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Ali RosenMay 11, 2017, 9:40 pmMay 13, 2017, 7:08 am

Transit council gives look into the future of transportation in Lower Hudson Valley

The New York Metropolitan Transit Council creates a plan that shows how the state will upgrade, expand public transportation

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The Department of Transportation predicts that the Lower Hudson Valley will grow in population by 18 percent by 2045—a rate that proves population will grow faster than New York City and Long Island.

On Thursday, Leaders in transportation planning across the Hudson Valley attended a meeting on Thursday to learn about the state's vision for our area growing transit needs

The New York Metropolitan Transit Council provided some planning concepts for Westchester by 2045 which include improvements for Tarrytown-Port Chester local transit, the redevelopment of the White Plains Transit Center, a Metro-North upgrade, and enhancements to bicycle and pedestrian enhancements.

“One of the things that absolutely needs to occur is a reimagined White Plains Train Station. Right now it’s already three times the original capacity from when it was built and it’s the number one reverse commuter station in the entire Metro-North system,” State Assemblyman David Buchwald said.

The entire 2045 transportation visionary plan is estimated to cost $627 billion dollars but that number includes transit in the Lower Hudson Valley, Long Island and the five boroughs of New York City.

A big chunk of the $627 million, about 80 percent of that is to preserve the system. The remainder is to enhance the system and that’s where the major projects come in,” said Executive Director Jose Rivera of the NY Metropolitan Transportation Council.

The DOT hopes to have their plans finalized and executed by late September.

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