The governor's Mass Transit Task Force is recommending an expansion of the bus-rapid-transit network in New York's Lower Hudson Valley to support the new Tappan Zee Bridge.
The Journal News reports the plan addresses the fact that commuters travel locally more than they travel to Manhattan.
The proposal estimates the new bus service and bridge will lead to travel times 25 percent faster on local roads and 20 percent faster on Interstate 287.
The four-lane bridge will have an express bus/emergency access lane.
The report says commuter or light rail could benefit the region if the population grows and demand warrants. The bridge, which opens in 2018, will be equipped for that option.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.