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NY Environmental Group Objects to Tappan Zee Plan

NY Environmental Group Objects to Tappan Zee Plan

NY Environmental Group Objects to Tappan Zee Plan Lincoln Adams, flickr

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Riverkeeper wants mass transit, other ideas explored.

The environmental group Riverkeeper is asking New York State to reconsider its plan for a new Tappan  Zee Bridge.

Riverkeeper says the bridge would damage the Hudson River's ecosystem. It also says the bridge will be immediately obsolete because it will not include mass transit.

Officials have said the $5.2 billion bridge will be built in a way that mass transit can be added in the future.

Riverkeeper says the state should look again at the mass transit possibilities. It also wants the state to consider alternatives it has already dismissed. Those include rehabilitating the current bridge or building a tunnel instead of a bridge.

A spokesman for the state Thruway Authority, which is leading the project, says the agency may comment later.