Between Rockland and Westchester

The New York State Department of Transportation has been awarded a grant to provide the Lower Hudson Valley with new forms of transportation. The offices of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released a joint press release on Monday, announcing the $10 million federal grant that will provide funding to build a “bus rapid transit” system for the new Tappan Zee Bridge to allow commuters to travel on the main line of the new Hudson Links from Suffern to White Plains and along outlying roads in Rockland and Westchester, which will eventually be expanded to more routes. The project will also build new weather-protected smart bus stations, signals for traffic updates, and provide new buses. Lower stated, “By helping to implement bus rapid transit on the bridge this federal investment will improve access to reliable, safe, and affordable East-West transportation for Westchester and Rockland residents.” Gillibrand, Cuomo, and Rockland Leglislator Harriet Cornell, who was a part of the Governor’s New NY Bridge Mass Transit Task Force, agree with Lowey that these steps to make mass transit more available to residents will help reduce traffic, and make traveling between counties more affordable. The plan will cost $91 million to implement the bus system, and the state now has $60 million available.

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