NEW: Trains, brains and automobiles: Town task force on transportation asks for input from YOU

transportation
Monday, June 4, 2012
by Christine Yeres

Last Saturday afternoon, NCNOW asked passers-by in Chappqua and Millwood what ideas they might have to improve transportation in New Castle.  See their comments in “Read more…”  The Transportation Task Force of the town’s Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB) is holding an open forum to discuss how to do better with trains, traffic, parking, biking, walking, jitneys and more on Monday, June 4 in the assembly room of town hall at 7:30 p.m..

Metro North

“What can we have to say about this train service? If you take the right train you can get a seat.”

“I bought a Prius, which is pretty compact and gets me a front-row parking space at the train station. I love it.”

“Train service isn’t bad.”

Train Station Parking

“Commuter parking? It seems to work.  I doubt jitneys will ever go over big here.”

“There’s too big an area right in front of the train station that causes too many people to hang around for pick up in the evening and allows people to make big U-turns to get out onto South Greeley instead of going through to Washington Avenue.”

“It should be the easiest thing in the world to create a ride-share website so that people can share rides to the train—and home again—right from your own neighborhood.”

Traffic

“Add ‘parking’ to this, because if parking is difficult, traffic will be buzzing around to find parking.”

“If I know I can find parking, I’ll handle the traffic.”

“The new lot behind the stores on South Greeley is great.  I never realized what a wretched eyesore the old one was until now.”

“I hate the one-way Lower King Street deal.  Isn’t there a way to let us out of there other than by going all the way to the train station?”

School Busing

“The buses must run to schools every day, but the cars don’t have to.  Can we do something to cut down on parents driving kids to school?”

“It would be very hard for me to put my child on a bus that will take him 45 minutes to get to school when I can save him that time or let him sleep by driving him to school.”

“There should be YouTube Khan Academy videos playing on the bus each morning so kids can use the time to learn something.”

“Put monitors on the bus so the children can watch the news or something fun. Trivia games or their teachers reading books. Something that makes them want to be on the bus with their friends.”


Pedestrian Traffic

“Over the last month, the contractor responsible for the 120 bridge returned to pave several of the crosswalks with brick.  This is supposed to make motorists and pedestrians more aware of each other.  I’m not sure it does that, but it does look very nice.”

“Gedney is a big resource to the whole town.  It’s very important to have a sidewalk connecting it to nearby Millwood.”

“I’d like to see a sidewalk go in along Bedford Road to the condos at Old Farm Lake.  I thought we had money set aside for that.  What’s happening?”

“The town and school boards, the PTA and their committees should all hold walking meetings on the high school track.  Walk and talk.”

“The town had plans to open the trailway between Chappaqua Crossing and North Greeley Avenue, in downtown Chappaqua.  It followed a sewer line from Mt. Kisco, and runs along the railroad tracks, behind the high school.  What every happened to the idea?  Students—and regular people—could walk to town safely.”


Bicycling

“The sidewalk on 120 (Quaker Road) is great for walking, but cyclists wouldn’t be welcome on it—and we can’t bike on Quaker Road.  Or on Bedford Road.  Maybe adults cycling in packs, but I certainly wouldn’t let my children bike around town.”

Jitney Service

“The town ran a jitney service from Gedney to the Chappaqua train station parking lot, but it wasn’t used much and they discontinued it.”

“I want the use of my own, personal car.  The jitney thing won’t work. It’s un-American.”


Join the Transportation Task Force members tonight at town hall.  If you can’t make it, email task force and SAB member Dick Goldsmith with your ideas at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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