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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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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State awards contract for Tappan Zee Bridge redecking project, part II

June
14

The same contractor that has spent the last three years redecking part of the Tappan?Zee Bridge will spend the next two years on the next phase of the project.

Tutor Perini Corp. has been awarded a $148.8 million contract, the state Thruway?Authority announced today. The joint venture of Perini Corp. and Tutor-Saliba Corp. submitted the low bid among six contractors. The high bid was $226.2 million.

The bulk of the project will focus on the redecking of the three center lanes of the 54-year-old bridge. The work will start next year and take place overnight. More than 700 deck panels will be replaced and the project will be completed in the winter of 2012.

This year, the contractor will upgrade the bridge’s safety railings to make them harder to climb.

When completed, approximately 96 percent of the original deck will have been replaced since the bridge opened in 1955.

File photo by staff photographer Seth Harrison.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Monday, June 14th, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
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A teenager runs cross-country. Literally, across the country

June
14

Here we are (some of us) having just finished following the news of the 16-year-old who tried to become the youngest ever to sail around the world, when word comes now that a 17-year-old woman who is about to finish a 3,200-mile run from Los Angeles to Manhattan.

Jasmine “Jazzy” Jordan is scheduled to reach Times Square tomorrow, completing the on-foot trek she began September, 2009.

U.S. Secretary Ray LaHood calls her “a true American Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, June 14th, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
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Beware the closed on-ramp at Exit 13 on the Palisades parkway

June
12

Intermittent ramp closures are planned on the Palisades Interstate Parkway’s Exit 13 southbound entrance ramp from Route 202 from Monday through Wednesday due to road paving, the state Department of Transportation said. The closures are scheduled to occur between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Motorists intending to travel south on the Palisades Interstate Parkway from Route 202 and Route 45 are advised to follow the posted detour.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Saturday, June 12th, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
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Another hitch for the MTA on cost savings.

June
10

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has set another round of hearings to talk about layoffs of station agents and closures of subway booths, but it isn’t happy to do so.

It comes on orders of a judge.

While MTA heads, starting with Chief Executive Jay Walder, have announced Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, June 10th, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
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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


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