As has been said, when ever people offer you information you dismiss and insult THEM. Just like Ms Thompson. Just saying.
You come off as the mindless one. I urge you to not go to experts unless you can graciously acknowledge their expertise. You are burning bridges and you don't even realize it. It is a problem with the young, they think they know more than they do.
You understand very very little so I urge you to start trying to learn instead of assuming you know. Please, it is a worthwhile project and you are ruining your efforts. Stop defending yourself, it is only making it worse.
Good luck with getting the MTA to let go of the tracks...Putnam County has been working on it for a few years now and MTA has stonewalled them. There are even State DOT people involved with this now and MTA will not budge. Putnam is working on getting State political types involved now. They are trying to put pressure on the MTA from the top down.
The other problem is that the neither the feds nor the state will fund any of these projects if MTA has the right to take the tracks back. Putnam is also trying to deal with that.
I think it has to do with the fact that is is the only east west connection on the line...and while they may not have a need for it now they may want to use it sometime in the future...50-100 years out...It is a perfect canidate for railbanking but they won't do that and even if they did we'd have to get over the hurdle of state/fed funding.
I'd like to revive this conversation, but frame it in a different way.
The MTA should be involved. We need to use the track as a branch line to bring commuters to the Beacon station from Glenham, Fishkill and Brinckerhoff. This needs to be rolled into the planning for the TOD.
If commuters could take a train on the branch line to get to the Beacon station, we would have fewer cars on the road heading to the station in the mornings -- and fewer cars leaving Beacon in the evening.
Housing in those areas would be more attractive to potential buyers because they could take a train all the way to the Beacon station. More families could rely on one car, instead of having two.
This could also reduce the need for more parking spaces at the Beacon station. And perhaps even have a role in preventing the need to widen 9D.
As I said, this needs to be part of the conversation about the TOD with the MTA. As I see it, the MTA would run the commuter train/shuttle/trolley.
You have a great idea, but you just need to shift your thinking to include the MTA.
Jill Corson Lake
Why is it that if the MTA does not go for your idea then the only other alternative is to rip up the tracks?
I understand that when you relly believe in a cause that sometimes you tend to be consumed by it. It has happened to most of us. But maybe taking a step back and really looking at what you are endorsing and the big picture you will find another way to get your end result which is easing the congestion on 9D from the train station right?