Mary MuellerNov 9, 2017, 7:24 pmNov 9, 2017, 7:31 pm

Proposed cuts to TZx bus service may add more time to commute

Rockland commuters who depend on service to get to NYC could face new challenge

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NYACK — Rockland County commuters may have to spend more time on the bus if a new plan to extend the Tappan Zee Express route is approved.

Transportation officials are proposing to cut express buses from Rockland County to the Tarrytown Train Station, offering only local buses to Tarrytown and sending express buses to White Plains.

Jennifer Lozado takes the TZx from the Palisades Center to the Tarrytown Train Station. She already has an hour and 15-minute commute to Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx where she works.

“It will make my commute a lot longer," Lozado said.

And she's not alone. Many who depend on these buses to get to work on time are worried about the proposal.

"It would be disappointing; just makes everything longer," Kevin Kelitz of West Nyack said.

Some say the buses already deal with traffic over the bridge and sometimes they don't come on time.

The New York State Department of Transportation's contract with TZx ends soon and they are working on getting a new bus operator for their Lower Hudson Valley transit program to improve service for commuters over the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

Local lawmakers are also voicing their concerns about the proposal. Rockland County Executive Ed Day issued a statement, saying in part: "We will continue to fiercely advocate for full express service from the Palisades Center to Tarrytown and we ask our residents to also make their voices personally heard at upcoming LHTL meetings."

In response, a DOT spokesperson said in part that "the service plan will not be finalized until we've considered all of the valuable feedback from the public and a transit operator is under contract, but routes from Lot J in Nyack to the Tarrytown Station will continue to be available to commuters."

The DOT website will have information on their site for those interested in attending the next public hearing.

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