Yonkers mayor calls on NYC officials to move MTA bus garage from city's waterfront

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Yonkers officials are calling on New York City to back a longtime push for the MTA to relocate its bus garage away from the Yonkers waterfront.

A portion of Alexander Street and Babcock Place can be quite a busy path for MTA buses that are not used in the area. About 80 of the buses head to and from New York City from the garage.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano wants to see the garage gone.

"This parcel is actually sitting right in the middle of where the street would be. That would allow for an additional $2 billion in economic development that is poised and ready to go if it wasn't for that bus garage," says Spano.

Officials say that not only is the garage taking up some of the most valuable waterfront real estate in the area, they also say it hasn't paid property taxes in 20+ years it has been located there.

New York City owns the 4-acre parcel and leases it to the MTA.

The MTA says a substantial amount of time and expenses would be needed in order to relocate without impacting the buses' ridership.

In a letter to Mayor Spano, the MTA says it looks forward to talk about a thoughtful and workable solution that puts its customers first.

 

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