Suffolk County Transit
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Suffolk Transit #5008 picks up customers in Bay Shore on the S41 to East Northport.
|Service area||Suffolk County and southeastern Nassau County|
|Service type||Local bus service|
|Fleet||157 fixed-route, 147 SCAT
|Daily ridership||21,836 (weekday 2013)|
|Fuel type||Ultra-low sulfur diesel|
|Operator||See operator list below|
|Chief executive||Gilbert Anderson, Commissioner, Garry Lenberger, Acting Director Transportation Operations|
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 continue to be 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. In addition, the village of Patchogue has its own local bus service.
Suffolk County Transit began as the consolidation of numerous private bus companies, many of which became contractors for the county. These included the Bornscheuer Bus Company which served Amityville, Copiague, Lindenhurst, West Babylon, and Babylon. Affiliated company EBT (Educational Bus Transportation, Incorporated) formed in 1962, continues in existence under contract with Suffolk County Transit.
In Central Suffolk, the East Patchogue-based Louis A. Fuoco Bus Line (1962-1996) served Patchogue, East Patchogue, Hagerman, Bellport, South Haven, Mastic, Mastic Beach, Port Jefferson, Medford, Coram, Ridge, Calverton, and Riverhead. Continued to exist during early years of Suffolk County Transit. Also, Coram Bus Service (1958-1992) primarily operated school buses, but also began serving mass transit routes in the Town of Brookhaven towards locations as far west as Commack and East Northport, and as far east as Riverhead.
On the North Shore, Huntington Coach Corporation (1927-present) served Huntington, Farmingdale, Melville, and Halesite. Quinn's Bus Lines mainly served the area between Port Jefferson and Wading River, especially after the demise of the Wading River Extension of the Port Jefferson Branch.
In the western Town of Islip, Suffolk Bus Corporation (1946-present), which served Bay Shore, Brentwood, West Brentwood, Central Islip, Islip, and Babylon, continues in existence under contract with Suffolk County Transit.
On the east end, Sunrise Coach Lines (1946-Present), which served Greenport, Riverhead, Southampton, Sag Harbor, and Easthampton, began operations in 1946, continued in existence under contract with joint venture Twin Forks Transit for the routes they originally operated for Suffolk County Transit. In 2006 Sunrise Coaches EXPRESS Routes were bought by Hampton Jitney.
Utility Lines, a Bee Line Incorporated subsidiary, ran from Patchogue along Montauk Highway into Merrick Road in Nassau County. This line was merged into the Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority in 1973, but funding and service disputes lead to the splitting of that route between the N19 west of Babylon and S40 east of Babylon.
Inter-County Motor Coach Incorporated, which is still based in the Village of Babylon has been operating since 1922. Affiliated companies included Babylon Transit operating from 1937 until around 1986, and Lindenhurst Bus Company, which operated from 1952 to 1986, both companies running in their final years under contract with Suffolk County Transit.
Alert Coach, an affiliate of Baumann & Sons Buses, Incorporated, and Acme Bus Corporation began on November 30, 1966, and had at least four lines within the county, which included a troubled history with the Suffolk portion of the old Utility Lines bus.
The current Suffolk County Transit base fare for most one-way local bus travel is $2.25. 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.
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).
Bus service hours
Suffolk Transit bus service operates 7 days a week. Most routes run Mondays to Saturdays from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm, with the exception of the S69, which runs until 10:20 pm. On weekdays, the S1, S27, S40, S45, and S54 have evening service that runs until around 9:00pm or so. The S47 runs June through September, 7 days a week.
On Sundays, only the S1, S33, S40, S41, S45, S54, S58, S61, S66, S92, 3D, and 10C run. 
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.
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
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 Saturday, 6:00 AM to 8:30 PM and limited on Sunday. The fare is $4.00.
During his tenure as Suffolk County executive, Steve Levy proposed a takeover of Suffolk County Transit by the MTA. In 2010 Suffolk Transit had ordered 81 Orion VII clean Diesel buses. 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.
Bus route assignments
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, which is solely operated by Suffolk Bus Corporation.
|Suffolk Bus Corporation||3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 5A, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 7D, 7E, S40, S42, S45, S47, S56, S57,S58, S59, S60, S61, S62, S63, S66, S68, S69, S71, S76, S110|
|EBT INC||1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, S1, S20, S23, S25, S27, S29, S31, S33, S35, S41, S54|
|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).
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||2000–2001, 2004–2005||4|
|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)
|2010||Orion VII Next Generation||40.5 ft
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||40 ft||96in||Detroit Diesel 6-71||617||1||1982|
|GM TDH4517||35 ft||96 in||Detroit Diesel 6V71||330,340||2||1987/1995|
|GM TDH5302||40 ft||371||1|
|1961||GM TDH4517||35 ft||106||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|
|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 6V71||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|
|2000||Gillig Phantom 35TB102 Suburban||102 in||2002-2003||2||2011/2014|
|2010||Orion VII 07.502||Cummins ISL||1054||1||2012|
- NTD Program filing for Suffolk Transit, 2013
- Huntington Coach Corporation; About Us (Official Site)
- The Forgotten Spur: The Chronicle of the Long Island Rail Road Wading River Extension and the Adjoining Communities (Derek Stadler)
- History of Suffolk Bus Corporation
- History of Sunrise Coach Lines
- Inter-County Motor Coach (Buses - NYCSubway.org)
- Babylon Transit (Buses - NYCSubway.org)
- Babylon Transit
- Lindenhurst Bus Company
- History of Alert Coach Lines
- Year Round Sunday Bus Service on 10 Suffolk County Transit (SCT) Bus Routes (Effective January 5, 2014)
- General Information about Suffolk County Transit
- SCAT - Suffolk County Accessible Transportation. SCT Users Guide for the disabled
- http://libn.com/politbureau/2009/05/17/mr-levy-heads-to-albany Mr. Levy Heads to Albany
- http://www.dcbusna.com/dbusna/0-866-621715-1-1266199-1-0-0-0-0-1-10578-575577-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.html Daimler Buses North America Receives Orders for 92 Orion VII Transit Buses from New York State Agencies
- Gannon, Tim (March 18, 2011). "Officials rally Friday to bring Sunday buses to the East End". Riverhead News-Review. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
- "Resolution No. 1238-2010" (PDF). Suffolk County Legislator. February 1, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
- Suffolk Bus Corporation
- Suffolk County Transit official site
- HART Bus official site
- Patchogue Village Bus official site
- Nassau/Suffolk Transit Map (unofficial)
- Suffolk Transit History (unofficial)
- Nassau and Suffolk County Bus Companies (ChicagoRailfan)
- Suffolk County Transit Operators