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Mayor Fixell Will Push for Bus on TZ Bridge

Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell is among the 28 appointed to the new Tappan Zee Bridge's Mass Transit Task Force.

Among the 28 member Mass Transit Task Force appointed to examine transit options for the new Tappan Zee Bridge is Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell.

Fixell, with many regional politicians, has been clearly planted on the side of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) as the most viable, cheapest option for mass transit on the bridge when grander options are next to impossible.

Now that we’ve seen three proposed versions of a new bridge – all only mass-transit “ready” (one with added costs) – I thought I’d check in with him on what input he might offer this Task Force and what he thought membership in it might entail.

Fixell said:

  • “At this point, we've been provided with no information as to how the task force/committee will operate, though one thing I am virtually certain of is that the members will not be 'voting' in any way for or against the proposed designs.”
  • “As far as my thoughts on mass transit modes, at this point I continue to believe that BRT makes the most sense, and should be pursued. Though it's impossible to know with any certainty what my positions will be with regard to any specific proposals, my general approach will be to support solutions that will effectively and efficiently ease auto traffic in the corridor while at the same time ensuring that whatever is done will not negatively affect Tarrytown residents and will hopefully provide some real benefits.”

The Mass Transit Task Force will have one year to complete its work and make recommendations. However, Fixell’s term is up in March and he hasn’t announced whether he will run again or not. On that note, he simply said, "no decision at this time."

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Krista Madsen December 12, 2012 at 01:38 PM
By "grander" I did mean better basically in the ways that you mention. I think most would agree the light rail is preferable but initial cost has proved prohibitive now.
Krista Madsen December 12, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Task force has nothing to do with choosing which bridge, which are all basically the same in terms of mass transit readiness, but how things will work transportation-wise before, during and after construction. Here's the explainer on the Task Force: http://patch.com/A-0j1f. They are looking at long-term mass transit to come as well - whether that be bus, light rail or commuter rail.
john slivin December 12, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Just look at this guys picture and it just screams....I am a TOOL......are you going to sue Sleepy Hollow on this one as well Toolboy.....
George December 12, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I have to agree with Steve (above) light rail is the way to go and the cost, at the start, is more but in the end it's the correct way for the environment, safety and crowd control. Rail ready is a laugh. Do they think it's going to get cheaper in the future to complete the rail? All we're doing is kicking another can down the road for our grand children to deal with.
wanda December 12, 2012 at 10:12 PM
The bridges that were proposed I believe one of them did not even support Mass Transit.What if they choose that bridge.

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