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Letter To The Editor: Rivertowns Square Needs Public Transit

Paul Feiner, Town of Greenburgh supervisor
Paul Feiner, Town of Greenburgh supervisor Photo Credit: Contributed

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Rivertowns Daily Voice accepts signed and original letters to the editor up to 350 words. To submit your letter, email rivertowns@dailyvoice.com.

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.

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