STONY BROOK, NY, May 4, 2012 – A new sustainable partnership between SBU Transit and Suffolk County Transit will soon provide Stony Brook University students expanded Saturday bus service to more off-campus locations for shopping, dining and leisure activities between Stony Brook University, Smith Haven Mall, Port Jefferson Village and points in between. The new Saturday service is being made available at no additional cost to students and requires only a student identification card for access.
|Stony Brook University students at the Hamilton Bus Stop prepare to board Suffolk Transit's S60 line to the Smith Haven Mall.|
Beginning on May 26, Stony Brook students will be able to ride Suffolk Transit buses on Routes S60/S69 on Saturdays, which provides transportation from 8 am to 10 pm. Stony Brook students will also have access to Suffolk Transit’s 3D Route on Saturdays, which operates between 7 am and 6 pm traveling between Stony Brook University and Smith Haven Mall, which they can board at numerous bus stops on campus. SBU Transit’s Sunday Shopping Route services will not be affected.
The partnership came about after students on the Transportation & Parking Student Advisory Committee requested increased off-campus transportation.
“This partnership is terrific for the students and it’s good for the environment,” said Barbara Chernow, Vice President for Administration at Stony Brook University. “It enables Stony Brook to reduce fuel usage by approximately 3,500 gallons per year, saves money for Stony Brook, and generates revenue for the County without any additional cost to students.”
“This is a win-win for Suffolk County and Stony Brook University,” said County Executive Steve Bellone. “By working together, Stony Brook will compensate the county for the per ride student fare for each student using Suffolk County Transit. This will make it easier for students to support local businesses and take cars off the road.”
Stony Brook will also realize operational savings, including fuel and vehicle maintenance.
“This partnership will not only be good for the students at Stony Brook, but will also prove to be beneficial to the business destinations that these new riders will go to,” said Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn, whose district encompasses the Stony Brook University campus. “Long Island is a beautiful and exciting place and this new agreement will allow Stony Brook University’s student body to discover and be a part of some of our area’s rich offerings.”
About Stony Brook University’s Department of Transportation and Parking Operations
The Department of Transportation and Parking Operations provides essential sustainable transportation and parking solutions for Stony Brook University on the following campuses: Main Campus (East, West and South), Stony Brook Southampton, and the Research & Development Park.
The Transportation & Parking Student Advisory Committee is an important group of Stony Brook University students who provide valuable feedback utilized to shape how the University operates its sustainable transportation services, biking initiatives and commuter parking projects. The Advisory Committee meets monthly during the academic year and is open to any current Stony Brook University students. Meeting schedules and locations can be found online at www.stonybrook.edu/transportation.
About Suffolk County Transit
Suffolk County Transit (SCT) public transit bus system is a local public bus system consisting of 50 bus lines extending from the Nassau/Suffolk County line on the west to Montauk Point and Orient Point on the east. The bus system is County owned, planned and managed. It is operated by privately owned companies under contract with the County. The Transportation Division provides planning and oversight in these areas.