Tappan Zee/I-287 Corridor

The New York State Department of Transportation is studying ways to fix or replace the Tappan Zee Bridge, and adding transit to the I-287 corridor. How this occurs will dictate, to a large extent, how Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties will grow, develop, and deal with congestion.

In 2008, the study team chose to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge, construct a bus rapid transit system through the I-287 corridor in Rockland and Westchester Counties, and build a new commuter rail line between Rockland County and Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. This transit option had been dropped from consideration by the study team, but was added back thanks to advocacy from Tri-State, the Regional Plan Association, and other local stakeholders. Tri-State believes that a bus rapid transit system is the best cross-corridor transit proposal that has been studied so far, because it does the best job of connecting suburban locations.

Finally, TSTC is working to ensure that the Tappan Zee study team commits to a healthy public process by incorporating public feedback and sharing information with stakeholders on a regular and timely basis. The Campaign's advocacy also led to the creation of a transit-oriented training program for communities along the I-287 corridor.

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