No traffic calming and lack of transit oriented design. 7000 parking spaces proposed for Alexandar street waterfront .

There is no long term plans to add additional public transportation to serve this new community of over 10,000 people within a square mile. Metro north serves the waterfront only. Many of the east west streets near Alexander Master plan are correctly named terraces, they are narrow and very windy and hilly. A full size bus could not navigate them in their current configuration. The traffic generated by these plans will gridlock the neighborhoods. The DGEIS plan calls for the building of an additional 7000 private parking spaces next to the waterfront and train stations. This is 150% larger than Yonkers Raceway . Contrary to the political talking heads, spin that Westchester has great bus service and will change their lines to accommodate the residents, the bus service and public transit in Yonkers is severely lacking. The Yonkers train station is the Main transit hub and only a few buses go by there. Majority of the Yonkers buses used to stop there, it was deemed unsightly to have buses waiting near the train station. Now the train patrons have to walk blocks to get their proper bus. I noticed at the Riverdale station there is always a bus waiting at the station to ferry the commuters from each train. There should be an in place shuttle system between all these Yonkers developments from the Yonkers City Pier, Gateway(chicken island), Alexander street and Ridge Hill to reduce the need for cars and the vehicle impacts on the neighborhoods.

The shuttle should be in place now for the Larkin library patrons and other waterfront users, including the Xavier and Pierview restaurant users. The current practice of using public esplanade park space for these restaurants private parking and valet service is wrong on all accounts. Start a shuttle now to the waterfront, the cars should not be proceeding west of the railroad bridge. The current design of the scrimshaw houses that allows a driveway to go through public parkland is very wrong. Every year at Yonkers Riverfest this design error is magnified, people are enjoying themselves in what is supposed to be a pedestrian plaza/public space on the waterfront and the scrimshaw residents are driving though the festival, this is perilous to pedestrians and poor design.


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