Early speculation that an extensive bus rapid transit system will be in place when the new bridge opens in 2018 proved correct, according to a prematurely-released Executive Summary by the Mass Transit Task Force.
“I have been swamped with emails and phone calls from Pete Seeger fans who are excited about the possibility of naming the Tappan Zee Bridge for Pete Seeger,” Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said. Feiner has been leading an effort to have the new bridge named for the famous folk singer who died at age 94 late last month.
Among the many social causes Seeger promoted was the cleanup of the Hudson River, and he was the driving force behind the building of the Clearwater Sloop, a symbol of his environmental pursuits. “If the Tappan Zee Bridge is named for Pete Seeger, we will honor a man who led the fight for a cleaner river,” the supervisor added. Feiner said he is “writing to the Governor and members of the New York State Legislature and will urge them to consider naming the new Tappan Zee Bridge in honor and in memory of Pete Seeger.”