UPDATED: MTA Plans Service Enhancements For Rockland

Enhancements scheduled to start in October


Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef announced the MTA has proposed service improvements for Rockland County, to be phased in over the course of one year beginning in October. According to the MTA, the purpose of the funding is to “respond to the need for transit services in growing and changing neighborhoods.”

The news came in a July 19th letter from Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Joseph J. Lhoto. Metro-North plans to add two peak period trains on the Pascack Valley Line, as part of service level restoration. These are designed to provide new travel options for Rockland County customers during the peak morning and afternoon travel times.

The MTA has proposed the following service enhancements:

  • A new morning peak train will depart Spring Valley at approximately 8 a.m.
  • In addition, there will be a new afternoon/evening peak train, which will operate Monday through Thursday, and on Fridays and holidays to provide a mid-afternoon “getaway.”

“I appreciate Chairman Lhota’s long term commitment to providing the Rockland County with the most efficient transportation system possible, and that the MTA will be allocating significant financial resources to improving and expanding services for Rockland County riders,” said Vanderhoef.

The MTA Metro-North Committee was scheduled to meet yesterday to discuss the proposed service investments for Rockland.

Pat July 24, 2012 at 02:31 PM
LOL, $29 million to reschedule and provide 2 additional trains to the Pascack Valley line that commuters that use them pay for anyway. I'd love to see the numbers on this deal and why Vanderhoef is so appreciative to the MTA. Maybe he is already looking for a new job.
Lynn Teger July 25, 2012 at 04:51 PM
The link below shows the comprehensive plan for Rockland County. All of the red dots show where bike paths will be located. All of the gray dots show where the transit lines will be located. The plan, under Smart Growth, is to have people riding their bikes to the train to go to work; to reduce the number of "single occupancy vehichles" and "single family homes. Clarkstown is a member of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, as well as the US Conference of Mayors. Please see map, as well as video for further information. http://www.bikenewengland.com/routes/nystate/rockland%20county.pdf https://vimeo.com/46315677


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