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Aug 31, 2018 3:00 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

South Fork Commuter Connection To Offer Train Service To Bridgehampton School Staff

State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. at a meeting of the Bridgehampton School Board. JON WINKLER
Sep 4, 2018 11:38 AM

Teachers and other staff members at the Bridgehampton School will soon have transportation available to them courtesy of the Long Island Rail Road.

State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. spoke at the Bridgehampton School Board’s meeting on Wednesday, August 29, revealing that the LIRR has agreed to provide two additional trains from Speonk and Hampton Bays to Bridgehampton beginning next spring.

The trains will be part of the South Fork Commuter Connection, which was first announced in April 2017 and will establish six new trains available to commuters during non-summer weekdays. The new service would be a way for people who work at the Bridgehampton School, and other employment centers, to have access to convenient public transportation while avoiding extended drives and heavy traffic on County Road 39.

Mr. Thiele explained that the morning trains would leave Speonk at 6:16 a.m. and Hampton Bays at 8:26 a.m., arriving in Bridgehampton at 7:09 a.m. and 8:46 a.m. The Town of Southampton will issue a request for proposals to set up a bus service delivering school employees from the train station to the school.

Afternoon trains would leave Bridgehampton for Speonk at 3:21 p.m., arriving at 4:14 p.m., and for Hampton Bays at 5:23 p.m., arriving at 5:43 p.m. A train ticket would cost $3.25 each way.

“This is an idea that elected officials have been pushing for a long time, to get the Long Island Rail Road to offer more transport for East End residents,” Mr. Thiele said. “We found that it was very popular with teachers and school personnel.”

He said the trains are set to begin on March 4, 2019, with the trains being permanent. He also pointed out that the schedule is subject to modification, and that the 5:23 p.m. train to Hampton Bays would not run on Fridays in the summertime to clear a path for the “Cannonball,” referring to the afternoon train from New York City that is typically filled with weekend visitors.

Superintendent Robert Hauser said on Thursday, August 30, that he supported the new transport option, pointing out that half of the staff members—there are about 90, according the district’s website—live west of the Shinnecock Canal.

“I think any additional options offered west of the canal are welcome,” Mr. Hauser said. “It’s a win for anyone commuting from the west.”

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Southampton schools, town hall???
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Sep 1, 18 2:14 PM
Sure people will take the train lmao
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Sep 1, 18 3:43 PM
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This is just more political BS. Dump on those towns west of the canal for those east of it.

Major fail.
By Hamptonsway (107), Southampton on Sep 1, 18 10:51 PM
Why not run it now that school has started? 6 months from now??
By Non-Political (125), Hampton Bays on Sep 1, 18 11:50 PM
^ months is "soon"? In worthless government of which Thiele has become a master I guess so. Would love to see the number of people who actually use them and how much it costs tax payers to subsidize Freedy's Fantasies.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Sep 2, 18 6:27 AM
How many stops in between? I know SH hospital employees that would like to use that service.
By curensea (2), hampton bays on Sep 2, 18 4:04 PM
This option has long been promoted as a means to reduce the trade parade impact. In reading (and re-reading) the article, it states the extra trains will be available during “non-summer” months. Not sure what “non-simmer” months are but if these trains are not running May-September, the overall impact will be negligible. And eliminating the 5:24 back to Hampton Bays on Fridays will render the early morning train useless. This is going to be very interesting to watch.
By roverton (64), Westhampton on Sep 4, 18 10:27 AM
Train schedule makes no sense. Doesn't jive with typical work hours of the community.
By A Great American (103), East Quogue on Sep 4, 18 6:17 PM
Is tom neely using the train? Town hall employees. Leave town cars and take the train?
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Sep 5, 18 12:46 PM