Four months after the fast-tracking of the Tappan Zee project, the public will have an opportunity to testify about New York State’s plan to replace the bridge.
There is no shortage of questions about the project, which differs significantly from the bridge that Lower Hudson Valley residents had agreed upon after a decade of public debate. Most importantly, the bridge proposed by Governor Cuomo’s administration does not include a public transit component. In fact, the proposed design might actually thwart future attempts to install dedicated bus lanes.
Transit is just one of several issues that the state must address before moving forward with the Tappan Zee project. Questions remain about cost estimates, project financing, environmental impacts, and more—New York State should take time to respond to them fully. Nyack officials and others are currently drafting a request for a public comment period extension.
Tell Governor Cuomo, President Obama, and your elected officials in Albany and Washington that you want transit on the Tappan Zee—sign our petition and make sure to come to the public hearings!
Citizens will be able to go on the record at two five-hour meetings this week. Their details are below:
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
4th Floor Community Rooms
1000 Palisades Center Drive
West Nyack, New York 10994
Thursday, March 1, 2012
670 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, New York 10591
Comments can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Tappan Zee Bridge project, visit brtonthebridge.org.