Lawmakers call for MTA to take over Suffolk's bus system

There are 27 comments on the Newsday story from May 12, 2009, titled Lawmakers call for MTA to take over Suffolk's bus system. In it, Newsday reports that:

Suffolk lawmakers vehemently opposed to the new payroll tax that is part of Albany's MTA bailout called upon the transit agency Tuesday to take over the county's bus system.

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What a Joke

Hillside, NJ

#23 Aug 31, 2009
First of all, the County does not directly run the service. The service is run by 5 independent contractors, which the county "monitors", instead of running the service themselves. The routes are a joke, most transit systems have buses that go north and south and east and west. Not Suffolk, buses ride all different directions. How about having one contractor with a bus yard in Babylon, who's route starts at the Smithaven mall. There are 2 contractor's with closer yards that would save fuel and time. This is just one example. Almost every contractor has another business, either school bus or coach bus, which has management people who the county pays for, but do not work a hundred percent under the county contract. Each contractor has so much waste that the county pays for. The service is designed for the poorer communities and the county has no interest in making the service more accessible for everyone. Maybe the MTA isn't the answer, but it's a improvement over the currrent service, which isn't saying much.
Thomas Mart

Milford, CT

#24 Sep 11, 2009
really wrote:
Most people in Suffolk County do not use any bus at all. Why are we paying so much for this "service"? Who's serving whom?
I use the bus as well as many other students for transportation to my college. The system is very faulty and unreliable. I'd give my right hand for that fucking bus to come on top. I just spent an hour in the rain waiting for the 3C and guess who couldn't make it to Psychology today. Let someone take it over. Anyone thats gonna fix this shit.
BIGDOG

Patchogue, NY

#25 Jun 12, 2010
I DRIVE FOR CBS LINES AND YES ITS A JOKE. PLEASE MTA TAKE US OVER!!!!!!!!!!
BIGDOG

Patchogue, NY

#26 Jun 12, 2010
Its not our fault as drivers the system just sucks. The routes and times are outdated. 25 years ago they were great. Less traffic less lights less people. The county does not care people. Its 2010 if the county wanted a good system they world make it. To much stress and headaces the system is a joke and they do not care because most of the people who travel the bus are poor. Any they do not care. Check their web page fare's going up. And still no better service. We NEED THE MTA IN SUFFOLK.
BIGDOG

Patchogue, NY

#27 Jun 12, 2010
The drivers get no time to rest. 2 hour trip from smithheaven mall to riverhead. Maybe 3 min break turn and burn. Same commack to riverhead. drivers get no time to rest. YOu rest you late the rest of the day. The system is old no good and a joke. Been driving for suffolk transit many years and its getting worse. Suffolk needs THE MTA HELP. No sundays holidays no nights ?????????? hello. they have meeting in happauge about fare's going up sunday service. ends at 7. check the routes these people have no way to get home. No bus's at that time hello. people wake up. suffolk does not care about the poor people. at least the MTA will do the job the correct way. Bus's every 15 min, all day all night 24 hours a day. 7 days a week.
BIGTONYD

Patchogue, NY

#28 Jun 12, 2010
My god man. I drive for intercounty you are 100% correct bigdog. WOW. could not say it better myself.
Ann

Brentwood, NY

#29 Jul 3, 2012
You forget that the people who live in "ghetto" are the ones more likely to take the bus. Buses in Brentwood/Central Islip are often packed. More people don't take buses because the time tables are burdensome. Otherwise they be economical. They every hour, when they should run every half hour. There aren't enough connections. They don't run past six in some places. Leaving some people stranded. Furthermore, it doesn't run on Sundays. People still work and buy on Sundays.

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