Long Island: Bus Service


The Long Island Bus Service excels in ferrying people short distances, within the city and between their homes and Rail Road Stations. It is somewhat a brand used by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority for bus service throughout Nassau County and some stops along the western border of Suffolk County, and the eastern border of Queens on Long Island, New York. Long Island Bus provides convenient service to people who live or work in nearly 100 Long Island communities board on buses and arrive at their destinations safely and comfortably. There are about 54 routes serving 48 Long Island Rail Road stations plus colleges, museums, parks, theaters, and beaches throughout the area. The MTA Long Island Bus operates three bus depots in Nassau County such as Rockville Centre Depot, Mitchel Field Bus Depot, and Stewart Avenue Depot. It has a base fare of US$2.00 for one-way local and limited stop buses. For seniors and disabled, one-half of its base fare is granted. Children less than 44 inches tall ride free when accompanied by an adult. There is a limit of three children per adult. A student with ID, the fare is only US$1.80.

The Long Island Bus was founded in around 1973 under the name Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority by the combination of ten privately-chartered bus companies, including Bee-Line, Inc. (founded 1922) and its subsidiaries, Rockville Centre Bus Corp. (started 1927) Utilities Lines, Inc, (started 1926, under Bee Line since 1952), and Stage Coach Lines; Schenck Transportation Co (originally a Great Neck livery stable), Semke Bus Line, (started 1918) Jerusalem Ave Bus Line, Hempstead Bus Corp (started 1926), Roosevelt Bus Line, Branch Bus Corp (started 1949), and Hendrickson Bus Corp. (started 1949, its only route from Glen Cove to Oyster Bay has been abandoned, but the name Hendrickson survives today as a charter carrier) Nassau Bus Line and Universal Auto Bus (organized 1921) had been acquired by Schenck in the 1960′s, Checker Bus Corp had been reformulated into Stage Coach Lines in the 1960′s. Star Bus became Mid-Island Transit in 1966, and then became part of Stage Coach Lines.

The Hampstead Transit Center is an indoor facility for customers switching between bus routes and the Rail Road. Restrooms, vending machines and related facilities offer a superior waiting experience. It also makes it easy and convenient to zoom all over the Island and on to Manhattan with short travel times and affordable ticket prices. If you have questions or clarifications regarding Long Island Bus, a Travel Information Service comes into help which operates in both English and Spanish on 516-228-4000 between 7 am and 5 pm everyday except Sundays. It is easy to get information on routes and fares.

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