Sunday service on two Suffolk County Transit bus lines on the East End will begin this week and run through Columbus Day weekend. County Legislator Jay Schneiderman sponsored the pilot program with County Legislator Ed Romaine.|
The program, which affects the S92 and 10C lines, was approved by the County Legislature last year and implemented in July. The level of use last summer demonstrated a clear need for public transportation on Sundays, the legislators said.
The county’s S92 bus line will run daily from the Orient Point ferry to the railroad station in East Hampton, making stops at hamlets on the North Fork, Riverhead, Hampton Bays, Southampton, Bridgehampton, and Sag Harbor. The schedule offers stops every half-hour during peak travel time, and hourly during off-peak times.
The 10C line, with stops at various locations in Montauk as well as Amagansett and Newtown Lane in East Hampton, runs every two or three hours.
In a conversation on Tuesday, Mr. Schneiderman said he had to fight hard to keep the Sunday service running. Because of the county’s financial crisis, a 50-cent increase has been implemented on all bus lines in the county. Since the East End lines had an increase last year, he negotiated a 25-cent increase, with the county subsidizing the remainder.
As shown on a schedule effective May of this year, a regular fare costs $2.25, with discounts for senior citizens, students, and those with disabilities. Children under 5 years old ride for free, with a limit of three children per adult.
Two bicycle racks are on all Suffolk County Transit buses, available on a first-come-first-served basis. For children under 12, the use of the racks requires the supervision of an adult.