MyRye.com had reported an April 5th date shut down date on Tuesday when we wrote about the planned shut down. The bus route carries an estimated 225 passengers per day at an annual cost of $242,114, according to Myers.
Lawrence Salley, Commissioner of the Westchester Department of Transportation (phone 914-813-7715) is scheduled to meet with the County Executive's office today to discuss an alternative to cutting this service. Now Salley is the same guy that sent the letter notifying Port Chester-Rye Transit, Inc. (AKA County Coach), the operator of Route 76, that the service was being nuked, so we don't get it… We are guessing he won't be taking the bus to the meeting..
Myers says she is on the case: "we're working on this as we speak! The county DOT is working with the administration to see if there might be another way to cut spending and NOT cut this route…. my understanding is that it [the closure] impacts Port Chester residents who work in Rye and Rye seniors who are without cars."
Why doesn't Myers or someone get on the horn to former Rye Corporation Counsel Kevin Plunkett who as of January 1st works as Deputy Westchester County Executive for Rob Astorino? And isn't it interesting that, according to Wikipedia, all Westchester Bee Line bus routes are run by Liberty Lines with the exception of only four lines including Route 76 which is the single line operated by County Coach. Is someone picking on the little guy?
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