The South Fork Commuter Connection provides workers with a public transportation option, operating Mondays through Fridays year round, excluding major legal holidays, and Fridays during the summer. A revised schedule, in effect as of May 1, 2019, will tighten afternoon timelines on the Springs-East Hampton Village route.
Hampton Hopper shuttle buses meet the morning trains, which originate in Speonk or Westhampton, at stations in East Hampton Town to transport workers to designated stops along routes designed to get commuters to key workplaces or employment centers, and will pick up riders for transport to the train stations in the afternoon.
Schedules and detailed information is available on the Town of East Hampton website and at sfccLIRR.org.
The fare is $4.25 one way for any travel between Speonk and Montauk, which includes a ticket to board the local shuttles.
Employers in East Hampton Town are encouraged to allow work schedule flexibility so that employees may use the South Fork Commuter Connection service, and to consider organizing their own group transportation for workers from the train station to work, and in reverse.
This pilot program is the result of efforts by Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, who worked with the LIRR and obtained state funding for the “last-mile” shuttles, and its success will be evaluated by the LIRR in deciding whether to make the service a permanent offering.
The South Fork Commuter Connection alternative not only allows commuters to skirt the traffic and leave their cars at home, providing a smoother way to commute, but allow commuters, by doing so, to help reduce carbon emissions and pollution by getting cars off the road.