YONKERS, N.Y. - Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is calling on the MTA to relocate its bus garage that stretches across several acres of real estate on the Yonkers waterfront.
Spano has formally called on New York City to relocate the MTA bus garage, which is currently located on Alexander Street and Babcock Place, occupying nearly four acres of “prime real estate,” on the waterfront, the mayor said.
According to Spano, the MTA operates the bus garage yards away from the Yonkers shoreline in the single most valuable stretch of the Yonkers waterfront. Eighty buses are fueled, maintained and rest on the site and only serve New York City-based routes.
During the past five years, Spano said that New York City and the MTA have refused to have meaningful discussions with Yonkers officials about the relocation of its bus garage to any location other than where it lies today. As a result, the City of Yonkers, acting through its Industrial Development Agency, was forced to file a condemnation petition earlier this year seeking ownership of the underlying property on which the bus garage sits.
"My message is clear to New York City: stop taking Yonkers taxpayers for a ride,” Spano stated. “For over 20 years, New York City has housed its MTA bus lot on our pristine waterfront without any benefit to our city and without any effort to work with us - it's time to give Yonkers back its waterfront."
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