Senator Stewart-Cousins Calls for Mass Transit on Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement

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Cousins_Sen.Andrea Stewart- TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGETARRYTOWN, NY — Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF/ I – 35th District) is calling on Federal and State officials to include mass transit  in plans to rebuild the Tappan Zee Bridge. This comes in the wake of President Obama’s selection of the 3-mile Hudson River crossing as one of fourteen nationwide infrastructure projects to receive expedited federal review and approval. Her statement is below.

“As we wrestle with the costs of this project, we must consider our future transportation needs,” said Senator Stewart-Cousins. “To that end, it is critical that the new bridge include mass transit options such as bus rapid transit, so that it can sustain increased usage for years to come.  This is what’s best for our environment, our economy and our transportation system as a whole.”

The Senator continued, “While I am optimistic now that the Federal government has put the Tappan Zee Bridge project on the fast track for approval, it is important that we take this opportunity to build a bridge for the future.”

On October 12, following the President’s announcement, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) halted the environmental review process on plans that called for bridge replacement, highway improvements and new mass transit options for the Tappan Zee Bridge. On that same day, the FHWA submitted a notice of intent to begin a new environmental review process for a replacement bridge that does not include mass transit options.

Approximately 138,000 vehicles travel across the Tappan Zee Bridge every day, which is far more than the bridge was designed to handle when it was built in 1955. This number is expected to increase significantly in the coming years, and without mass transit, analysts say traffic congestion will continue to worsen.

 

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  1. you are missing the point..this is a rotton economy
    without the president’s pushing this project there
    would be no bridge with or without a mass transit aspect…the mere fact that the bridge will be rebuilt
    is a plus for the region and it has nothing to do
    with politics..but stewart cousins is engaging in the
    pig theory…give her a finger and she wants the whole
    hand…just take what is offered and be satisfied
    that ohio didn’t get the money instead,,,its a swing
    state Obama can’t lose new york

  2. Just borrow another ten billion from China.Where is the federal and state highway trust funds? The only good Democrat is a defeated Democrat.

  3. Once again Andrea Stewart Cousins demonstrates how she was trained in the Mike Spano method of pandering and leeching onto an issue by proposing a “new” idea that has actually been discussed for YEARS. Mass transit component has been discussed many times.
    Cousins, there is nothing new here. You are making it up as you go along simply because Mike Spano is in the limelight and you feel lonely.
    To feel better let me suggest that the new Ridge Hill LL Been store has opening specials on “wicked good” scarves, and while you are there you can have a photo op in front of the new Lord & Taylor.

  4. WHO IS GOING TO BE USING THIS “MASS TRANSIT”? AND MORE IMPORTANTLY WILL THE MOTORIST BE SUBSIDIZING IT?
    THAT’S ALL I WANT TO KNOW?
    WILL IT BE ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE MTA, PORT AUTHORITY FRIENDS AND FAMILY CLUBS?
    HOW MUCH WILL IT BE PER RIDE? WILL THEY HAVE 4 TICKET COLLECTORS FOR AN EIGHT CAR TRAIN LIKE METRO NORTH. EVERY DAY THIS IS LOOKING MORE AND MORE LIKE THE OLD SOVIET UNION… WITH THE SECRET POLICE AND THE MESS WORKERS DOING NOTHING BUT GETTING A PAYCHECK.
    FINALLY WHEN THEY BUILD IT AND THEY WILL, WILL IT JUST BE SPANNING THE RIVER OR WILL THEY ZIG ZAG IT ANOTHER 2 MILES LIKE THE TAPAN ZEE TO COST THE TAXPAYER A FORTUNE???????

  5. in the worst recession since the great depression
    her president is fast tracking a replacement of
    the bridge as a priority project since the bridge
    is about to fall down after over 50 years…and still
    ITS JUST NOT ENOUGH…

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