WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County Executive George Latimer is once again taking action to ease the burden on Westchester residents’ wallets as he announces for the third time that Bee-Line Bus fares will be suspended from July 1 until September 4 during this summer. The fare suspension will also apply to the County’s ParaTransit system.
Latimer said, “This is a move we are able to make on behalf of Westchester residents due to the strong, smart fiscal management my Administration has taken during our tenure.
From cutting property taxes to ensuring our Public Safety Department is fully funded, this is another way we County government can improve the lives of the people we serve.”
During the summer of 2022, the County offered its first free rides program and saw a dramatic increase in ridership. The system experienced a 37% increase in ridership during the three-month period of June, July and August, compared to the prior three-month period in March, April and May.
Department of Public Works/Transportation Commissioner Hugh Greechan said, “Westchester County is proud of our ability to provide this outstanding service to our residents fare-free for a limited time. We understand the impact it has on the budgets of our riders and looking forward to providing some relief.”
The Bee-Line is Westchester County’s bus system, serving over 27 million passengers annually with convenient service connecting residents to jobs, recreation, shopping and other regional transportation services. It is the second largest transit bus fleet in New York State, operated by the County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T).
Office for People with Disabilities Director Evan Latainer said, “County Executive Latimer is once again looking out for the constituents of Westchester County in providing cost savings when traveling on our ParaTransit system. By providing this free fare period it is again allowing our ridership to utilize ParaTransit free of charge for their transportation needs. We thank the County Executive for continuing to be there for our ridership.”
Over 65% of all Westchester County residents are within walking distance of a Bee-Line bus route, making the bus both close and convenient. The system has over 3,300 bus stops and almost 60 routes. All Bee-Line buses are accessible, and designed with many accessibility features including “kneeling” buses, ramps and lifts.