Transit Alternatives to the Tappan Zee Bridge

After a crane collapse closed all lanes of traffic on the Tappan Zee Bridge Tuesday afternoon, a number of travel alternatives were released for commuters and others who travel the span every day.

Customers who transfer to the Tappan Zee Express bus service from Metro North trains are encouraged to stay on Hudson Line trains until Ossining, where they can transfer to the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry.

A shuttle bus from the Haverstraw Ferry landing will bring customers to the Palisades Center Park and Ride, Palisades Center Stores, Nanuet, Spring, Valley, Airmont and Suffern, according to the bus system’s website.

Tappan Zee Express customers who need service to the Nyacks should transfer to the Transport of Rockland bus number 59 at the Palisades Center Stores, the company advises.

And customers who live in White Plains are advised to ride the number 13 BeeLine bus from TransCenter to Ossining, where they can connect with the ferry to Haverstraw.  

The Metro North-operated ferries will cross-honor Tappen Zee Express bus tickets for the remainder of the day, the MTA said in a statement.  

For drivers, the New York State Thruway Authority has issued a traffic detour for all drivers traveling on I-87/I-287.

Drivers going south are being diverted off exit 12 and northbound motorists are being diverted off at exit 8, the New York Thruway Authority said in a statement. 

Motorists can use the George Washington Bridge to cross the Hudson River south of the Tappan Zee and the Bear Mountain Bridge to cross the river to the north. 

Planned closure of the lower-level lanes on the George Washington Bridge Tuesday night was suspended to alleviate traffic, the Port Authority said in a statement. 

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