This past week I received an e mail from the developer of Rivertowns Square shopping center asking that I help wage a lobbying effort to persuade the county of Westchester to build a bus stop at the shopping center. This center is located across the street from the Saw Mill River Parkway. Many employees and shoppers, movie patrons, risk their lives every day crossing the parkway ---almost getting hit by a car. I'm convinced that someone will get killed if no bus stop is placed at the location.
I sent the following release out in the summer. We still don't have a bus stop.
I would be most grateful if people who visit Rivertowns Square would advise me anytime they observe a dangerous situation--a pedestrian crossing the parkway, almost being hit by cars. Be specific: date, time.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor
stand by parkway/Lawrence road--film pedestrian crossing the street. How many seconds does the pedestrian have to cross the parkway to get to the shopping plaza?
Chat with employees who fear for their lives because there is no stop at Westchester's newest shopping center.
Lawrence Road has no sidewalk from Saw Mill River Road to parkway.
There is no shelter for pedestrians to wait at the Saw Mill River Road stop.
The Rivertowns Square Shopping Center in Dobbs Ferry is Westchester County’s newest open air shopping village. There are stores, apartments, restaurants, a movie theater at the center. A supermarket and hotel will soon open up. There is only one big problem: there is no bus stop at the Rivertowns Square. There is a bus stop along 9A but the stop is not sheltered (there is only a place to sit) and it won’t be used by many during the cold winter months. Also, the current stop is located along 9A and will require employees to walk along an unsafe street (Lawrence Street) that is largly unlit and lacks adequate sidewalks. One has to also cross the Saw Mill River Parkway on foot, which is very hazardous. I crossed the parkway recently and felt I was risking my life.
Public transportation improvements that directly service the new Rivertowns Square Shopping Center in Dobbs Ferry are necessary. This shopping center and the adjacent businesses already employ residents of Westchester, and surrounding areas, who are dependent on public transportation, and that need will grow larger with the impending opening of both a food market and a hotel.
The Greenburgh Town Board (at the urging of the Greenburgh Human Rights Committee) approved a resolution which calls on the owner/operator of Rivertowns Square Shopping Center, with support from Westchester County, to address the specific unfulfilled improvements listed above, and to reevaluate any additional inadequacies associated with the Rivertowns Square project with respect to public transportation. I feel very strongly that there should be a bus stop at the Rivertowns Square shopping center –I don’t believe that it is safe to expect people to cross the Saw Mill River Parkway.