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
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.
Beacon RailLink route - post train
AM Mo. - Fri.
BLT/BMT shuttle routes - pre train
weekdays - Mo.to Fri.
weekends - Sat. and Sun.
* HOTELS *
front door service
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
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.
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.