Westchester County’s more than 50,000 commuters coping with the NYC transit strike need to do some extra planning if they want to get the most out preparations the county has made for the strike.
The seven Park and Ride lots set up by the county to help with carpooling accommodated about 60 cars today, but can hold many more. Westchester Transportation Commissioner Lawrence Sally said that carpoolers should call MetroPool at 1-800-FIND-RIDE to set up ride sharing groups in advance.
“It’s unlikely that people are going to find suitable carpooling partners by just showing up at the Park and Ride lots,” said Salley. “Carpooling is a good alternative, but preparations have to be made for it to work.”
Salley said that carpooling is a better alternative than taking the BxM4C bus that runs down Central Avenue in Westchester into Manhattan. The buses were filled to capacity this morning and many passengers, especially those south of the Tuckahoe Road bus stop, were not able to board the buses. The buses were also running up to 60 minutes behind schedule due to traffic back-ups caused by police check points in Manhattan.
To keep informed of the latest developments affecting Westchester commuters, Salley encouraged the public to sign up for the county’s Quick News Transportation e-mail bulletins by visiting the county’s website at www.westchestergov.com and clicking on “subscribe.”
The 1,448 residents who now subscribe to Westchester County’s Quick News transportation email newsletter service received an e-mail at 3:43 a.m. alerting them that the strike was on and that Bee-Line bus system was in operation.
“They were probably some of the first people to get news of the strike, whether they were awake or asleep at the time,” said Salley. “We updated our website before 4 a.m. and recorded the strike announcement on our 813-777 Bee-Line System information line.”
Salley said that callers who flooded the Bee-Line hotline this morning to find out if the MTA was on strike could have been served better by Quick News. The information center opened an hour earlier at 6 a.m. and staffing was doubled to deal with the heavy volume of calls.
Commuters who need to form carpool groups should call MetroPool at 1-800-FIND-RIDE and plan to meet at one of the seven park-and-ride lots: