Suffolk County Transit

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Suffolk County Transit
Suffolk Transit logo.svg
Suffolk Transit Gillig 5008.jpg
Suffolk Transit #5008 picks up customers in Bay Shore on the S41 to East Northport.
Founded 1980–1981
Headquarters Yaphank
Service area Suffolk County and southeastern Nassau County
Service type Local bus service
Routes 53
Fleet 166 fixed-route, 102 SCAT[1]
(2009 figures)
Daily ridership 22,215 (weekday)
15,557 (Saturday)[1]
Fuel type Ultra-low sulfur diesel
Operator See operator list below
Chief executive Gilbert Anderson, Commissioner, Garry Lenberger, Acting Director Transportation Operations
Website Official Website

Suffolk County Transit is the provider of bus services in Suffolk County, New York on Long Island in the United States and is an agency of the Suffolk County government. It was founded in 1980 as a county-run oversight and funding agency for a group of private contract operators which had previously provided such services on their own. While the physical maintenance and operation of the buses are provided by these providers, other matters ranging from bus purchases to route and schedule planning to fare rules are set by Suffolk Transit itself.

Though serving the entirety of Suffolk County, the one exception is in Huntington, located in the northwestern part of the county, where that town's private operator declined to join Suffolk Transit. Instead, Huntington took over that town's system which became Huntington Area Rapid Transit, or HART. Most of HART's routes do connect to both Suffolk Transit and Nassau Inter-County Express and one can transfer between HART and Suffolk Transit fairly easily.[2] In addition, the village of Patchogue has its own local bus service.[3]

Fare[edit]

The current Suffolk County Transit base fare for most one-way local bus travel is $2.00. For seniors and the disabled, the base fare is $0.75; personal care attendants (PCA) may ride for free when traveling with seniors or the disabled. Students with school-issued identification pay a reduced fare of $1.25. Undergraduate students of Stony Brook University may ride to Smith Haven Mall on the S60 and 3D for free, with a valid SBU ID, on Saturdays. (The University pre-paying for the rides at the start of the school year. This is so the University does not have to run their own buses to Smith Haven Mall on Saturdays.) Children under five years of age are free, with a limit of three children for every adult. On routes S92 and 10C, the base fare is $2.25[4]

Fare payment is conducted with the use of coins or paper currency, and must be exact. Bus transfers cost an additional $0.25, and must be requested and paid for upon boarding the bus. These transfers are valid for two hours after issue and can be used on Suffolk County Transit connecting routes, or to Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) connecting routes with a special transfer request slip (transfers to NICE require payment of a "step-up" fare).[5]

Bus service hours[edit]

Suffolk Transit bus service operates 7 days a week. Most routes run Mondays to Saturdays from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm, with the exception of the S69, which runs until 10:30 pm. The S1, S40, S45, and S54 all have their last run of the night departing the terminal around 9:00 – 9:30 pm, while the last S27 leave Hauppauge at about 8:30 pm. The S47 runs June through September, 7 days a week. On Sundays, only select bus routes operate.[6]

With the exception of the S47, S92, and 10C, there is no service on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day.[7]

Routes[edit]

Main routes are prefixed with a "S" to signify "Suffolk County" to fall in line with other nomenclature used by the MTA. Nonetheless the agency has no ties to the MTA, and in fact the "S" prefix is already used for Staten Island routes. Feeder routes do not have the "S" prefix, however they have various letter suffixes.

Suffolk County Accessible Transportation[edit]

Suffolk County Accessible Transportation (SCAT) is Suffolk Transit's federally mandated paratransit service for ADA-eligible passengers with disabilities. SCAT service is available Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 8:30 PM and Saturday, 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM. The fare is $4.00.[8]

Future[edit]

During his tenure as Suffolk County executive, Steve Levy proposed a takeover of Suffolk County Transit by the MTA.[9] In 2010 Suffolk Transit had ordered 81 Orion VII clean Diesel buses.[10] to replace all of their 1996 Gillig 35TB102 and 1997 Gillig 30TB96, as well as most of their 1999 Orion 05.503's.

In 2011 the Suffolk County Legislature authorized a fare hike from $1.50 to $2.00 on the S92 and 10C routes only. In return, service on those two routes was expanded to Sunday during the summer months. The fare hike took place on June 17, 2011, with Sunday service operating from July until September.[11][12]

Bus route assignments[edit]

Rather than operate its services in-house like most transit agencies, Suffolk County Transit contracts all their routes to private contractors. The table below lists the private contractors hired to provide fixed-route services. It does not include Suffolk County Accessible Transportation paratransit service.

Company Routes
Suffolk Bus Corporation[13] 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 5A, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 7D, 7E, S40, S41, S42, S45, S47, S56, S58, S59, S60, S61, S62, S66, S68, S69, S71, S76, S110
EBT INC[14] 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, S1, S20, S23, S25, S27, S29, S31, S33, S35, S54, S57, S63
Twin Forks Transit 8A, 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 10E, S90, S92, S94

Note: EBT INC is the operator of Suffolk County Transit Buses, EBT INC is the sister company of Educational Bus Transportation (a school bus company).

Note: Twin Forks Transit is a joint venture of Hampton Jitney and Sunrise Coach Lines.

Fleet[edit]

Suffolk County Transit Bus Operations employs many makes and models of buses between 30 and 41 feet in length, and between 96 and 102 inches in width. This table shows all models currently used in revenue service by any contractor. Suffolk County Accessible Transportation paratransit service is not shown.

Year Model Length Width Engine Fleet Number Total Number
1999 Orion V 05.503 35 ft 96 in Detroit Diesel Series 50 9908,9913,9915,9920,9923,9928-9929,9932-9933,9935,9939 11
2000 Gillig Phantom 35TB102 Suburban 102 in 2000–2002, 2004–2005 5
2005 Gillig Phantom 35TB102 Cummins ISM 5001-5016,5021-5034,5041-5042,5051-5060,5071-5081,5091-5096 59
2008 Gillig Low Floor BRT T-40 Hybrid 41 ft Cummins ISL
(GM-Allison EP-40 Hybrid propulsion system)
8001-8004 4
2010 Orion VII Next Generation 40.5 ft
35 ft
32.5 ft
Cummins ISL 1001–1015
1016–1053,1055-1065
1066–1081
15
49
16

Retired fleet[edit]

All retired buses prior to 1981 were brought either secondhand by Suffolk County or the bus companies that operated for the county or brought by the operators and then by Suffolk County when they took over bus operations in 1980–1981. Some buses were renumbered after entering service; all fleet numbers listed are the numbers the buses were when they entered service.

Year Model Length Width Engine Fleet Number Total Number Year Retired
1959 GM TDH5106 40ft 96in Detroit Diesel 6-71 617 1 1982
19xx GM TDHxxxx 92,436 2
GM TDH4517 35 ft 96 in Detroit Diesel 6V71 330,340 2 1987/1995
1960 420 1
1962 GM TDH5301 40 ft 102 in 409 1
1963 GM TDH4519 35 ft 96 in 527 1 1987
1964 GM TDH5304 40 ft 158 1
GM TDH4519 35 ft 837 1 1987
1965 292-294,840 4 1987/1995
1966 108,111,700 3 1982/
1967 104-105 2 1995
1969 GMC T6H4521 517,528 2 1986/1995
1973 GMC T6H4523A 904,909,917,921,924 5
1974 124 1
1975 Flxible 45096-6-1 14-15,828-829,836 5 1986/1993/1995
1981 New Flyer D901A 35102C 102 in Detroit Diesel Series ?? 108-115,119-120,550-557,800-806 25
1982 Gillig Phantom 3596TB 96 in Detroit Diesel 6V92 5,7-13,118-125,125-127,209,558-562,815-820 31 1986/1993
Chance RT-52 25.11 ft 1-4,4-6,20-22,113-117,121-124,210-214,807-814,810-812,814-815 37 1986/1993/1995
1987 Gillig Phantom 35102TB 35 ft 102 in Detroit Diesel Series 6V92TA 701-704,710,720-733,740-742,750-760 33 1995/1999/2005
1988 Chance RT-52 25.11 ft 96 in Detroit Diesel Series ?? 300-303,320-321,340-341,350-352,880-884 16 1997
1991 Gillig Phantom 40102TB 40 ft 102 in Detroit Diesel Series 6V92TA 900,910-916 9 2005
Gillig Phantom 35102TB 35 ft 901-908,920,930-934,940-941 16
1993 Flxible Metro D 30096-6-T 30 ft 96 in 9301-9303,9311-9316,9321-9326,9331-9342 27
1996 Gillig Phantom 35102TB 35 ft 102 in Detroit Diesel Series 50 9600-9617,9620,9630-9636,9641-9655,9660-9661 43 1999/2010
1997 Gillig Phantom 3096TB 30 ft 96 in 9701-9702,9711-9714,9721-9726,9731-9734 16 2010
1999 Orion V 05.503 35 ft 9901-9907,9909-9912,9914,9916-9919,9921-9922,9924-9927,9930-9931,9934-9938,9940-9942 31 2010
2000 Gillig Phantom 35TB102 Suburban 102 in 2003 1 2011
2010 Orion VII 07.502 Cummins ISL 1054 1 2012

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