The region’s summer of service cuts may now include Westchester County’s Bee-Line bus system. Westchester DOT recently announced the following reductions in service, planned for July:
- Full cancellations: The BxM4C express bus to Manhattan and Shuttle Loops E (White Plains) and T (Tarrytown).
- Cuts to weekday service: Routes 7 (White Plains/Mount Vernon/New Rochelle), 14 (Peekskill/Ossining/White Plains), 18 (Peekskill), 31 (Yonkers), 42 (New Rochelle/Mount Vernon/Bronx).
- End seasonal service: Routes 6 (cuts three trips that run during the school year) and 92 (summer service to Playland).
According to County Executive Rob Astorino, these and not filling vacant positions will save $1.37 million — a small fraction of the $166 million budget gap the county expects to face next year.
Public hearings will be held at the Westchester County Center on April 14, from 2-5 pm and 7-9 pm. Comments can also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Westchester County Department of Transportation, 100 East First Street, Mount Vernon, NY 10550.
MTA Rolls Back Service Cuts
After thousands of New Yorkers spoke out at the MTA’s public hearings earlier this month, the MTA announced over the weekend that it would scale back planned service cuts throughout the region. The new cuts are available on the agency’s website and will be voted on at the MTA’s board meeting this Wednesday and will take effect in July. MTA Chairman Jay Walder also met with students last week and agreed to postpone a vote on ending free student MetroCards, giving student advocates time to make their case to state and city officials.