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$4 Billion Later, the New Tappan Bridge More Crowded Than Ever

Traffic data shows more and more cars and trucks using the new Tappan Zee Bridge in 2019, in what looks like an obvious case of induced demand.
January 2, 2020, 6am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"About 108,000 more cars and trucks passed over the new Tappan Zee Bridge in September than did when the bridge first opened in September 2018, a 5% increase," report Joseph Spector and Thomas C. Zambito.

The New York State Thruway Authority produced the traffic data, which also found a significant jump in the amount of truck traffic on the bridge—13 percent more year over year.

"So while the new bridge is a smooth ride with four lanes over two spans and offers a majestic view of the Hudson River between Westchester and Rockland counties, it hasn’t alleviated traffic in one of the busiest stretches in the metropolitan area," according to the article.

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Published on Sunday, December 22, 2019 in Times Herald-Record
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