For immediate release: September 26, 2008
Tri-State Transportation Campaign Statement in Response to NYSDOT Tappan Zee Bridge Announcement
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is pleased that the NYS DOT has recommended replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge and the addition of transit service across the I-287 corridor. The particular transit option the agency chose, with a combination of commuter rail to Manhattan and bus rapid transit across the corridor, is a smart one that will effectively plan for the future needs of the region. In fact, the numbers show that this option will do the most to get people out of their cars.
Tri-State Transportation Campaign strongly supports the selection of bus rapid transit for the cross corridor trip. Bus rapid transit is an effective, attractive car alternative and is ideally-suited to the diverse landscape of the corridor. It is also affordable and a good bang for the buck, something the state has to consider in this economic climate.
Going forward, however, the NYS DOT Tappan Zee study team needs a public image makeover. Missed deadlines, jargon filled presentations, and sporadic communication with the public have damaged the agency’s credibility. The agency will have to make a clear, easy-to-understand case to the public about why its decision is the best one for the future of the Hudson Valley, which we believe it is.
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The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit policy watchdog organization dedicated to forging a more balanced, environmentally sustainable, safe and socially equitable transportation system in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.