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Sep 8, 2009 1:23 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Public Transportation set to be improved

Sep 8, 2009 1:23 PM

Congressmen Tim Bishop and Steve Israel announced last month that Suffolk County will receive a $9.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the purchase up to 30 transit buses.

Federal replacement eligibility requires a minimum of 500,000 miles on buses. The buses to be replaced in Suffolk County have 550,000 to 750,000 miles on them, according to the lawmakers. The upgrade to the current fleet will help remove older, less
efficient buses from the road. Also,
the new buses will use clean diesel
with very low emissions and the county expects a 10-percent improvement in fuel efficiency as a result. According to the press release issued by Mr. Bishop and Mr. Israel, the improvements will save taxpayers more than $100,000 annually in repair costs over the older buses.

“Federal Recovery Act funding is enabling Suffolk County to purchase these buses without placing an additional burden on local taxpayers,” Mr. Bishop is quoted in the press release as saying. “In addition, Suffolk County residents will benefit from the savings for years to come as the new buses reduce fuel and repair costs.”

Mr. Bishop is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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We also need the Bus Stop Shelters to indicate stops and keep people out of the weather. Keep putting them up.
By rabbit (65), watermill on Aug 26, 09 8:50 AM
And yet they remove a bus route from the Village of East Hampton (S92). How is bus service improved by just getting new buses, when it's the frequency of service and routes that need to be expanded.
Here in Nassau, there have been dramatic improvements in our bus system since the MTA took over management of the LI Bus system. At the County level, Suffolk is inept with public transit needs. It's time for the MTA to take over, thats the only way we're gonna see improvements (such as Sunday service ...more
By PineBaron (10), Westbury on Sep 6, 09 10:45 PM
Out here on the East End, we desparately need a better public transportation system. With so many DWIs and speeders, it is almost safer to be a passenger in a bus these days. In addition, we need better ways to get from town to town out here. The taxi cab facilities are outrageously expensive. I believe more buses are the way to go.
By Bridget325 (27), Hampton Bays on Sep 7, 09 12:51 PM