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For Manhattan express bus, now comes the $7.50 fare.

July
14

You’ll remember the big to-do earlier this year when County Executive Robert Astorino proposed scaling back Bee-Line bus service to save money, including the elimination of the Manhattan express bus many commuters use to get to work.

The upshot was that the service was saved, but reduced, and that the fare would be increased. Well, on July 27, the county will hold a hearing on the proposal to increase the fare to $7.50 for a one-way ride. (It’s now $5.50.)

The hearing will be at the Westchester County Center on Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
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Bee-Line Winter Service Changes

January
29

The Westchester County Bee-Line bus system will make seasonal route changes Feb. 15 to meet demands. Here’s the announcement:

BEE-LINE BUSES TO MAKE WINTER SCHEDULE CHANGES
Service to be increased on some routes and reduced on others
Schedules on several bus routes will change on February 15 when the Bee-Line System implements its winter service changes.
“We will be adding or extending trips on Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Friday, January 29th, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
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MetroCards: Come and get them.

September
30

The MetroCard van will make its rounds starting Oct. 19 for anyone who wants to buy the cards used on Westchester and New York City buses and the city subways. Here’s the county press release, complete with dates, times and locations for the van:

The full-service MetroCard van will make Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
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Mall gets its old bus stop back

August
4

The bus stop at Palisades Center mall in West Nyack will return to its former location at the bus shelter near the Bed Bath & Beyond store on Friday.

The bus stop was temporarily relocated during parking lot construction.

The temporary bus stop near Macy’s will no longer be served.

The mall is served by eight bus routes, including the Transport of Rockland (TOR) 59, 91, 92 and 97, the Tappan ZEExpress, the Clarkstown Mini Trans Routes A & D, and the Rockland Coaches (Red & Tan Lines) 20.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
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Palisades Center bus stop being temporarily relocated

July
14

The bus stop that faces Route 59 at Palisades Center in West Nyack will be temporarily relocated starting Thursday due to parking lot construction.

The new, temporary stop will be near the lower level Macy’s entrance, also facing Route 59, the county’s Department of Public Transportation said today.

Bus riders who use the mall’s commuter parking lot (Lot J, across from the Home Depot) will not be affected during the construction.

The new bus stop is served by eight routes – Transport of Rockland (TOR) 59, 91, 92 and 97; the Tappan ZEExpress; the Clarkstown Mini Trans Routes A and D; and the Rockland Coaches (Red & Tan Lines) 20.

All of these routes will switch to the temporary stop, but bus schedules will not be affected by this change.

Buses will continue to use the stop for the duration of the construction project.

It is not known how long the project will last.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 at 11:05 am |
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Rockland Coaches will reduce bus service, raise fares on June 1

May
12

Rockland Coaches plans to scale back service to and from Rockland, as well as raise fares, starting June 1.

Five lines — 9, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49 — will see some service reductions during the morning or evening rush hour, or both.

But bus officials said riders will be able to catch buses that operate 10 to 15 minutes within the times being eliminated.

The company says there are two primary reasons for the change: Rockland Coaches ridership has been dropping for years and it provides some service too close together.

Company and county officials said this is the first service reduction in at least a decade.

Regarding the fare hike, riders will pay 3 percent more to travel between Rockland and New York City on Rockland Coaches. It will cost 10 cents more to travel between Rockland and Bergen County, N.J.

Read more about this story tomorrow in The Journal News and LoHud.com.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 at 11:19 am |
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Transit association says transit saves

April
9

You can save $8,670 by riding trains and buses — if you give up your car altogether.

That’s the word from the American Public Transportation Association with its Transit Savings Report.

They reach the conclusion based on the average national gas price and the average cost for monthly parking against the purchase of a monthly train or bus pass.

New York figures as the second biggest city for savings; they amount to $1,045 a month, or $12,541, according to the report. Only Boston is (slightly) higher.

Here’s the body of the group’s press release:

Public Transit Saves an Individual Over $8,600 Annually – As Cost of Car Ownership Increases

WASHINGTON, DC – Riding public transportation and living with one less car in a household can save an individual $8,670 a year based on the April 8, 2009 national average gas price and the unreserved monthly parking rate.

Gas prices are up 10 cents this month, compared to last month.  However, new 2009 AAA data reports that due to the increase of car ownership costs the amount an individual can save by taking public transportation has increased more than an additional $100 each year.

The Transit Savings Report, released monthly by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) examines how much individuals can save annually by taking public transportation rather than driving.  In these uncertain economic times, taking public transportation is one way to immediately start saving money.

APTA’s Transit Savings Report calculates this month’s savings for public transit users at $723.  This is based on the cost of parking and the April 8 gas price of $2.047 as reported by AAA.

Regarding parking costs, the national average for the monthly unreserved parking rate in a city’s downtown business district is $143, according to the 2008 Colliers International Parking Rate Study.  Over the course of a year, parking costs alone can amount to an average of $1,720.

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, April 9th, 2009 at 11:35 am |
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Coach USA Shortline proposes fare increase; commuters safe

April
2

Coach USA Shortline is proposing to raise one-way full fares on its bus service in Rockland.

Commuters who buy discounted tickets will not be affected.

Under the plan, the one-way full fare from Exit 14 park-and-ride lots in Nanuet to Manhattan would go up 25 cents, to $8 from $7.75, and fares will rise 35 cents from $11.40 to $11.75 from Suffern to Manhattan.

In a letter to the county Department of Public Transportation, Coach USA said the fare increase is to encourage riders to purchase 10- and 40-trip ticket books, which are cheaper.

The new fares would take effect on May 3.

The public comment period is now through April 15. Comment can be made by writing to Coach USA/Hudson Transit Lines at 4 Leisure Lane, Mahwah, N.J. 07430, or by calling 800-631-8405, or by email to shortline@coachusa.com.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 at 9:57 am |
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Changes coming for some Rockland bus riders

September
10

Bus riders in Rockland should be aware of two schedule changes next week.

On Sunday, , Transport of Rockland (TOR) and Coach USA’s Rockland Coaches buses in Haverstraw village will detour around the Haverstraw International Street Fair and the Ferry-Go-Round. Riders should meet their buses at the corner of New Main Street and Hudson Avenue or on Gurnee Avenue. Bus service will return to normal when the street fair is over, the county’s Department of Public Transportation said.

And starting Monday, the bus stop for the Tappan ZEExpress and Coach USA buses in Nyack will move two blocks south, from the corner of South Broadway and Depew Avenue to the corner of South Broadway and Cedar Hill Avenue. As a result, the buses will avoid traveling on Depew Avenue, which hosts a day care center and senior citizen center.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
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Another bus company raising fares due to high fuel costs

July
14

Kaser Bus Service, which provides weekday commuter bus service between Kaser, a predominately Hasidic village in Ramapo, and Sullivan County, plans to raise it fares on Aug. 1 to keep up with rising gas prices.

The cost for a book of 40 tickets, which are good for a month, will rise 25 percent, from $120 to $150, the county Department of Public Transportation said.

The bus company had wanted to increase the price by 50 percent.

The cost of a book of 40 tickets, which are good for a year, will increase 20 percent, from $300 to $360.

The bus service provides four daily trips from Kaser to Kiamesha Lake in the Catskills, and four returns trips throughout the day.

For more information, call the company at 845-352-0087.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Monday, July 14th, 2008 at 12:57 pm |
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Wrong way again

June
16

If you’ve seen the article by my colleagues Anna Mageras and Terence Corcoran, you’ve seen that a second person was arrested by cops after driving the wrong way, allegedly intoxicated, on out thruways.

The first was June 1, when an Eastchester woman drove north in the southbound lanes of I-87 and made it through a Tappan Zee Bridge toll booth before being arrested on the Rockland side. Now, early this morning, comes a Rye man arrested after driving on the wrong side of I-287 to get home. His error was discovered when he struck a tractor trailer.

When journalists see something happen twice, they immediately think in terms of trends. They wonder Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, June 16th, 2008 at 10:25 am |
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Ad campaign for congestion pricing

February
25

Two activist coalitions have unleashed a $500,000 ad campaign aimed at the getting approval for the congestion pricing plan in Manhattan.

Congestion pricing is controversial. Many commuters don’t want the extra cost and say that putting the extra people on trains will only add to the problem.

But this campaign is aimed at people who already use mass transit. They’ll see the ads when they pack into buses and subway cars. The message is this: Tell your elected officials to support congestion pricing and the city will see a $354 million federal grant and $500 million a year in fees to improve mass transit.

The two coalitions — the Campaign for New York’s Future and the Empire State Transportation Alliance — have also set up a Web site, which you can find here.

Among the opponents of the plan is the group Keep NYC Tax Congestion Free. Among the argument on that group’s Web site is the assertion that the federal funding is not a certainty.

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, February 25th, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
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Ride PATH free today

February
25

To celebrate 100 years of PATH trains, the Port Authority is offering free rides today from 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.

The Port Authority took over PATH from the bankrupt Hudson and Manhattan Railroad in 1962.

PATH staff will also be giving out vouchers for free SmartLink cards at all 13 PATH stations. The card allows customers to access the system by tapping the card on a reader. Look at the post below for more details on the pilot program.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Monday, February 25th, 2008 at 5:01 am |
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Winter storm disrupting bus service in Rockland

February
22

Today’s winter storm is causing 15 to 20 minute delays on Transport of Rockland (TOR) and TAPPAN ZEExpress bus services.

The Rockland Department of Public Transportation reports the following TOR routes have been additionally affected:

• TOR Loops 1, 2 and 3 and TOR 95 will be out of service for the remainder of the day.

• TOR 91 is not serving Squadron Boulevard in New City. The remainder of the route is being served.

• TOR 93 is not serving Smith Street and Middletown Road between the Spring Valley Marketplace and the Nanuet Mall. Buses are using New Clarkstown Road and Route 59 as an alternate, where the bus will continue its normal route.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Friday, February 22nd, 2008 at 7:48 pm |
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