The Long Island Rail Road has announced its fall, 2019 train service schedule for the South Fork, including the South Fork Commuter Connection trains, which are met at stations in Southampton and East Hampton Towns by local shuttle buses that deliver commuters to convenient locations throughout the town. The shuttle buses then pick up riders for transport to the train stations in the afternoon. A $4.25 one-way fare includes the train and the bus shuttle.
Beginning September 3, 2019, one westbound evening train will depart stations two minutes later and will now go as far west as Westhampton rather than terminating in Hampton Bays. No changes have been made to East Hampton Town shuttle bus service.
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