Pictured Above: (l-r) Carl Irace, Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, Zach Minskoff and Ann Welker.

The Suffolk Transit On-Demand service, an initiative of former Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming that first launched in Southampton Town in 2021, has expanded to East Hampton Town, with on-demand buses now replacing the 10B and 10C bus routes.

Riders can hail the bus through a smartphone app anywhere within the zone from the East Hampton Railroad Station to Montauk Point, including the hamlets of Springs, Amagansett and Montauk, for $2.25.

Riders can download the Suffolk Transit “SCT On-Demand” app on their smartphones, or call 631.818.2982 to book a ride if they don’t have a smartphone. English and Spanish operators are available to help callers. The buses are wheelchair accessible and run 7 days a week from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The region-wide 92 fixed route bus service from Orient Point to the East Hampton Railroad Station will continue to run as scheduled. At the East Hampton Railroad Station, riders can connect with the On-Demand service for travel to points further east.

In the three years since the initial Southampton Town launch, ridership has doubled for On-Demand buses, according to Suffolk County Legislator Ann Welker’s office. The Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning expects the new East Hampton Town zone to serve more than 16,000 riders in the first year.

On Wednesday, May 8, Ms. Welker and East Hampton Town Supervisor Kathee Burke-Gonzalez took a ride on the new bus, joined by East Hampton Chamber of Commerce Secretary Carl Irace and new board member, Zach Minskoff.

“We are excited to welcome Suffolk Transit On-Demand to the Town of East Hampton. “The bus works on your schedule and brings you exactly to where you want to go — which is critical for folks going to work, taking a sick child to the doctor, or anyone who needs a ride,” said Ms. Burke-Gonzalez.

“The On-Demand bus system has been enormously successful in Southampton, where it replaced the fixed route between Sag Harbor Village and the Southampton-Stony Brook University Campus,” said Ms. Welker. “It is used by many members of the community, from students to seniors to workers in many local businesses, and even those going out for dinner.”

“I am glad that I had the opportunity to use this new service,” said Mr. Irace. “It’s convenient and very easy to use, and will be such a great way for Chamber members, staff, patrons, and everyone else to get around East Hampton Town.”

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