|Issue 148||October 24, 1997|
The project fits no one's regional plan, especially not the Westchester Planning Dept.'s "Patterns" plan to focus investment in existing centers and developed corridors, nor the NYC watershed agreement. The project may save car commuters a few minutes after it is first built, but it is likely that it will also spur more development and attract traffic because it will ease access to Westchester Airport. This could, in turn, encourage airport expansion, which surrounding communities strongly oppose. Development and wetlands destruction along the Kensico, the last stop before NYC in the reservoir system, also bodes poorly for city water quality. Local and county environmental activists say NYSDOT has dismissed comments critical of the project. They may look to New York City to add weight to their case.