As part of the ‘Reimagine Transit Project’, Suffolk County Executive Bellona announces upcoming public meetings and inquiry into public bus transit

This meeting will take place on Thursday, March 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced that the county will host a public information meeting as part of the next round of updates and feedback on the Reimagine Transit initiative. This meeting will take place on Thursday, March 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge. Residents will also have the opportunity to participate in this meeting virtually, via zoom.

In addition to the public meeting, the county launched a transit survey to seek feedback on the proposed new bus system. Residents looking for additional information, including registration links for community meetings and the transit survey, can Click here.

“As we continue to work on creating a transportation network that works for all of our residents, community input is essential to ensure everyone’s voice is heard,” said Steve Bellone, Director of the Suffolk County. “Upcoming public meetings and the online survey help ensure that the Reimagine Transit initiative benefits all communities in Suffolk County.”

Two virtual public meetings were held in May 2021 to share the progress of the Reimagine Transit initiative, identify public priorities and gather feedback regarding potential changes to the bus network. A public survey was conducted online and in person throughout May and June 2021 to share the two transit concepts and gather feedback from transit riders, residents and other stakeholders. The project team has incorporated these comments and is ready to present the proposed new network. During the public meetings, officials will discuss the proposed network plan and its main results, while gathering feedback from the community.

Reimagine Transit is an initiative to redesign Suffolk County Transit’s entire network of bus routes to ensure the county makes the best use of its resources and aligns its investments with community goals and priorities. The goal of the initiative, which began in September 2020 and is funded by a New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) grant, is to restructure transit services to deliver a more efficient transit system in step with emerging technologies and trends, and identify opportunities to use new tools, such as on-demand transit services. For more information on Reimagine Transit, please click here.

The initiative builds on Connect Long Island, the County Executive’s Regional Transportation and Development Plan, and the Suffolk County Mobility Study which assessed the county’s transit challenges .

In 2015, County Executive Bellone first launched his Connect Long Island initiative, a regional transportation and development plan that promotes long-term economic growth in Suffolk County through a model of access and increased mobility through alternative modes of transport. The plan supports investments in regional transit systems, such as the Long Island Railroad, the implementation of new modes of transit, the creation of transit-oriented developments, and the connection of these transit-oriented developments and from downtown areas to major research and educational institutions.