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MTA Conducting Traffic Study of Overcrowded North Salem Commuter Lots

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is studying traffic and overcrowding at the Purdys (pictured) and the Croton Falls commuter parking lots. A report on the study's finding is expected by next March.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is studying traffic and overcrowding at the Purdys (pictured) and the Croton Falls commuter parking lots. A report on the study's finding is expected by next March. Photo Credit: File

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is studying traffic in and around its commuter lots in North Salem in the hopes of finding a solution to overcrowding, according to MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan.

The authority hired Simco Engineering, New York City-based transportation consultants, to conduct the study, Donovan said.

The data-gathering phase of the study was conducted on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22.

According to Donovan, Simco looked at traffic flow, vehicle speeds and turning movements among other things at the Purdys lot on Titicus Road (Route 116) and the Croton Falls lot on Route 202.

There are 407 parking spaces at the Purdys lot and 319 at Croton Falls, Donovan said.

Both lots attract more users than there are spaces to accommodate them, Donovan said, and as a result drivers are parking on the shoulders of surrounding roads – creating potentially hazardous traffic situations.

The MTA expects to issue a report on its findings by next March, Donovan said, adding that it will take longer to formulate and implement an actual solution to the overcrowding problem.

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