As always, we’ve been working hard to deliver the best stories to our readers each week, especially on the commuting beat. Here’s what you need to know, in case you missed it:
- The League of Women Voters announced it had “strong reservations” about the state’s TZ plan, because it lacks a mass transit system from the start. State officials say the bridge is expensive enough, so to add mass transit is unaffordable, they say.
- Thruway Authority chief Thomas Madison promoted the bridge plan at a Manhattan breakfast with business leaders and reporters, who pressed him on how the state will pay for the new TZ. Madison said there is “no intent” to hike tolls throughout the Thruway system. But that’s not what he told one reporter just the day before.
- Residents in South Nyack blasted state officials after they were asked to vote on whether they want sound barriers during and after construction of the new TZ. Fuming residents argued that they can’t make a decision if they don’t have details of the plan.
- AAA announced its travel projections for Memorial Day weekend. Expect lots of traffic as more people hit the road to drive to their vacations.