Tag: Randall’s Island Connector

Free Shuttle Bus Now Available To Take You To The Randall’s Island Connector!

Now that the Randall’s Island Connector opened last fall, getting to the island’s 330 acres and waterfront access just became even easier for Bronxites.

This past Saturday, thanks to New York Restoration Project’s ‘The Haven Project’ for a greener, and more pedestrian friendly Mott Haven and Port Morris, a free shuttle service launched to get folks over to the island.

Randall’s Island Connector is Officially Open Providing a Direct, Safe, & Easy Access to 330 Acres of Parkland to The Bronx

The Bronx may be the greenest borough, with almost 25% of its land dedicated to parks, but residents in The South Bronx do not have equitable access to green spaces. Now that The Randall’s Island Connector—after 2 decades of wrangling with city agencies and community advocacy groups—area residents and the rest of the borough have access to an additional 330 acres of parkland.

The $6 million connector, which only stretches for a quarter mile under the Amtrak line from 132nd Street to Bronx Kill, is now paved with bike and pedestrian lanes so that Bronxites can enjoy the wide open spaces which Randall’s Island provides along with the many playing fields.

Dozens Take Part In Sneak Peak Tour of The New Randall’s Island Connector in The South Bronx

Dozens of people from all over The Bronx and the city came out today for a sneak peak tour of the new Randall’s Island Connector which will connect our borough to the 432 island park. Once the connector is completed by Summer 2015 it will provide Bronx residents with walking access onto the island which currently is only accessible from the Bronx by car via the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (Triboro Bridge) or via Manhattan through East Harlem. This, of course, is ironic considering that The Bronx is closer to the island and only separated by 30 feet at the narrowest point by the Bronx Kill — during low-tide you can walk from The Bronx to Randall’s Island.