For visitors without cars, residents who want to help alleviate traffic, or those who want an affordable solution to drinking and getting around, the Hamptons Hopper has hit the road.
Last week marked the maiden journey of the "retro chic" shuttle bus that bills itself as a mode of both “transportation and socialization.” The service, with a fleet of sea-green converted school buses, utilizes a mobile app for iPhone (and soon Android) to let riders see where the stops are and when to expect its arrival.
The Hopper makes weekend runs starting at 4 p.m. on Fridays and runs hourly all day Saturdays and Sundays till 2 a.m., stopping downtown in East Hampton, Amagansett, and Montauk , and at popular establishments such as Cyril’s on Napeague and the Surf Lodge in Montauk. It will schedule more pickups as word gets out.
“Getting around the Hamptons can be aggravating, expensive, and even unsafe,” said Derek Kleinow, the founder.
The cost is free for first-time riders who download the mobile app. Afterward daily memberships start at $20. Weekend, monthly, and seasonal passes also available.