The number of people riding the bus on Sundays in Suffolk County has more than tripled since the service was expanded more than six months ago, according to a press release from the office of County Legislator Jay Schneiderman.
According to data from the Suffolk County Division of Transportation, which runs the public buses, the number of riders has risen from 1,307 in early January when the program was launched to 3,665 riders by the end of June.
On January 5, Sunday bus service was added to seven routes. These routes include the S1, S33, S40, S41, S58, S66, and 3D. The S54 bus route started the following Sunday, January 12.
Sunday service had already been provided on the S92 and 10C routes, which serve the East End, as part of a pilot program.
A total of 78,892 Sunday bus tickets have been sold in the first half of the year. The S92 bus route, which runs from Orient Point to East Hampton, making stops in Sag Harbor, Water Mill, Southampton Village, Hampton Bays, Flanders and Riverhead, had the most Sunday riders in the county with a total 16,832 riders through June 29.
“Public transportation provides people with the ability to access employment, medical care, and other community resources across the county,” said Mr. Schneiderman in the release. “I’m pleased to see the number of residents taking advantage of this service.”
The areas receiving Sunday bus service are also entitled to individualized transportation service for the physically disabled. Suffolk County Accessible Transit (SCAT) provided a peak of 125 passengers per Sunday during the first half of the year.