By Hanna Nilson
A small fleet of 60 paratransit and 356 fixed route buses; the Bee
Line Bus System operates on a local area, servicing Westchester County
and Northern Bronx County, New York.
Founded in 1978, the Bee Line Bus Company is operated by
the Liberty Lines Transit Inc., and has an estimated 55,000 daily ridership.
Most of Bee line bus routes are concentrated in cities such as Peekskill,
Ossining and Mount Kisco. Other major cities of Westchester County, otherwise
known as the TransCenter; include Yonkers, New Rochelle and Mount Vernon.
You may find it useful to know that Bee Line Bus Routes also operate
on the borders of the Bronx. In fact, practically every subway line in
the Bronx is served by at least one Bee-Line route. This allows Westchester
residents a convenient connection into New York City. To further promote
this commute, Bee-Lines Bus riders are allowed to pay for their fare with
Pretty nifty, huh? The MetroCard is perhaps one of Bee-Lines
most effective benefit. The 2007 Annual Report for the Bee-Line bus system,
predicts that by 2010, Bee-Line MetroCard riders will continue to make-up
over 56% of the 32.2 total Bee-Line commuters.
Bee-Line bus systems are not only a convenient mode of transportation
for New York and Westchester County residents, but they're also well equipped
to handle those in need of a little extra help. Bee-Line buses have recently
upgraded all of their buses to be wheelchair accessible. In a recent editorial
Bee-Line Improves Service Westchester County Transportation Commissioner
Lawrence Salley says, "We have seen a change in ridership trends
and increased ridership, especially among wheelchair-using passengers
the recent delivery of 30 new buses and the schedule changes starting
this Monday, we will be better able to serve the bus-riding community."
Surprisingly, this is not the only major recent improvement for the Bee-Line
In alliance with Westchester County's Shared Services Program, Bee-Line
buses are being recycled! County Executive Andy Spano says: "We have
identified 57 used shuttle and paratransit vans to give to local governments
and districts to save them money. The vans are done with their life as
transit vehicles but now we have found a second use for them." It's
good to know that these vehicles are being reused as part of the county's
program to share services with local governments and schools. In the end;
this is not just a more efficient and generous alternative, but it will
also save a large portion of taxpayer money.
Other major improvements are well on its way. For example, the Rapid
Bus Transit Planning Studies are already being considered for the Central
Avenue Corridore. As a more effective transit service to provide new mobility
options, reduce dependence upon automobiles and contribute to the improving
air quality, the Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Assessment Study proposes
that BRT vehicles may use exclusive lanes for all or part of their route.
This would not only help to avouid traffic but to provide better customer
friendly features including more attractive and comfortable stations,
prepaying for fares at stations (instead of on the bus) to speed boarding,
and boarding through multiple doors, like on a train, to speed trips.
To find out more about Bee-Line buses and The Bee-Line Bus System, please
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