Long Beach Bus

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Long Beach Bus
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Long Beach Bus #175 leaves the railroad station, preparing to serve the East Loop route
Parent City of Long Beach Department of Transportation
Headquarters 1 West Chester Street
Long Beach, NY 11561
Locale Southern Nassau County
Service area Long Beach and Point Lookout
Service type Local bus service
Routes 5
Fleet 11 (fixed route)
4 (paratransit)[1]
(2009 figures)
Daily ridership 1,150 (weekday)
666 (Saturday)
429 (Sunday)[1]
Chief executive Brendan T. Costello
Website Long Beach Bus

Long Beach Bus is a public transportation system serving Greater Long Beach on the south shore of Long Island, New York. The service operates twenty-four hours a day, with five different routes connecting to one another and to Nassau Inter-County Express and Long Island Rail Road at Long Beach Station in the city centre. Although Long Beach Bus is designed to complement county bus and commuter rail service, it is run independently by Long Beach DOT.

Service overview[edit]

The service operates 24-hours a day, except early Monday mornings. The service operates five routes, with two regular services within the city, one extended route to the Long Beach's eastern suburbs, one tourist trolley line and one overnight circulator. Viability of such an extensive service in a suburban setting is made possible by Long Beach's high-density layout: due to the limited supply of land on the island, fewer than 40% of homes are detached houses,[2] making Long Beach one of the twenty-five densest cities in the country, just behind San Francisco but ahead of Jersey City. The service also plays an important role in transporting the many tourists who arrive in the summer by train from New York City.

Because it is owned and operated independently by the City of Long Beach, and not by Nassau County, Long Beach Bus was unaffected by the recent privatization of Long Island Bus.

Most service information is provided bilingually in both English and American Spanish.

Bus routes[edit]

Long Beach Bus operates five bus routes within the City and to Lido Beach and Point Lookout, all originating from the Long Beach Station. These routes do not accept MetroCard for fare payment. The fare for all routes is US$2.00, except for the Point Lookout service, which has a $2.50 base fare.

Service is available at all times except early Monday morning.

Route Terminal Major streets History and Notes
East Loop
Maple Boulevard and East Broadway Edwards Boulevard
Broadway
Maple Boulevard
East Park Avenue
Counter-clockwise loop
West End
West Beech Street and Nevada Avenue West Park Avenue and West Beech Street
Shoppers' Special
Maple Boulevard and East Broadway East Park Avenue
Maple Boulevard
Broadway
Edwards Boulevard
  • Weekday middays only.
  • Clockwise loop. Reverse of East Loop route.
N69 Point Lookout
Point Lookout Lido Boulevard
  • Branch Bus Corp at 1973 MSBA takeover, transferred to Long Beach, NY in 1984
  • No Sunday service.
  • No passengers carried within Long Beach on this route.
Late Night Express
West End service first, then East Loop service West Beech Street
Nevada Avenue
Edwards Boulevard
Broadway
Maple Boulevard
Park Avenue
  • Overnight service.
  • No late night Sunday/early Monday morning service.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, paratransit service is offered to those unable to utilize traditional buses.

Fleet[edit]

Mainline bus service is operated using Gillig Advantage hybrid diesel-electric buses alongside legacy Gillig Phantom buses. These are supplemented by Gillig Trolley Replicas on the tourist trolley line and Ford E-Series-based paratransit vehicles.

All vehicles are wheelchair accessible. Mainline buses are equipped with bicycle racks and extensive bicycle parking is available at the bus terminal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b NTD Program filing for City of Long Beach, 2009
  2. ^ US Census Bureau Factfinder. [1]

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