As reported last month, New Rochelle has joined and taken a lead role in a bi-state regional planning and sustainability coalition that stretches from New Haven to New York City and Long Island. This effort has already borne fruit in the form of a $3.5 million grant award from the federal Department of Housing & Urban Development that will help the member communities analyze various individual challenges related to regional development.

New Rochelle’s (relatively small) share of the funding will be employed to examine access to our transit center, with the goal of enhancing connectivity to the surrounding area, especially for pedestrians. Our train and bus station is a significant local asset, but its full potential is unrealized. Establishing more reliable and safer access to the transit center will buttress our overall economic development efforts and improve the functionality of a heavily-used public facility.