Fed up with traffic congestion? Have ideas on improving suburban travel?
Come to a workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Westchester County Center to discuss these and other Westchester transportation issues and concerns.
The workshop will be conducted by staff of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, the region’s coordinating umbrella group for transportation issues, programs and funding.
There will be presentations at 4:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on transportation issues facing Westchester. There will be small group discussions about various modes of transportation, including mass transit, walking and bicycling.
The comments and suggestions made at this meeting will be used to update a formal blueprint, the Regional Transportation Plan, for transportation in the New York metropolitan region spanning the timeframe from 2015-2040. The plan is updated every four years as required by state and federal regulations.
The next update is expected to be completed by October of 2013.
In addition to the public meeting, comments can be provided through NYMTC’s interactive Web site: http://ideas.nymtc-rtp.org.Read more
County Executive Robert P. Astorino will host a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of two restoration projects designed to ease erosion caused by flooding on the banks of the Bronx River, on Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. near the Westchester County Center in White Plains.
“These restoration projects are part of our wide-ranging effort to control stormwater, improve water quality and address the damage caused by flooding in the county,” said Astorino.
Rep. Nita Lowey, who helped secure some of the funding, and White Plains Mayor Tom Roach are among those expected.
The projects are among eight completed and pending projects within the Bronx River Parkway Reservation and three dozen countywide.
The White Plains restoration projects on the east and west banks stabilized embankments and restored wetlands and parkland along the river. The work was financed with a total of $2.4 million in funds from the federal, state and county governments. The Department of Planning worked with other county departments, including Public Works and Transportation, and Parks, Recreation and Conservation, as well as state and federal agencies, to implement the design and construction.
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Detective Liliana Sanchez, Police Officer Nicholas Trikedes and Police Officer Mike Young of the New Rochelle Police Department, along with local school children, helped AAA New York to launch its 67th annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign at the New Rochelle police headquarters.
Detective Sanchez, Officer Trikedes and Officer Young will be mounting colorful “School’s Open” posters in New Rochelle to warn motorists to be extra careful as thousands of local youngsters return to school.
“The help that we get from our club-area police departments adds to the effectiveness of our ‘School’s Open’ campaign,” said Donna Galasso, assistant director of the club’s Traffic Safety unit. “We appreciate the efforts of Detective Sanchez, Officer Trikedes and Officer Young, which will result in increased safety for all students,” said Galasso.
Ms. Galasso reminds drivers, including bicyclists, to be especially cautious in school areas, keeping their speed at or below posted limits and being prepared to stop, on both sides of the street, for school buses with flashing red lights and stop arms, as required by New York State law.
The Club’s annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign is conducted with local government and police agencies. Thousands of posters, bumper stickers and other educational materials are distributed through the program.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Due to the ongoing North Avenue Construction Project, motor vehicle traffic will be prohibited from entering the Transit Center Garage and Train Station from North Avenue beginning Monday, September 10, 2012. It is anticipated that this access prohibition will last for 1 month.
The following detour routes will be in effect:
· Patrons traveling from the south should use Memorial Highway and then take Division Street to Station Plaza North;
· Patrons traveling from the north should use Lockwood Avenue or Lincoln Avenue to Memorial Highway then take Division Street to Station Plaza North.
Drawings showing the detour routes to the Transit Center Garage and Train Station will be available on the City website www.newrochelleny.com/northaveconstruction
Detour signs will be posted along the detour routes.Read more
MTA railroads will provide extra service on Friday, August 31, to help customers get a head start on the long holiday weekend. All MTA services will operate on reduced schedules on Labor Day. Details are below.
Long Island Rail Road & Metro-North Railroad
The LIRR and Metro-North will provide additional early-afternoon service from Manhattan on Friday, August 31, for customers planning an early getaway for the Labor Day Weekend. For more information, please see the LIRR press release and Metro-North press release. On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, Metro-North will operate on a Sunday schedule, and the LIRR will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule.
New York City Subways and Buses
MTA New York City Transit subways and buses and MTA Bus Company buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Labor Day, Monday, September 3. Because of the J'Ouvert and West Indian-American Day Parades in Brooklyn on Labor Day, 4 trains will make local stops in Brooklyn, certain subway entrances in the parade area may be affected and buses in the area will be rerouted.
Staten Island RailwayRead more
On Friday, August 31, Metro-North will have early afternoon "getaway" trains leaving Grand Central for people who want to get a jump on the last long weekend of the summer.
The railroad will operate 18 extra getaway trains between noon and 4 p.m. for people leaving work early on Tuesday, July 3. In conjunction with this early rush hour, several regularly scheduled late PM peak trains will not operate. The extra trains are as follows:
1:46 p.m. express to Poughkeepsie
2:40 p.m. express to Poughkeepsie
3:25 p.m. express to Poughkeepsie
4:05 p.m. express to Poughkeepsie
1:45 p.m. express to Southeast
3:14 p.m. super-express to White Plains and North White Plains only
3:37 p.m. express to Southeast
4:08 p.m. express to Southeast
New Haven Line
12:04 p.m. express to Westport, then all stops between Fairfield and New Haven.
1:04 p.m. express to Westport, then all stops between Fairfield and New Haven.
1:59 p.m. express to Stamford then all stops to South Norwalk.
2:04 p.m. express to Westport, then all stops between Fairfield and New Haven.
2:28 p.m. stopping at all stations between New Rochelle and Harrison.Read more
Changes on 8 routes including expanded service to Ridge Hill, Stew Leonard and Central Park Ave
Service changes for eight Bee-Line Bus System routes will become effective the day after Labor Day, Tuesday, Sept. 4.
The most significant change will be on Route 78, which will continue to provide service daily connecting Yonkers to Stew Leonard Drive and Ridge Hill. The route will be extended to operate along Tuckahoe Road to Central Park Avenue. This route extension will allow transfers between Route 78 and Route 20/21, which operates along Central Park Avenue between the Bronx and White Plains.
Also on that route, late- night service hours will be extended until 11:40 p.m., and Route 78 will no longer operate as a Limited-Stop Service, but will begin serving all Bee-Line bus stops along the route.
The other changes on bus service are the following:
· Route 12: On Saturdays, there will be minor schedule adjustments before 5 p.m. in both directions.
· Route 13: Seasonal service to Playland will be discontinued.
The Romita Auditorium at Iona College's Ryan Library was largely empty last Thursday for a community meeting organized by Governor Cuomo's Tappan Zee Bridge team. Former News 12 anchor Brian Conybeare now Special Advisor to the Governor for the New Tappan Zee Bridge emceed the event. Robert Conway, Senior Vice President of AKRF Enviornmental Planning and Engineering Consultants joined Conybeare on the panel.
The slide presentation can be viewed here.Read more