The fourth day of the “summer of hell” arrives Thursday — this time with a new bus schedule.
In response to three days of low ridership, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has cut back bus service for Long Island Rail Road commuters. The agency has reduced departures and discontinued service from three of its eight pickup locations on Long Island: the North Hempstead Beach Park, Roosevelt Field mall and Bethpage State Park locations. Buses serving the five remaining park-and-rides will run every half-hour into and out of Manhattan.
There’s also a slight change in hours of operation. Remaining buses won’t serve the morning rush hour through 10 a.m. The new, 30-minute schedule is in place between 6 and 9 a.m. Evening hours, between 3 and 7 p.m., are unchanged.
Bus service in Manhattan has also been adjusted to focus on 34th Street, with one stop near Penn Station and a second on the East Side. The MTA has stopped sending buses to the Grand Central Terminal area.
“I would caution, we’ve had a few good days. I’m not ready to let my guard down yet, but so far it seems people have been happy with the trains,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo during an appearance on News 12 Long Island on Wednesday. “Fewer people are using ferries and buses. It seems…
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