TALKING POINTS--CAN TRAIN STATIONS HANDLE ADDITIONAL PARKING NEEDS IF BUS ROUTE IS ELIMINATED?
Westchester County is considering eliminating the Westchester-Manhattan express bus service. If this service is discontinued will area train stations be able to handle the additional parking needs of commuters who will have to drive to work? A few years back--when parking spots at train stations was tight (it has eased up due to the poor economy)--many commuters complained that they could not find parking. If this route is eliminated will additional taxpayer dollars have to be spent building more parking garages near train stations after the economy improves?
Eliminating a bus route could be penny wise and pound foolish.
WILL PROPERTY VALUES ON CENTRAL AVE GO DOWN?
Many people have purchased apartments on Central Ave because of the Westchester-NYC bus route. The existence of this service has encouraged people to buy. No need to buy a car to get to work in the city. Will the discontinuation of this route result in PROPERTY VALUE REDUCTIONS?
ONCE RIDGE HILL OPENS, WILL ELIMINATION OF A BUS ROUTE THAT HELPS CENTRAL AVE BUSINESSES RESULT IN
EVEN MORE SHOPPING LOSSES, CAUSING CENTRAL AVE BUSINESSES TO GO UNDER?
The enormous Ridge Hill shopping development is scheduled to open in 2011. Ridge Hill will create competition for existing merchants who have businesses on Central Ave. This won't be good for Central Ave merchants. If an important Central Ave bus route is eliminated fewer people will shop on Central Ave---causing financial problems for Central Ave merchants. The combination of Ridge Hill and the discontinuation of the Westchester-NYC bus could lead to stores going under --and additional certiorari's (tax losses) for the county.
I have received many e mails since yesterday supporting the continuation of the Westchester-NYC bus service. Copies of all e mails I have received from residents will be made available on request. My e mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. We must save this route. If you want to be part of the citizen effort to save the route please e mail me at email@example.com or call me on my cell: 438-1343 or 914 993 1545.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor