Sunday bus service has returned to the East End and will last one month longer than last year, when the Suffolk County Legislature first approved a special surcharge on the two lines during the week, to pay for it.
Started as an experimental program — there was no Sunday bus service on the North or South forks before it began — the buses ran for 11 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day, drawing a total of 5,861 riders. A 50-cent surcharge covered most of the cost.
This year, Sunday service will operate between Memorial Day and Columbus Day, lasting until Oct. 7. It stopped on Sept. 5 last year.
Suffolk Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), who lobbied to create the service, said that when the program ended last year, many riders who used the bus service for work in the summer tourism industry had no other way to get to work on Sunday. He said many of the Sunday trips had standing room only.
The S92 route, which had 4,828 passengers last year, loops from Orient Point to East Hampton Village, making eight stops including Sag Harbor. The 10C route, which had 1,033 passengers, stops in Montauk, Amagansett and East Hampton Village.