FAQ

The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge connects Westchester and Rockland counties in New York, approximately 20 miles north of Manhattan. The three-mile span crosses the Hudson River at one of its widest points, serving as a vital artery for Hudson Valley residents, commuters, travelers and commercial traffic. The cable-stayed crossing, which replaced the 62-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge, fully opened to traffic in 2018. Carrying more than 50 million vehicles each year, the twin-span bridge is a key part of the New York State Thruway Authority’s 570-mile superhighway system. Each span features four general traffic lanes, emergency shoulders and a dedicated bus lane on the New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287).

Yes! Bicyclists and pedestrians can enjoy a 12-foot-wide shared use path on the northern side of the westbound span, connecting the villages of Tarrytown in Westchester County and South Nyack in Rockland County. The 3.6-mile path features six scenic overlooks at regular intervals, public art, visitor parking, restrooms and other amenities at each landing.  Information on how to access the path can be found on the Visitor Info page.

With its signature blue overlay, the 12-foot wide shared use path extends 3.6 miles from its Westchester Landing in the village of Tarrytown, across one of the widest points of the Hudson River, to its Rockland Landing in the village of South Nyack.

 

Located on the northern side of the bridge’s westbound span, you’ll encounter six scenic overlooks, digital kiosks, interpretive signage and 10 works of public art. Visitor parking, food, restrooms, bicycle repair stations and other amenities, along with connectivity to local bike and pedestrian networks, are also available at both landings.

The New York State Thruway Authority has put safety protocols in place to limit the potential spread of COVID-19. To ensure the safety of all path users, visitors should keep six feet apart from others. When social distancing cannot be maintained, wear a face covering on the path and in the restrooms. We’ve also placed anti-microbial film on our digital kiosks. These are the same protections used in hospitals. Physical and digital signs will be posted to remind visitors of their shared responsibilities during this time.

Simply put, users must share the 12-foot-wide path. There are designated lanes for pedestrians and cyclists traveling in both directions to ensure safety. There also is a 15-mph speed limit for cyclists, who must always yield to pedestrians. 

The path is free and open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The path may temporarily close due to inclement weather, maintenance operations or security concerns.

 

For the latest information about the the path, visit this website or our Twitter account.

Free parking is available at both landings and is limited to four hours.

 

The Westchester Landing is located at 333 South Broadway in Tarrytown and has 30 spaces available during weekdays. An additional 100 spaces are available after 4 p.m. on weekdays, along with all day on weekends and holidays. The Rockland Landing is located at 1200 Route 9W in South Nyack and features 57 parking spaces. Parking at private properties near the landings is prohibited and may result in vehicles being towed.

 

Check our Twitter account for updates and consider visiting during off-peak hours, such as weekdays. To make it easier to get here, we’ve partnered with the New York State Department of Transportation to offer free weekend bus shuttles via its Hudson Link service until November 1. We strongly encourage visitors to take mass transit to the path.

Hudson Link, which serves the Interstate 87/287 corridor, is providing free weekend shuttle service from large commuter parking lots in Rockland and Westchester until November 1. The path shuttle stops near the path’s landings in both Tarrytown and South Nyack, and operates from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.

 

The path shuttle runs a loop every 20 minutes, beginning at the Palisades Center Lot J Commuter Parking Facility in West Nyack in Rockland, stopping in South Nyack near a path entrance, crossing the bridge in a dedicated bus lane, stopping on Route 119 in Tarrytown near the path’s Westchester Landing and continuing to Metro-North Railroad’s Tarrytown station.

 

A map, schedule and details are available on Hudson Link’s website.

 

As part of its COVID-19 response, Hudson Link is taking the following precautions:

  • All passengers are required to wear face masks.
  • Maximum occupancy is 25 people.
  • All passengers are asked to sit six feet away from each other while on the bus. 
  • Hand sanitizing units are installed on all its buses.
  • All operators wear face masks, gloves and use hand sanitizer.
  • CDC approved industrial sanitizers are used nightly to clean each bus.

It takes about 80 minutes to walk the length of the path. Be sure to factor in your return trip. If you’re on a bike, it’ll take approximately 20 minutes to go from end to end. 

 

Although the path features dedicated lanes for pedestrians and cyclists traveling in both directions to ensure safety, use common sense and respect others.

Yes, per state law, Class 1 and Class 2 bicycles with electric assist may be used on the path by those 16 years of age and older. E-bike users must obey the path’s 15 mph speed limit (5 mph at the overlooks) and yield to pedestrians.

The six overlooks on the path offer seating and limited shade. They are each approximately a half mile apart. Wind, rain, sun and temperatures all feel more intense over the water. Please dress accordingly.

Restrooms are located on either side of the bridge, at the Westchester Landing and Rockland Landing. There are no restrooms on the path itself, so please plan ahead.

Sorry, pets are not permitted on the path. Only service animals are allowed.

Yes! As part of a pilot program, we’re working with local merchants to offer a variety of food options at both landings, along with e-bike rentals.

 

Three food trucks – Anthi’s Greek Specialties, Westchester Burger Company and Graziella’s Italian Kitchen – will serve both the Westchester and Rockland landings on a rotating basis, seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

At the Westchester Landing, Double Barrel Roasters will be on site serving hot and cold coffee, specialty drinks, and scooped ices daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., while Sleek E-Bikes will offer electric bike rentals from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer.

 

At the Rockland Landing, Teagevity will offer organic tea and cold-brewed coffee from 9 a.m. to dusk, Thursdays to Sundays.

 

Please note the schedule is weather permitting and subject to change.

You should keep the following in mind:

  • Wind, rain, sun, and temperatures all feel more intense out over the water, so dress accordingly. Know your limits and take care of yourself.
  • Water fountains are available at both landings, not on the path itself.
  • You may feel the bridge vibrate; this is normal.
  • If you need assistance, use the blue light phones along the path.

Safety on the path is our top priority. During severe weather, we utilize real-time National Weather Service forecasts and on-the-ground observations to determine whether a temporary safety closure is needed. Other Similar facilities in our region, including the Walkway Over the Hudson and the George Washington Bridge sidewalk, also close during severe or inclement weather.

 

To date, we have temporarily closed the path a handful of times due to storms featuring lightning and strong winds in the vicinity of the bridge. After the storms passed, we promptly reopened the path.

 

If you plan to visit the path, please check the forecast before you arrive and plan accordingly. We communicate temporary closures on the path itself via electronic signage and through our staff. Follow our Twitter account for real-time updates or check the path status on this website’s home page. And for those path patrons who would like to cross the bridge as soon as possible, Hudson Link buses provide service across the bridge from both landings. All Hudson Link buses are equipped with bike racks.

New York State Police are responsible for patrolling the path. The path is also under 24-hour video surveillance and monitored by the Thruway Authority’s bridge security team. Use the phones with the blue lights along the path to speak to someone in case of an emergency or if you need assistance.

The side path is a spur off the path in South Nyack. Cyclists and pedestrians can use it to travel to downtown Nyack or points south, including New Jersey and New York City. The side path terminates at the corner of South Franklin Street and Clinton Avenue, and is a short distance from State Bike Route 9.

You can catch a Hudson Link bus. There’s a stop on South Broadway, just outside of the Westchester Landing in Tarrytown. In Rockland, take the side path to the end and make a left to find the bus stop on South Franklin Street Extension in South Nyack.

 

And remember, Fridays through Sundays during the summer, Hudson Link will operate a free shuttle, running a loop every 20 minutes.

There are actually two free audio tours, one for walkers and one for cyclists.

 

The mobile tours include stories that cover a wide range of topics from information about bridge construction to local history, from the Hudson Valley’s connection to art to the Hudson River and its magnificent surroundings. Travelers will be able to safely access the stories hands-free on their mobile devices while walking or cycling the path.

 

We partnered with Historic Hudson River Towns, a non-profit consortium of riverfront municipalities, and TravelStorys to develop the audio tours. Download the TravelStorys app for free to listen to the self-guided path tours and enjoy!

One of the path’s unique amenities is the vast array of public art on display both of its landings. Visitors will encounter five unique sculptures, a 4,000-square-foot mural in Rockland and a custom-designed bike rack referencing the Palisades and New York City skyline. Details about each art commission is available on this website and in this video.

 

The Thruway Authority partnered with ArtsWestchester and the Arts Council of Rockland on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Public Art Program. The 10 commissions were awarded to eight New York State artists. 

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Please be aware of your surroundings at all times. The New York State Thruway Authority has a maintenance dock located along the north side of the bridge at its western shore in Rockland County.

 

Boaters must keep at least 25 yards away from any bridge pier or structure, and are prohibited from tying off to any part of the bridge or Thruway dock.

 

Additionally, boaters traveling near the bridge are advised to:

  • Pass slowly under the bridge;
  • Watch for maintenance activities and equipment; 
  • Not stop or anchor below or near the bridge or Thruway dock; 
  • Report all suspicious activity to the Coast Guard or the proper authorities.

 
For more information, the New York State Boaters Guide is available here.
 

Anyone flying a drone is responsible for flying within Federal Aviation Administration guidelines and regulations. FAA guidelines prohibit drones from being flown over any person or moving vehicle.  Additional guidance for drone flyers can be found on the FAA website.
 

The images come from a variety of sources and many include photo credits. A select list is also available here.