The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council is pleased to announce the Route 59 Area Transportation & Land Use Study.WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), is pleased to announce the Route 59 Area Transportation & Land Use Study. The Route 59 Study is made possible through federal funds and a partnership between NYMTC, the New York State Department of Transportation, Rockland County, the Town of Ramapo, and the Villages of Airmont and Spring Valley.
As growth in both population and economic development in the area have greatly increased, so have rush hour travel and congestion, creating a need to plan for improvements. The Route 59 Study will consider conditions and make suggestions for improvements in four focal communities along the Study Area.
NYMTC invites those who use Route 59, those who live in and around the corridor, property, business owners, community groups, elected officials, and other organizations to cooperatively develop the future vision of Route 59, through four community planning workshops. Would you like to see improvements like bike lanes, sidewalks, trees and other landscaping? What do you envision as the desired future for this roadway and its surrounding area? We want to hear from you.
Reports & Summaries
The Route 59 Area Transportation & Land Use Study identified and evaluated transportation and development issues and future improvement recommendations in the 4.5-mile stretch of Route 59 that runs from Airmont Road in the Village of Airmont east through the hamlet of Monsey and Town of Ramapo to South Pascack Road in the Village of Spring Valley. Throughout the study, public input was gathered to identify issues and develop recommendations to shape the corridor into a safer, more pedestrian friendly environment with increased efficiency for vehicular traffic, emergency responders, and transit through the corridor.
Draft Report & Executive Summaries
(English, Spanish, Yiddish, French-Creole)
The Study Team has collected valuable information from individuals and communities across the Study Area and compiled them into a draft Report for the Route 59 Area Transportation & Land Use Study. The draft Final Report makes recommendations in the following areas:
- Community Design/Process: Land use and zoning approaches to encourage fewer automotive trips and reduce congestion.
- Roadway: Physical improvements that would reduce congestion and accommodate multiple modes.
- Bicycle/Pedestrian: Temporary and permanent infrastructure improvements to enhance pedestrian safety.
- Transit: Transit service and amenities to improve the passenger experience.
NYMTC had originally planned to hold public review meetings in March. However, due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and concern for public health, NYMTC will schedule the public review workshops when it is deemed safe to do so. At that time, additional information will be provided regarding the time and location of the meetings.
The draft Final Report and an Executive Summary of findings in English, Spanish, French-Creole, and Yiddish are available below for download.
The area surrounding Route 59 includes a mix of land uses, with large retail centers as well as commercial and residential sites and a significant pedestrian presence. The travel markets that move within and through the area are complex, being a mixture of regional and local person and goods movement and modes including truck, bus, car, pedestrian and bicycle. The Route 59 Area Transportation & Land Use Study will identify and evaluate transportation and development issues and future scenarios in the Route 59 corridor.
Community Planning Workshops
Your voice counts! Four community planning workshops were held across the Study Area. Each workshop generated your ideas for improvement to the Study Area. Additionally, the Route 59 Study team hosted pop-up booths at community events across the Study Area to solicit your valuable input and ideas.
Thanks to your valuable participation at these meetings, we identified key issues through interviews, community outreach, and the previous public workshops. Please watch for future announcements of public meetings that may be held to review and discuss the draft Report and Executive Summary.
Check back for additional information.
Community Planning Workshop Overview
Community Planning Workshop #1 – Existing Conditions
Community Planning Workshop #2 – Focal Areas
Community Planning Workshop #3 – Community Visioning
About the Process
The Route 59 Area Transportation & Land Use Study will provide a framework for possible future development and the Study will be completed over 15-18 months. Divided into three phases, the Study will run from March 2019 with the goal of having a final draft report ready in the Spring of 2020. There will be opportunities for community input and comment at each milestone.
January – August 2019
Your input is not only important, but vital to the planning process. To generate as much public comment and participation in the Route 59 Study as possible, the Study team will host a series of four Community Planning Workshops held across the Study Area, and a series of four community pop-up booths at local events. The Study Team will also work one-on-one with community leaders, elected officials, and members of the general public to generate improvement ideas that can be integrated into the Draft Study Report.
Draft Study Report
A Draft Study Report formalizes the ideas and recommendations by NYMTC, the Study team, and others that were generated during public meetings, community planning workshops, and during other meetings with residents, community leaders, and local organizations. Since this is a draft, the community will be able to continue to review and comment on the Draft Study Report prior to moving to the Final Draft stage of the Study.
Final Study Report
The Final Study Report will be published and made available to the general public, local community, and stakeholders. The final report will provide a foundation for the future development of the Study Area by NYSDOT, the Town of Ramapo, and Villages of Airmont and Spring Valley.
Join the Conversation
The Route 59 Area Transportation & Land Use Study.
NYMTC is creating the Route 59 Area Transportation & Land Use Study and we need your help! We invite you to join the conversation and help guide the future of planning, land use, and traffic improvements along the Study corridor.
What is the Future of
Your input is essential! There are several ways to share your valuable thoughts and ideas that will help shape the future of the Route 59 corridor:
Please check back soon for our upcoming meetings that will be held to discuss and gather comments on the draft Final Report for the Route 59 Area Transportation & Land Use Study.
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and federal Limited English Proficiency guidelines. If you need accommodation to participate in these meetings, or translation services into Spanish, French-Creole, Yiddish, or American Sign Language, please contact Andrea.Miles-Cole@dot.ny.gov at least 72 HOURS PRIOR TO THE MEETING.
You can email any questions or
comments on the Study, the area, or the process. We look forward to hearing your welcomed ideas to help improve the corridor. Email us at Comments@Route59Study.org.
Use the U.S. Postal Service to mail any questions or comments on the Study, the area, or process to:
New York Metropolitan Transportation Council – Mid-Hudson South TCC
Route 59 Area Transportation & Land Use Study
Attn: Ali Mohseni
4 Burnett Boulevard
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603