Assembly Speaker Heastie and Assemblyman Buchwald Announce $13.5 Million to Extend Bus Rapid Transit to White Plains, Harrison, Rye Brook and Port Chester

August 16, 2017

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblyman David Buchwald today announced an additional $13.5 million dollars to extend the Rockland-Westchester bus rapid transit service to White Plains, Harrison, Rye Brook and onto Port Chester.

Phase One of the Lower Hudson Transit Link along the I-287 corridor is scheduled to begin service in the fall of 2018. It is a program of integrated projects that support traffic and bus rapid transit improvements from Suffern in Rockland County to downtown White Plains. The funding announced today will support extending the service beyond center city White Plains along Westchester Avenue, continuing on through Harrison and Rye Brook to Port Chester. The project calls for a fleet of new buses, new bus stops, intersection improvements and computer assisted traffic management to help the buses move quickly.

“Access is an indispensable factor of economic development,” said Speaker Heastie. “As we continue working to build bridges to success in communities across our state, investments in public transit and infrastructure are more important than ever. New Yorkers need affordable and sustainable transit options that ensure their connection to the local businesses, education and recreational opportunities that support families and our economy. I’d like to thank Governor Cuomo for acknowledging the importance of addressing Westchester’s transit concerns and working with the Westchester Legislative Delegation to ensure they are addressed.”

“Westchester and Rockland residents, including but by no means limited to my constituents in Harrison and White Plains, will benefit from the expansion of the Lower Hudson Transit Link,” said Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-White Plains). “Providing funds for an east-west mass transit route will help us connect for the first time Metro-North’s Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines.”

“An energy efficient, pedestrian friendly mass transit system has been a major priority for the residents of this region since the announcement of a new Tappan Zee Bridge,” said Assemblymember Amy Paulin. “It was my privilege to serve alongside my colleagues on the New New York Bridge Mass Transit Task Force and through those efforts we identified improvements and investments that were necessary to support the new and exciting economic growth in our region. As we look toward a cleaner, greener future for New York, transportation alternatives must be supported and adequately funded to keep residents, workers and families moving efficiently throughout our communities.”

“I'd like to thank Assembly Speaker Heastie as well as our White Plains Assembly Members Amy Paulin and David Buchwald for securing the funding in this year's state budget to implement the White Plains to Port Chester line of the BRT as part of phase 1 of this project,” said White Plains Mayor Tom Roach. “The BRT system is a critical component in the modernization of our regional transportation system and to the economic vibrancy of White Plains. We want to ensure that people from both within Westchester County as well as the region can easily and efficiently access White Plains to work, shop and play. This funding will help make that happen.”

“Thanks to Assembly Speaker Heastie and the entire Westchester delegation for advocating on behalf of the residents of Westchester. The limits of public transportation in Westchester have long been a barrier to the residents of the Village of Harrison. Improved transit options will greatly benefit Harrison’s corporate corridor, increasing opportunities for both corporations and employees that are a vital part of our economy,” said Mayor of Harrison Ron Belmont.

The State Assembly has advocated for increased construction funding for transit systems throughout the state amid record demand for sustainable transportation alternatives that ease traffic, support environmental goals and provide commuters with affordable alternatives to driving.