The thing that blew my mind about the sinking of the T.O.D. last time is: there is no better way to boost biking and walking, and increase Beacon Main Street business, than a large captive audience of people in train dependent housing a couple hundred yards away.
But there was loud opposition of people who had those concerns as their motivation *against*, somehow. There seemed to be a logical disconnect.
There is the overblown and contrived issue of the viewshed. We're not building 10 story buildings. Even 5 story buldings don't obstruct the view from the foot of Main Street. But even so, if the viewshed is so important to you, why aren't you campaigning to cut down all of the trees? Exactly.
Almost anything is better than a giant parking lot as far as views. Additionally, before "Urban Renewal" in the 1960s nuked old Beacon from 9D down to the shore, Beacon used to be urban all the way down. This is a return to the past, not an alien encroachment. Therefore, whoever is planning the new T.O.D. should pay attention to historical architecture and make sure the development blends with the character of our city.
There is also the valid issue of additional business space that was planned for previous T.O.D. I don't see why we need *any* business space there. Well, maybe a pizzeria and a dry cleaner, but keep it extremely minimal. The point is we don't want to take business away from Main Street, we want to add customers to Main Street. So anyone planning the new T.O.D., please listen: very minimal new business space please, only residential, if you don't want resistance.
Finally, there is the dead Industrial Park off Brockway in Fishkill:
Put a parking garage there. Then, like in Connecticut, only a handful of parking permits at Beacon Station would be allowed, and only to Beacon residents (like, only half of the River side parking lot would continue to exist).
Next, expand 9D up to Brockway and widen Brockway. Or even making a new 11A exit cutting through the Dutchess Stadium area (although that is truly a little too ambitious). Then Orange County commuters go there to get to the city on special superexpress trains with only 125th or Grand Central as their next stop. The shopping center across from Dutchess Stadium would love the new business, so Fishkill would support, and Orange County would too: their commuters don't like waiting in traffic on 9D in Beacon any more than we do, and they don't want local trains, they want to get to the city fast.
This is that third track with it's own forlorn wooden platform at Beacon station. This track takes a slight turn and ends at the old Brockway industrial site. So the tracks are already ready for this.
An extremely important addendum dear to my heart:
Let us use the f#@*~! Beacon Line MTA!
Make that a condition of approval of the T.O.D. Imagine if we could bike up to the Dutchess County Rail Trail from Beacon. It means just a small trail alongside the unused tracks, like Scenic Hudson already does with the Klara Sauer Trail to Dennings Point from Long Dock. It really is not a big deal except for the obstinance and lack of awareness from the MTA. So we make them aware by packaging use of the Beacon Line with approval of the T.O.D. It's the only way too get them to notice or care.