East End now has Sunday bus service

07/03/2011 11:22 AM |

TIM GANNON PHOTO | County legislators Jay Schneiderman and Ed Romaine take a ceremonial bus ride on the S92 Sunday morning.

Sunday bus service began today, July 3, for riders traveling around the East End.

Suffolk Transit riders on the S92 line, which runs from Orient Point around the island to East Hampton, and on the the 10C line, which runs from East Hampton to Montauk can now ride seven days a week.

“This has been seven years in the making,” said South Fork county Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), who took a ceremonial bus ride from the Riverhead train station to the county center Sunday morning. He was joined by North Fork legislature Ed Romaine (R-Center Moriches) and members of 5 Town Rural Transit, a non-profit organization that has pushed for improved public transportion on the East End.

In exchange for the added service, the county increased the fare on just the S92 and 10C lines from $1.50 to $2.

The county Legislature approved the measure by a 16-1 vote on March 22,and County Executive Steve Levy signed it into law on April 8 following a survey of bus riders which showed overwhelming support for the idea.

Mr. Romaine said he hopes to get the Sunday route altered in the future to replace the county center stop with a stop at Tanger Outlet Center, since the county center is closed on Sundays.

“The riders are footing the bill and they have said overwhelmingly they are will to pay more for Sunday service,” Mr. Schneiderman said.

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