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Have a Say in Rockland's Transit Future

Open house held Thursday to gather input on transportation needs and projects in the county and beyond.

Have a Say in Rockland's Transit Future

The holds an Open House Thursday at the Palisades Mall to collect public input for updating their regional transportation plan. 

NYMTC wants people who live and work in Rockland County to make suggestions for improving and maintaining the region’s transportation system from 2015 through 2040. 

In addition to the Open House, ideas for projects can be shared along with feedback on an interactive website

The Rockland County Open House, which occurs today in the fourth floor Community Room from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., includes presentations scheduled for 4:15 p.m. and 6:30 pm. Public input is sought on topics from traffic congestion and transit to biking and moving goods within Rockland and in the whole region. NYMTC representatives and Rockland County staff members will be present.

“The Regional Transportation Plan update is critical to putting transportation dollars to work in Rockland and the region,” said County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef. “As a NYMTC principal and former co-chair, I encourage residents to attend and participate in the sessions, or provide their input through the new RTP interactive website. We need to hear residents’ transportation ideas and concerns so that we as Council members can translate them into projects, proposals and studies reflected in the updated Plan.”

The NYMTC’s 2040 Plan will lay out a long-range framework for maintaining and improving the region’s transportation system: its roads, bridges, freight and mass transit facilities, plus bicycle and pedestrian networks. It will identify the transportation improvement concepts, projects and policy recommendations that can address the region’s long-term growth challenges and needs – an initial step to bringing federal transportation dollars into the area.

NYMTC’s Plan is updated every four years and is the result of a metropolitan planning process that tries to bring together as many of the region’s governmental entities, business community members and residents to focus on future transportation needs.

The NYMTC is the metropolitan planning organization for New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley that enables federal transportation funds to flow into the region. Rockland County is one of its voting member agencies.

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