Suffolk County Transit to Hold Riverhead Hearing on Bus Route Cuts

Legislator Fleming joined advocates in Albany in May 2016 to lobby for a fair share of MTA Payroll Tax dollars for suburban counties
Legislator Fleming joined advocates in Albany in May 2016 to lobby for the East End’s fair share of MTA Payroll Tax dollars.

Suffolk County is proposing the elimination of eight under-used Suffolk County Transit bus routes due to the county’s $78 million budget shortfall.

Three of these routes — the S90, 10A and 10D/E — will impact the East End.

The S90 goes from Center Moriches to the Riverhead County Center, the 10A goes from Southampton to Sag Harbor and North Haven and the 10D/E goes from Hampton Bays to East Quogue.

Suffolk County Transit is hosting two public hearings this week to obtain and consider public opinion on the proposal.

The first will be held this Thursday, Sept. 8 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Riverhead Legislative Auditorium, Evans K Griffing Building, 300 Center Drive in Riverside, and the second will be held on Friday, Sept. 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Hauppauge Legislative Auditorium, W.H. Rogers Legislative Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown.

South Fork Legislator Bridget Fleming and her staff said in an announcement Tuesday that they will attend the public hearing in Riverside to voice the concerns of her constituents regarding the proposed cuts.

“These service changes will seriously impact some of the most vulnerable residents in my district,” said Ms. Fleming. “Great care must be taken to ensure that members of our community experience the least possible impacts of any service changes. I am also committed to long-term solutions to inefficiencies in our public transportation system.”

Members of the public who can’t attend the hearing are encouraged to submit written testimony to Suffolk County Transit, 335 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank, NY 11980.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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