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Croton Falls Road Bridge closure planned for rehablitation of the span

August
12

Croton Falls Road over the Croton River in North Salem and Somers will be partly closed Wednesday through Nov. 22, and completely closed Sunday. The closure will allow for rehabilitation work on the Croton Falls Road Bridge.

Here’s an announcement from the Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation:

CROTON FALLS ROAD LANE CLOSURE STARTS WEDNESDAY

IN NORTH SALEM AND SOMERS

Work is part of the Croton Falls Road Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Motorists are advised that the project to rehabilitate the Croton Falls Road Bridge over the Croton River in the towns of North Salem and Somers will start Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Beginning Wednesday Aug. 14, the eastbound lane of Croton Falls Road from Route 100/202 to Route 22 will be closed starting at 8 a.m. and will continue to be closed until Friday, Nov. 22.  A detour will be posted using Route 100/202 and Route 22.

In addition, a one-day full closure is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in both the eastbound and westbound directions of Croton Falls Road from Route 100/202 to Route 22.  A detour will be posted using Route 100/202 and Route 22.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.  Variable message signs are being used to alert motorists of the upcoming closure.

For additional information, contact Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation at 995-2555.

 

 

 

 

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 4:20 pm
Category: North Salem, somers

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Editorial Spotlight candidate interviews scheduled

September
29

The Journal News/LoHud.com Editorial Board holds endorsement interviews with candidates in key contests on the Nov. 8 ballot. Voters may watch LIVE online at www.lohud.com/editorialspotlight; questions can be submitted via our CoverItLive live-blogging feature.

The following endorsement hearings are scheduled:
Oct. 4: 1 p.m. Stony Point supervisor
Oct. 4: 3 p.m. Rockland Legislature, Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8
Oct. 5: 1 p.m. Putnam County executive
Oct. 5: 3 p.m. New Rochelle mayor
Oct. 11: 1 p.m. Rockland Legislature, Districts 9, 10 and 11
Oct. 11: 3 p.m. Rockland Legislature, Districts 13, 14, 16 and 17
Oct. 12: 1 p.m. Westchester Board of Legislators, Districts 1, 2 and 3
Oct. 12: 3 p.m. Westchester Board of Legislators, Districts 4, 5, 6 and 7
Oct. 18: 1 p.m. Clarkstown supervisor
Oct. 18: 3 p.m. Orangetown supervisor
Oct. 19: 1 p.m., Westchester Board of Legislators, Districts 9, 10, 12 and 13
Oct. 19: 3 p.m., Westchester Board of Legislators, Districts 14, 15 and 17
Oct. 25: 1 p.m. Rockland County Sheriff
Oct. 25: 3 p.m. Ramapo supervisor
Oct. 26: 1 p.m. Yonkers mayor
Oct. 26: 3 p.m. Mount Vernon mayor

Interviews for Westchester and Putnam candidates take place in our White Plains office, 1 Gannett Drive. Interviews for Rockland candidates take place in our West Nyack office, 1 Crosfield Ave. Candidates needing more information can contact Nancy Cutler at ncutler@lohud.com or 845-578-2403.

Voters guide
The 2011 local elections determine who represents you on the county, town and village level. Visit www.lohud.com/candidates to find out who’s running, and where the candidates stand on the issues.

Calling all candidates
The Journal News and LoHud.com wish to hear from candidates vying in local Westchester, Rockland and Putnam elections.

Please send us an email including your full name, home address, daytime phone number and an active email address to elections@lohud.com. In both the subject line and body of the email, be sure to indicate which office you are vying for. The information will be used by our news and opinion staffs to contact and correspond with candidates. Additionally, the email address will be used to send candidates a questionnaire that will form the basis of an online guide for voters.

Posted by Ed Forbes on Thursday, September 29th, 2011 at 3:26 pm
Category: Government & Politics
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Death on the Thruway

September
19

Today’s news report on the horrific New York State Thruway crash notes the fatal lore surrounding the stretch of highway dividing Rockland and Orange, observing that some drivers attribute the number of accidents there to a curse. The article, rest assured, dismisses notions of a curse, as well as any concern  that the stretch is any more dangerous than the rest of the Thruway. Doubtless, a richer target for inquiry into factors contributing to the tragedy will be the type of vehicle involved — the ubiquitous extended passenger van.

Federal highway officials have long decried the poor design of such vehicles, which typically hold up to 15 passengers, making them a favorite for church groups, college athletic teams, migrant workers, the military, and even daycare centers. The trouble is, they have a high center of gravity, making them more susceptible to rollover accidents under certain conditions, such as when a driver executes a sharp turn or otherwise “over corrects” when traveling at high speeds. Other factors in the extended van’s  well-documented history of carnage: drivers, not necessarily professional drivers, are often unaware of the hazards associated with the vehicles, or the need to be vigilant about tire maintenance; and passengers often raise the ante by not wearing  seat belts. Another finding by government researchers: the more people in an extended van, the greater the peril.

Here’s what the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report:

Fifteen-passenger vans, which make up about 0.25 percent of the passenger vehicle fleet in the United States, are frequently used to transport school sports teams, van pools, church groups, and other groups. Although they are involved in a proportionate number of fatal accidents compared to their percentage in the fleet, they are involved in a higher number of single-vehicle accidents involving rollovers than are other passenger vehicles. Various factors have been associated with 15-passenger van rollover, particularly occupancy level and vehicle speed. Because these vans are designed to carry 15 passengers, the Safety Board is particularly concerned about the relationship between occupancy level and vehicle rollover.

In Saturday’s tragedy, police said the van blew a rear tire; the driver over corrected to the right, swerving over the rumble strip; and the van rolled over several times. Passengers — a group from Joy Fellowship Christian Assemblies in the Bronx to a banquet in Schenectady — spilled from the vehicle. Seven were reported dead and several others were injured. Police said that only the driver and front passenger were wearing seat belts.

The accident was reminiscent of one last month in Westchester. One person was killed and nine were injured when an extended van transporting day laborers slid off of Interstate 287 and overturned. Police reported that all of the passengers were ejected from the van.

Obviously, there is much to learn about the facts surrounding Saturday’s tragedy. One need not look too far afield, however, to acknowledge a circumstance  that should be relevant to investigators — or anyone who sets foot inside an extended van in the future.

Posted by Herb Pinder on Sunday, September 19th, 2010 at 12:48 pm
Category: Government & Politics, Rockland County, Schools, Uncategorized, Westchester Hispanic Coalition

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For Manhattan express bus, now comes the $7.50 fare.

July
14

You’ll remember the big to-do earlier this year when County Executive Robert Astorino proposed scaling back Bee-Line bus service to save money, including the elimination of the Manhattan express bus many commuters use to get to work.

The upshot was that the service was saved, but reduced, and that the fare would be increased. Well, on July 27, the county will hold a hearing on the proposal to increase the fare to $7.50 for a one-way ride. (It’s now $5.50.)

The hearing will be at the Westchester County Center on Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 4:34 pm
Category: Bee-Line, Bus, commute, Westchester County

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Amtrak feels the heat

July
7

The heat is getting to Amtrak here in the Northeast, and beyond.

Expect delays between Boston and Washington because of the sweltering weather. Here’s the railroad’s release on the matter:

AMTRAK’S NORTHEAST CORRIDOR AFFECTED

Delays expected between Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 at 2:40 pm
Category: Amtrak

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Transportation schedule for the holiday weekend

June
29

If you’re expecting to use mass transit this long holiday weekend, plan ahead. Here’s what’s running — and what’s not — from the Rockland County Department of Public Transportation.

Friday, July 2

• The Tappan ZEExpress bus service will provide additional buses on regularly scheduled departures to accommodate an expected early rush hour at the Tarrytown Metro-North train station.

• Coach USA Rockland Coaches (Red & Tan Lines) buses will begin express service from Manhattan on route 45 at 1:50 p.m., 47 at 2:30 p.m. and 49 at 2:15 p.m.

• The Coach USA Express (ShortLine) buses to the Exit 14 park and ride lot will operate early rush hour service from several locations in Manhattan.

• NJ Transit’s Main/Bergen Line and Pascack Valley Line and Metro-North’s Port Jervis Line trains from Manhattan and Hoboken will add early getaway service and cancel some regularly scheduled trains. Commuters should check with their individual transit carrier for details.

• The Haverstraw-Ossining ferry will meet an earlier train departing Grand Central at 2:54 p.m. The TOR Ferry Express bus will meet the earlier ferry arriving in Haverstraw.

Saturday, July 3

• Transit providers will operate normal Saturday service.

Sunday, July 4

• Transit providers will operate normal Sunday service.

Monday, July 5

• TOR and Tappan ZEExpress buses will operate Saturday service, except that TOR Loop 1 and Loop 2 will operate normal weekday service.

• Coach USA Rockland Coaches (Red & Tan Lines) and Coach USA Shortline will operate Sunday service. Coach USA Express from the Exit 14 park and ride lot will not operate.

• Metro-North trains and New Jersey Transit trains from Rockland will operate Sunday service.

• Clarkstown Mini Trans buses will operate normal weekday service.

• Spring Valley Jitney buses will not operate.

• The Haverstraw-Ossining ferry and TOR Ferry Express bus will not operate.

• Monsey Trails buses will operate a special holiday service schedule.

Call the Rockland Transit Information Center at 845-364-3333, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, or go to www.rocklandgov.com and click on the bus for schedules, fares and more information.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 at 4:43 pm
Category: Rockland County
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MetroCards on sale in various communities.

June
24

To ride the Bee-Line bus or New York City’s subways and buses, it pays to have The Card. That’s MetroCard. And you can buy them at the MetroCard van that makes rounds through Westchester. Here’s Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 at 11:22 am
Category: Bee-Line, commute, Commuting, MetroCard, MTA, Westchester County

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Church weighs in on text messaging

June
23

Those signs they post outside churches, the ones like movie marquees, are often clever, but usually they stick to messages about how you should be going to church. This one, which a couple of colleagues have been sending around on facebook, goes in a different direction:

I poked around the internet to find where the church is Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 at 10:20 am
Category: distracted driving, texting while driving

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Is there another way to get to work?

June
21

I was thoroughly envious when I was researching and writing Sunday’s article about two Rockland guys who get to their jobs by kayak.

It must be a great way to commute. Unfortunately, Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, June 21st, 2010 at 11:46 am
Category: commute, kayak

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NYC subways are dirtier, but it depends on the line

June
21

The Straphangers Campaign, a watchdog group, says half of all New York City subway cars were dirty according to a survey they took last fall, down from 57 percent a year earlier.

But the conditions differ from line to line, according to the report, called “subway shmutz.” Among the lines convenient to commuters who take Metro-North to Grand Central Terminal, the 6 train, Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, June 21st, 2010 at 11:17 am
Category: commute, Commuting, Metro-North, MTA, Straphangers Campaign, subways

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Boston Post Road, from the nation’s origins

June
18

Many of us drive Boston Post Road — Route 1 — to traverse downtown New Rochelle, visit car dealers and diners, get to Playland or the Marshlands Conservancy in Rye.

It’s easy to forget (though also easy to find reminders) that the road played many roles in the formation of the nation, not least of which was the origins of our postal service.

Now a writer from Manahttan, Eric Jaffe, reminds us with “The King’s Best Highway,” a 267-page volume that traces Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Friday, June 18th, 2010 at 11:18 am
Category: Eric Jaffe, New Rochelle Public Library, Uncategorized

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Yonkers bridge over old railroad to re-open

June
18

The Mile Square Road between bridge over the abandoned Putnam Railroad in Yonkers, closed since March, is expected to re-open Wednesday, Westchester County announced.

The span between Sprain Place and Midwood Avenue. It was closed for Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Friday, June 18th, 2010 at 10:43 am
Category: Uncategorized

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New Haven Line runs saved by Connecticut

June
17

Three daily New Haven Line runs that were set to be eliminated have been saved by Connecticut, which pitched in $200,000 to keep them running.

Metro-North Railroad plans on eliminating trains across the system as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s cost-saving Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 4:32 pm
Category: Commuting, Metro-North, MTA, New Haven line

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Awards given for fewer car trips.

June
17

MetroPool, the organization that looks for commuting alternatives, has given out its annual awards to employers in the region who have cut down on their cmployees car trips, and Westchester County government was a big winner.

The county came in first or second in three categories of the awards, which are given to those companies and goverments who take on MetroPool’s challenge to reduce Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 4:18 pm
Category: commute, Commuting
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Tri-State campaign wants tougher safe-streets bill

June
17

A bill to require streets to better accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians has passed the New York State Senate, but the Tri-State Transportation Campaign says the Assembly version is too weak.

The bill, sometimes called “complete streets,” requires Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 3:51 pm
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Going Places is your online source for shortcuts and news on the ins and outs of getting around the Lower Hudson Valley. We'll help you deal with traffic tie-ups, bad drivers and the high cost of commuting.

Going Places is written by transportation writers Khurram Saeed and Ken Valenti. Khurram's transportation column, "Getting There," runs Wednesdays in Rockland. Ken's column, "Going Places," runs Mondays in Westchester and Putnam. Join in the conversation and share tips on coping with fellow commuters.

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Khurram SaeedKhurram SaeedKhurram Saeed has been reporting for The Journal News since 2000. He writes about transportation issues in Rockland and has a weekly column called Getting There, which appears Wednesdays. READ MORE


Ken Valenti Ken Valenti Ken Valenti covers trains, planes and automobiles - not to mention buses and ferries - for Westchester and Putnam. He's been a reporter with The Journal News and its forerunners more than 20 years and has covered all four corners of Westchester County. READ MORE


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