Commuters have mixed reactions to new Tappan Zee plans

There are mixed reactions among commuters to developers' latest Tappan Zee Bridge proposals. Transportation officials have revealed several designs in the works, some of which include a pair of four-lane spans with wider shoulders, and bicycle and walking paths. They also call for the spans to be separated by a gap that could fit a commuter rail line. Some residents say they are happy with the new look, but are worried about the price tag. "We just don't have the money," says Angel Garcia, of Nyack. "We, the middle class, are the ones who are going to have to bear the burden of this." Officials have designated a $5.2 billion budget for the bridge, and the final plans will not be approved until Aug. 2012. Another public meeting will be held tomorrow at the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack.

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