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You Can't Get There From Here part 2 - chap.5

 

part 1 - why you can't ...

part 2 - how you might be able to...

chapter 5 - the last mile

 

  No,not the final section of a new rail line being built,but rather a reference to the final segment of a transit trip to one's ultimate destination.The 'inconveniant truth' about trains is that they don't always take you within close walkable distance of where you work (or live) and this requires local transit from the main line station.Typicaly this would be via road transit (bus) from that train station to the downtown business district of a city or large town (or small city) like here in Poughkeepsie.However,in some places this might be from one kind of rail transit,a locomotive pushed or pulled commuter train with single or bi-level coaches (or DMUs),to another kind of train like a subway (New York city) or a bus-like electric LRV (Newark NJ,Denver CO,Portland OR etc.) and one day in Beacon,to the branch line DMU and then to downtown Beacon - Matteawan or... on route 52 to practicaly the front door of the Hudson Baylor facility (note: I do not have confirmation of the precise location but a large warehouse-like place can be seen under construction across the highway from Mechtronics in the Google satelite map).

  Once there is resumption of rail passenger service on the Beacon line, ('post train') the role of the LOOP route F bus between Beacon and Hopewell Jct. will change.Currently this is the sole mass transit option between these 2 points.This bus will then,during this post train period,provide 'last mile' service at certain times and at other times a less expensive mass transit option between the towns and villages of SW Dutchess.In addition to pasenger trains on the Beacon line and the LOOP route F bus,there would also be the Beacon and Fishkill shuttle buses providing even more options.

  When considering new routing in the Beacon Metro area,for the LOOP buses,I had realized Dutchess county had goten the Beacon RailLink bus all wrong.The new Beacon RailLink bus would provide trans Hudson service.A reverse of the UCAT LINK bus or the Tappen Zee Express bus. The Transit of Rockland (TOR) has had a trans Hudson rail link bus for over 25 years.It is now known as the Tappen Zee Express and is operated by Coach USA using the big comfy intercity coaches,or buses to the non road transit 'geek'.I had lived in Rockland county,first in Spring Valley and then Nyack,from 1986 to 1990.Back then this trans Hudson rail link bus was a special route regular TOR transit bus - the #57.In a regular transit bus with plastic seats,it was a very long ride to the Tarrytown station,Westchester county,and then to White Plains.One may wonder a bit about this latter.Why go all the way to White Plains? Well,that's because... (drum roll please ...) Westchester county does not have a east-west trans county rail line that links the Hudson line with the Harlem line like... (again drum roll please ...) Dutchess county.This bus could be used not only as a link to the New York city bound Metro North trains,but also for those who worked in Westchester but lived in Rockland,such as myself.I used this TOR trans Hudson bus to get to the White PLains Transportation Center (they had a TC long before Poughkeepsie) and then the Westchester Bee Line #12 to where I worked near the Westchester county airport.The rebranded,new TOR/Coach USA intercity buses,with the special TZX graphics,are a much nicer ride.After moving to Poughkeepsie,I had done the 'shoppers special' run from here to the 'super mall' in Rockland county - MNRR to Tarrytown - TZX to Nyack and the TOR #59 to the Palisades mall at the bus stop 100 feet away from the mall entrance. (it is recomended that you stay on the TZX to the village of Nyack and don't get off the TZX at the park-n-ride lot at the far corner of the 'super mall' parking lot like 1/2 mile away - realy it's that big)

  There was another unique road transit service,in a portion of Rockland county,I had become aquainted with,the Clarkstown 'mini trans' At the time the vehicles used were mini school buses.I had no way of knowing it at the time,that 20+ years latter I would be riding in such a vehicle again as a regular LOOP route bus.These mini trans buses would go to places away from the main highway that the big TOR transit buses did not go to.Without the mini trans,one would have to do a substantial amount of walking from the TOR bus stop on the highway to one's ultimate destination.This is what one often times is forced to do here in Dutchess county.I had thought of a mini trans shuttle bus for the town of Poughkeepsie,but the Beacon metro area would also be an excelent candidate for this type of transit service as well.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                     The BLT shuttle bus that was started during the summer of 2010 (I have no official confirmation if the BLT shuttle was in service in 2011 as well) would be the 'nucleus' for the new rebranded mini trans shuttle bus with actual mini transit bus vehicles.The new name should be one that is more encompassing of the area served - the Beacon Metro Transit? (BMT - an homage to the old NYC subway) or the Beacon Area Transit (BAT).A shared resource transit oriented alliance betwen the City of Beacon and the towns of Fishkill and East Fishkill to be (posibly) known as the South County Transit District? (SCTD) This TOA would operate the mini trans shuttle buses.There would be 2 different routes,a weekday route and a weekend route.The weekday route would provide 'last mile' service and be oriented toward getting people to places of employment.The weekend route would be oriented to the tourist and would go to places of interest.The weekend shuttle buses would provide front door service at the hotels in Fishkill.The 'locals' could use the mini trans to go shopping or take in a movie at the Fishkill'multiplex' cinema etc.

  During the interim pre train period,which could be quite a while,the 2 shuttle buses would both start at the Beacon Hudson line station.The second bus would be behind the first by 1/2 hour.They would operate continuously out and back on weekdays in the AM and PM peak hours,with perhaps only 1 bus during the mid-day.On weekends,Saturday and Sunday,both shuttle buses would operate in a continuous (sort of) figure eight loop seasonaly.In the Winter,a modified weekday route.Currently there are some very large time gaps between some of the LOOP route F runs.What if there were 2 BMT shuttle buses (and one day a train) during these gaps in LOOP service? Therefore,the BMT shuttle would operate between LOOP route F runs.

proposed new bus routes - route description

KEY:
CR = C ounty R oute
RNCT = R oute N ame C hanges T o
SR = S tate R oute
TCL = T raffic C ontrol L ight
DC = D utchess C ounty
PO = P ost O ffice

pre train = as is now - no rail passenger service on the Beacon line

post train= after resumption of rail passenger service on the Beacon line

Beacon RailLink route - pre train

AM Mo. - Fri.
MNRR Mo. - Fri. AM peak southbound trains to GCT
5:57 6:18 *6:33 6:42 *6:58 7:06 7:21 7:32 7:50 8:20

* special - see MNRR schedule

MAP

route description:
start from Dutchess Stadium

L SR 9D SOUTH
L Verplank Ave. C.O.B.
R Willow St.
L Main St.
continue on Main St. to new bus stop near 1869 Matteawan RR station
L Herbert St.
L Fishkill Ave. SR 52
RNCT Teller Ave.
R Wolcott SR 9D
L Beekman
L W. Main St.
into station complex and to bus shelter
discharge Dutchess county commuters and take on west bound passengers (if any)
then exit station onto Beekman
L Beekman
L SR 9D
L I84 WEST
exit 7A onto SR 300 SOUTH
L SR 17 EAST to Coach USA/Trailways bus terminal/park-n-ride
pick up Newburgh-Middletown area commuters
reverse route back across river to SR 9D SOUTH
R Beekman
R into station and to bus shelter
'dead-head' on SR 9D back to Dutchess Stadium and begin next loop

Beacon RailLink route - post train

AM Mo. - Fri.

MAP

route description:
start from Dutchess Stadium

L SR 9D SOUTH
L Main St.
QUICK RIGHT South St.
R Wolcott SR 9D
L Beekman St.
R into station and to bus shelter
discharge Dutchess county commuters
then exit station onto Beekman
L Beekman
L SR 9D
L I84 WEST
exit 7A onto SR 300 SOUTH
L SR 17 EAST to Coach USA/Trailways bus terminal/park-n-ride
pick up Newburgh-Middletown area commuters
reverse route back across river to SR 9D SOUTH
R Beekman
R into station and to bus shelter
'dead-head' on SR 9D back to Dutchess Stadium and begin next loop

BLT/BMT shuttle routes - pre train

weekdays - Mo.to Fri.
MNRR Mo. - Fri. AM peak northbound trains from GCT
8:05,8:40,9:05,10:11,11:10

MAP


start Hudson line station
exit to Beekman St.
L Beekman St.
R Wolcott SR 9D
L Main St.
R S. Chestnut
L Henry St.
Community Health/Hudson River Health Care
L Fishkill Ave. SR52
R Main St.
to new bus stop location (at future transit village)
transfer from (or to DC LOOP)
L Herbert
R Fishkill Ave. SR52
stops along hwy.
* Hudson Baylor - Mechtronics other side of hwy.
(future ped hwy overpass and train station? BEACON EAST? for general public or just for employees?)
R Old Glenham Rd.
past old Texaco admin bldg. - future stop?
stop at Glenham P.O. at Maple St. (if still open)
continue on Old Glenham Rd.
stops at apartments/townhouses
continue to SR 52
R Main St. SR 52
townhouses - hotel
through village of Fishkill
stop at Blodgett Rd. - CVS plaza (future transit hub and park-n-ride lot)
R US rt. 9 SOUTH
R Merrit Blvd.
loop through complex past Walmart - past condos and hotel also Wingate and Westage etc. etc.
exit back out to US rt. 9
CROSS hwy. at TCL
continue on Merrit Blvd.
stop at Gap distribution center and other stops
R SR 52 EAST (Brinckerhoff - future train station)
R entrance West Campus Hudson Valley Research Park - Linuo
back out to hwy.
R SR 52 EAST
R entrance East Campus HVRP - IBM
back out to hwy.
{reverse route back to Beacon and Hudson line station}
L SR 52 WEST
L Merrit Blvd.
CROSS US rt. 9
Walmart etc. back out to US rt. 9 NORTH
L SR 52 WEST
L Old Glenham Rd.
L SR 52 WEST
in Beacon RNCT Fishkill Ave.
CROSS Main St.
R Henry St.
R S. Chestnut
L Main St.
R SR 9D
L Beekman
R into station and to bus shelter

post train:
this route would be split into 2 loops - Beacon and Fishkill.The Fishkill shuttle loop would start from the transit hub at the end of Blodget Rd. and would go out to the Hudson Valley Research Park and back as with the pre train route,but going to the Brinckerhoff station first before the HVRP.The revised LOOP route F would serve the apartments/townhouses on Old Glenham Rd. to bring people to either the Fishkill station or the Glenham station - the Beacon shuttle loop would start from the transit hub at the downtown Beacon Matteawan station transit village. If there is a Beacon East station betwen Matteawan and the Glenham station,the Beacon shuttle would do a short loop through the city of Beacon,otherwise the shuttle would go along SR 52 as per the pre train route to OLd Glenham Rd. and left on Red Schoolhouse Rd. for turn around and left on SR 52 WEST back to downtown Beacon.

BEACON SHORT LOOP MAP

weekends - Sat. and Sun.
MNRR weekend AM northbound trains from GCT
B8:10,B9:10,10:10,11:10,12:10

B = 15 bicycles allowed on this train note:permit required

MAP

start Hudson line station
exit to Beekman St.
R Beekman St.
R entrance to * Dia
stop at entrance
back out to Beekman
R Wolcott Ave. SR 9D
L South Ave.
R Main St.
* Beacon Theater
* Howland Cultural Center
* 1869 Matteawan RR station
STRAIGHT ONTO CHURCHILL
R Spring Valley St.
L SR 9D
L Howland Ave.
* Mt. Beacon
L East Main St.
R Leonard St.
{note: one way streets in this area - may have to go on different street in opposite direction}
* Roundhouse
onto Grove St.
L Washington Ave.

* route deviation on demand for Hudson Highlands Fishkill Ridge area hikers *
R Old Town Rd. - Glenham/Beacon Hills
R Sunnyside St. to trail head
back out to Old Town Rd. and Washington Ave. - RIGHT TO RESUME ROUTE
CROSS RR - (future Glenham station)
RNCT Maple Ave.
R Old Glenham Rd.
* stop Glenham P.O. (if still open)
R SR 52 Main St. - Fishkill
townhomes - hotel
R > enter I 84 EAST at exit 12
TO EXIT 13 - exit US rt. 9 SOUTH
R entrance Dutchess Mall
stop at front
back out to US rt. 9 NORTH

* HOTELS *

front door service
Ramada Inn - do loop back out to hwy.
R Schuyer Blvd.
Holiday Inn Express
Days Inn-Residence Inn
back out to hwy.

CROSS US rt. 9 at TCL
onto Westage Dr.
L to Regal Cinema
back out to main road
L W. Meritt Blvd.
Hotel Siera - entrance
back out to W.Meritt
R around Sam's Club
*Toll Brothers - The Regency at Fishkill Condos
to Walmart
loop around back to intersection at condos
L W.Meritt Blvd
to US rt. 9 at TCL
L US rt. 9 NORTH
L Main St. SR 52 WEST through village of Fishkill
stops on demand in village
under I 84
* Quality Inn - front door svc. back out to hwy.
R SR 52
{reverse route back to Beacon and Hudson line station}
L Old Glenham Rd.
L Maple St.
* trail stop by demand *
CROSS RR
RNCT Washington Ave.
R Grove St.
onto Leonard
* Roundhouse
L E.Main St.
R Howland Ave.
* Mt. Beacon
R Wolcott Ave. SR 9D
R Spring Valley St.
L Churchill
* 1869 Matteawan station
* Howland Cultural Center
onto Main St.
* Beacon Theatre
L South Ave.
R Wolcott Ave. SR 9D
L Beekman
L into Dia and back out
L Beekman and L into station to bus shelter


post train:
As with the weekday route,this route would also be split into 2 loops - Beacon and Fishkill. The Beacon shuttle loop would start from the transit hub at the downtown Beacon Matteawan station transit village and do a relatively short loop in Beacon.After Dia instead of going to the Hudson line station would go back to the transit hub via Main St.

The Fishkill loop would start from the transit hub at the end of Blodgett Rd.The Fishkill loop would be more of a figure eight route.The pre-train outbound route from Beacon,I84 and US rt 9 etc., would be first.Then the pre-train return route through the village of Fishkill on Main St. - SR 52,except would go back to the transit hub and back out to continue west onto Old Glenham Rd. and to the Glenham station where the shuttle bus would turn around.On demand,the bus would go into a
bit of the Beacon Hills sub-division to the Fishkill Ridge trail head.


post train Beacon loop MAP

post train Fishkill loop MAP

  The revised LOOP route F,from Beacon to Hopewell Jct,would start from the new stop in Beacon near the 1869 Matteawan station.The new route would exit Beacon via Fishkill Ave. - SR 52 and then onto Old Glenham Rd. to serve the village of Glenham and then back onto SR 52 - Main St. in the village of Fishkill.During the pre train period the stops in Fishkill and Hopewell Jct. would be the same,the CVS and in front of the A&P respectfuly.During the post train period the bus would go down Blodgett Rd.,in the village,to the transit hub,and in Hopewell Jct. the bus would stop behind the A&Pat the existing pedestrian crossing to the paved path leading to the station platform.

revised LOOP route F MAP

revised LOOP route F post train Hopewell Jct. stop DETAIL MAP

  During the pre train period,the LOOP B upon entering the city of Beacon on SR 9D,would stop at the Hudson line station first and then go along Main St. to the new bus stop.Post train the route B would continue on SR 9D Wolcott Ave.,then Teller Ave SR 52 onto Main St.and to the transit hub stop at the Matteawan Station transit village.

revised LOOP route B - Beacon MAP  (pre train)

revised LOOP route B - Beacon MAP (post train)

 

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chapter 6

 

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Comment by Kevin Newman on January 20, 2012 at 2:54pm

new bus routes - LOOP and BLT/BMT

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