Long Island Lobby Coalition Victory: Suffolk County Receives $2 Million for Improvements to Bus System

One of the more exciting wins for the LI Lobby Coalition this last year was additional funding for bus service, with roughly $2 million each for Nassau and Suffolk systems.

While Nassau put their resources into restoring lost lines and service, Suffolk has looked to other priorities as they are sorting out new lines, ride sharing service for the east end, and new technology.  There has been no word yet on the restoration of the busier lines from past cuts.  Regardless, it is encouraging to see some progress thanks to the new revenue.

The announced proposals include new busses along the s66 route (one of the SCT’s busiest), a new route along Route 109, and the creation of on-demand ride-sharing for the East End.  These proposals were explored in public hearings this past week, with a general air of excitement at the espansions.

Congratulations to Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming for her leadership.  She has traveled to Albany with the LI Lobby Coalition and on her own to help secure these resources, and helped to pass legislation this summer to ensure the new funds would not be raided for the general fund.

“We are using that limited increase to try to be smart and responsive to community concerns,” said Legislator Fleming, “and to sort of bolster what is already working and to try to explore alternative ways to approaching transportation for places where the current system just isn’t working at all.”

Check out the story on what Suffolk Bus is doing with the new revenue that came from this year’s legislative session in Newsday.