If you build it, they will ride! In recent days there has been much talk about a proposed replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge. I am pleased to see that the debate includes the discussion of a rail link. I am shocked to hear that estimated ridership might not justify such a venture. Consider this: If a rail link were to siphon off just five percent of the twenty-three million cars that cross the bridge each year ridership would exceed that of the Port Jervis line!
A heavy rail line should be constructed from Suffern to Port Chester, connecting to all intermediate lines, even if no other bridge work is done. This would unify the entire Metro North system and widen its focus. Employers in Westchester and Rockland Counties should be required to provide van service to and from their nearest Metro North station. This would guarantee ridership.