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Boating on Sound? Connecticut toughens drunk boating law

May
28

You know that it’s no more legal to be driving a boat than a car when you’re drunk. Now Connecticut has toughened its boating while intoxicated law.

This comes after Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s law last year doling out harsher penalties to anyone who kills Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Friday, May 28th, 2010 at 11:37 am |
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Memorial Day transportation schedule changes

May
27

Here are the Memorial Day weekend schedule changes for mass transit in Rockland, as provided by the county:

FRIDAY:

• Regularly scheduled Tappan ZEExpress buses will provide extra seating from Tarrytown station during Friday afternoon.

• Coach USA Rockland Coaches (Red & Tan Lines) express bus routes will operate early rush hour buses from Port Authority bus terminal. Route 45 will begin service at 1:50 p.m. Route 47 will begin at 2:30 p.m. and Route 49 will begin at 2:15 p.m.

• NJ Transit will add extra trains. On the Main/Bergen Line, an early train will depart from New York’s Penn Station at 2:37 p.m. and from Hoboken at 2:43 p.m. On the Pascack Valley Line, an early train will depart from Penn Station at 2:37 p.m. and from Hoboken at 2:51 p.m. The Pascack Valley train that normally departs Penn Station at 5:45 p.m. and Hoboken at 5:55 p.m. will be cancelled.

• Coach USA Express bus service from the Exit 14 Park & Ride lot will operate regular morning service. Evening service from Manhattan from 56 St. & 5th Ave will add two early getaway buses at 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. Wall Street buses will operate regular evening schedules.

MONDAY (MEMORIAL DAY):

• Rockland County’s Tappan ZEExpress and Transport of Rockland (TOR) buses will operate Saturday schedules, except that TOR Loop 1 and Loop 2 will operate weekday schedules.

• TRIPS Paratransit bus service will not operate.

• Clarkstown Mini-Trans, Spring Valley Jitney, Coach USA Express (Exit 14) and the TOR Ferry Express buses will not operate.

• The Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry will not operate.

• Coach USA Rockland Coaches (Red & Tan Lines) routes 9, 9W, 11-A, 11-C and 20 will operate Sunday schedules. Commuter express routes 45, 47 and 49 will not operate.

• Coach USA’s Shortline buses will operate a holiday schedule.

• Monsey Trails buses will operate a holiday schedule.

• Metro-North’s Hudson Line and Port Jervis Line trains will operate weekend schedules.

• NJ Transit trains will operate a Weekend schedule on the Main/Bergen Line and on the Pascack Valley Line. Call 973-275-5555 or go to www.njtransit.com.

For all transit inquiries, call the Rockland Transit Information Center at 845-364-3333, weekedays, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Or visit the county’s website at www.rocklandgov.com and click on the bus.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
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Metro-North makes early holiday weekend getaway easier

May
27

If your leaving your Manhattan job early for the Memorial Day weekend, Metro-North has got more trains for you. The railroad is scheduling more trains out of Grand Central Terminal early Friday afternoon for those eager to start their summer.

On the other hand, the railroad is scaling back its service later in the afternoon and evening, figuring that most people will have left by then.

Here’s the railroad’s Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
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Merritt Parkway’s character “endangered?”

May
26

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has raised the alarm about the Merritt Parkway, the 37.5 winding miles of scenery and ornamented overpasses that the Hutchinson River Parkway becomes when it crosses from Westchester into Connecticut.

The road is on the National Register of Historic Places partly because of the overpasses, each one unique, Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
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Transit bill would bring $345 million to region

May
25

New York’s two U.S. senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a bill today that would bring $345 million to transit in the New York City region, helping to restore services that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority cut, Schumer’s office said.

That sum would be the New Jersey-New York City-Connecticut region’s share of some $2 billion that would Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
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In downtown New Rochelle lots, 24-hour meters coming

May
19

Starting Monday, if you park in any of six lots in downtown New Rocehlle, you’ll have to pay, no matter what time of day or night — except for Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You’ll still be able to park free on the streets after 6 p.m., if you can find a spot.

The City Council approved the new rules after receiving a recommendation from a Downtown Business Improvement District task force that spoke with eight businesses and observed Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
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Second Avenue Subway: Drilling starts at last

May
19

When it comes to New York City lore, the Second Avenue Subway sounds a little bit like alligators in the sewer.

Get it? See, the subterranean urban reptiles are just a myth. And so, it may have seemed, was the east side subway line.

Until now.

A few days ago, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched a tunnel-boring machine that will Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
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Cycling colleague suggests “Share the Road” license plate

May
5

Here’s an idea from my colleague Randall Wolf: A “Share the Road” license plate.

You’d pay extra for it, like other custom vehicle plates that support causes such as the arts, multiple sclerosis research and wildlife conservation, and the extra money would go toward bike lanes and other things that foster cycling in New York state. Randall, an avid cyclist, posted the idea on his Cycling Central blog just in time Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
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Want to help with the Bike Summit? Show up early.

May
5

If you want to hear about ways to make bicycling easier, more convenient and safer in Westchester communities, head to the second annual Westchester Bike Summit tomorrow (May 6) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Ave., Greenburgh.

In fact, if you want to lend a hand to the event, organizers are looking for volunteers to help Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
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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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