Suburban Bus Riders

Regional Bus Authority

In 2008, the MTA consolidated the management of NYC Transit’s bus division, MTA Bus, and Long Island Bus into a Regional Bus Authority as a cost saving move.

Subject to action by the State Legislature, this authority could take on full financial responsibility for Westchester’s Bee-Line Bus and Nassau County’s Long Island Bus.

Suburban bus riders, to a greater degree than their urban counterparts, are likely to be the elderly, students, the handicapped, lower-income people of color, or others that are not able to own a car. Poor transit service impacts their ability to get to work, jobs, school, or child care, putting them at a further disadvantage.

Long Island Bus
Long Island Bus is run by the Metropolitan Transit Authority and provides service in Nassau County, western Suffolk County, and parts of Queens.  For years Long Island Bus has suffered from a lack of funding, particularly from the county level, despite large growth in ridership. In fact, county funding levels are still lower than they were in 1999. Tri-State has worked with Long Island civic groups to provide a strong voice for bus riders calling for adequate funding and reliable service.

Westchester Bee-Line Bus
The Bee-Line Bus offers commuters mass transit in Westchester County, with connections to Rockland County and the Bronx. Though it is comparable in size and ridership to Long Island Bus, it tends to receive less state funding. The system began accepting Metrocard in April 2007 and has seen increased ridership since. However, increasing labor costs and a lack of a stable funding source could easily put the system back in the red in future years. 

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