Following low usage during the “summer of hell,” the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will reduce bus service and eliminate three park-and-ride locations beginning Thursday morning, according to the MTA.
The agency will drop three of its eight bus stops around Long Island: the North Hempstead Beach Park, Roosevelt Field mall and Bethpage State Park locations, the MTA said. Buses serving the five remaining park-and-rides will run less frequently, every half-hour into and out of Manhattan.
There’s also a slight change in hours of operation. Remaining buses will no longer serve the morning rush hour through 10 a.m. The new, 30-minute schedule will be in place between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Evening hours, between 3 and 7 p.m., are unchanged.
MTA chairman Joseph Lhota announced Tuesday that the agency would be re-evaluating bus service after two days of light ridership.
“They’re just not being used,” Lhota said. “We provided our customers an abundance of choice. And based on two days, they’ve chosen to take the ferry out of Glen Cove and different ways to get into Brooklyn or into Queens and then take the subway . . . over the buses. And that’s fine.”
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