NW Hospital employee parking at Reader’s Digest begins Monday, December 1

Update: December 1, 2008
by Christine Yeres

Today, Monday, December 1st,  up to 140 employees of Northern Westchester Hospital may park in the far north corner of the Reader’s Digest property and travel by shuttle bus to the hospital. The agreement with New Castle’s town board lasts for the two to three years it will take to expand the hospital’s emergency department and build a parking structure.

Commuters are not allowed to enter the property between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., the height of the high school traffic.  The first shuttle bus departs at 8:15 a.m.; the last, at 9:45 a.m.  Evenings, shuttles will bring employees back to their cars between 4:30 and 5:45. 

Between the last morning shuttle to the hospital and the first shuttle from the hospital back to the Digest, the town’s resolution requires that parkers use “private taxi service” or “Bee-Line bus service.” 

The resolution states that the hospital “will promote and continue to encourage to the greatest extent possible employee carpooling through use of the Metropool and NU-RIDE and existing public transportation to minimize traffic congestion around the Chappaqua Crossing site.”

According to its resolution, the Town Board “reserves the right to alter this operational plan, after consultation in writing with [Northern Westchester Hospital], so long as it is required by actual operating experiences and consistent with Local Law #3 of 2008.”