The debate over the Tappan Zee Bridge is a debate over the way Hudson Valley residents will live for the next 100 or more years. Residents, during the ten year long Tappan Zee planning process, created a vision for the Hudson Valley where people had choices in how to get to work, and move around their communities. One where transit offered a reasonable alternative to driving, and therefore streets were less congested and air clean to breathe. But now that vision is under threat. The Governor wants to cut corners and build a bridge without transit. A bridge without transit will be obsolete from day one, wasting over five billion dollars, and sentencing Hudson Valley residents to decades of traffic congestion, air pollution and no alternatives.
Tell the Governor and our representatives in Washington to help us find funding to put transit back into this project from day one. Sign the petition, or if you have a minute, write a letter and let them hear from you.
In this short film local officials and experts explain in their own words why transit is essential and why it needs to be part of the project from the start.
Better transit is essential to relieve congestion, assure mobility and improve quality of life in the Tappan Zee/I-287 corridor. A lengthy state study and public involvement process established that the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge must include a new bus rapid transit system connecting communities and businesses in Rockland and Westchester Counties.A 30-mile bus rapid transit corridor connecting Suffern to Port Chester is crucial to ensuring that the new bridge, I-287, and the economy of the Hudson Valley don’t become gridlocked.
Building a bridge with bus rapid transit will create more jobs now through construction, and in the future. It will provide a backbone for economic development in the region. Bus rapid transit is the most cost-effective and efficient way to connect the region’s workers to jobs.
We can’t afford to spend five billion dollars to build an obsolete bridge. The area’s residents came to the consensus through a series of public meetings that a new Tappan Zee needs BRT. Building a bridge without public transportation disregards the public’s wishes, and merely kicks today’s problems down the road.
Tell Governor Cuomo to put BRT back on the bridge today.