One of the most vital transportation links in the New York metropolitan region, the Tappan Zee Bridge is due for a major upgrade to satisfy growing travel demands. New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), New York State Thruway Authority and MTA Metro-North Railroad are working together to plan a new bridge that includes exciting possibilities for transit that will better meet the needs of Rockland and Westchester County communities along the I-287/I-87 corridor.
PPS was hired by NYSDOT, along with the Regional Plan Association and Reconnecting America, to conduct workshops with communities along the corridor to leverage the state’s transit investment and explore opportunities for transit oriented development. The goal is to empower municipalities at the local level to take advantage of existing and planned transit in the corridor. This technical assistance will serve as a useful baseline tool for facilitating local long-range planning, as well as in the future as transit investments take shape both locally and at the state level.
The program began in 2009 and will continue through the spring of 2010. PPS and the project team are currently conducting county-wide workshops in both Rockland and Westchester Counties and town-specific workshops in eight communities. These capacity building and visioning sessions will cover such topics as community appropriate TOD; quality community design; multi-modal transportation choices; sustainability; property value preservation; and project financing.
Transit is a component, but by no means the extent, of your experience at a station that is a place. Memorable and enjoyable stations and stops that create value for neighborhoods are perfectly attainable. In fact, a transit station or stop can serve much more than a transportation function; it can be a setting for community interaction, a place that fosters a diversity of activities.