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Feb 26, 2019 2:42 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Long Island Rail Road Commuter Connection On Track For Monday Start

Representatives of the Long Island Rail Road appeared with state and local leaders at the Hampton Bays train station in early February to announce March 4 as the official start date of the South Fork Commuter Connection.   GREG WEHNER
Feb 26, 2019 2:52 PM

Beginning next week, commuters from western points will have the option of taking the train east to work on the South Fork, and back home in the afternoon, with shuttle buses connecting the train stations and workplaces.

The Long Island Rail Road’s Commuter Connection will kick off on Monday, making stops in Speonk, Westhampton, Hampton Bays, Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk.

With the addition of six additional trains per day east of Speonk—three one-way trips in the morning, and three in the afternoon—the Long Island Rail Road, as well as local officials like State Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr., who helped secure funding for the additional trains, hopes to alleviate car and truck traffic during the overly congested rush-hour commutes by providing a new public transportation option.

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said on Tuesday that he was hopeful that people would ride the rails, as traffic, which typically begins to build in early spring, is already starting to stack up during the morning and afternoon commutes—and it’s only February.

“The timing is perfect,” he said. “I hope more and more people will opt to ride the service. If ridership is light, it’s only because people have not yet modified their behavior and the traffic is not that bad, yet.”

In a letter to the editor, East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc urged commuters to take the train, not just to save time in the morning, but to reduce carbon emissions and pollution. “I am hoping that East Hampton commuters will take advantage of the opportunity to skirt the traffic and leave their cars at home,” he said.

The first eastbound train leaves the Speonk train station at 6:16 a.m. It will stop in Westhampton at 6:22 a.m., Hampton Bays at 6:35 a.m., Southampton at 6:45 a.m., Bridgehampton at 6:53 a.m., East Hampton at 7:03 a.m., and Amagansett at 7:08 a.m.

The second eastbound train will leave from Hampton Bays, leaving those traveling from points west left to commute to the station to embark by 8:26 a.m. The train will stop in Southampton at 8:36 a.m., Bridgehampton at 8:44 a.m., East Hampton at 8:54 a.m., Amagansett at 8:59 a.m. and Montauk at 9:19 a.m.

A third train, heading westbound during the morning hours, will leave Amagansett at 7:27 a.m., East Hampton at 7:32 a.m., Bridgehampton at 7:41 a.m., Southampton at 7:51 a.m. and arrive in Hampton Bays at 8:01 a.m.

Afternoon commuters will be able to take advantage of two westbound trains and one eastbound train.

The train heading east will leave Speonk at 3 p.m. and make stops at Westhampton at 3:07 p.m., Hampton Bays at 3:16 p.m., Southampton at 3:26 p.m., Bridgehampton at 3:39 p.m., East Hampton at 3:49 p.m., Amagansett at 3:54 p.m. and rest in Montauk at 4:14 p.m.

The first westbound train will leave Montauk at 2:48 p.m. and stop in Amagansett at 3:07 p.m., East Hampton at 3:12 p.m., Bridgehampton at 3:21 p.m., Southampton at 3:31 p.m., Hampton Bays at 3:41 p.m., Westhampton at 4:02 p.m. and Speonk at 4:14 p.m.

The second westbound train leaves Montauk at 4:50 p.m., and arrives in Amagansett at 5:09 p.m., East Hampton at 5:14 p.m., Bridgehampton at 5:23 p.m., Southampton at 5:33 p.m. and Hampton Bays at 5:43 p.m.

Additionally, the towns of East Hampton and Southampton are providing “last-mile” transportation through a partnership with the Hampton Hopper and the Hampton Jitney, which will shuttle riders to various points around the different stops.

Commuters going to Southampton will be able to take buses to Town Hall, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, Southampton Middle School, Southampton High School, Stony Brook University and numerous intersections along County Road 39, North Sea Road, Windmill Lane and Main Street.

Those going to Bridgehampton will be transported to Pierson High School, Bridgehampton High School, Sag Harbor Main Street, Bridgehampton Commons or Corwith Avenue at Montauk Highway, and commuters going to East Hampton will be taken to JM Elementary School, East Hampton High School, East Hampton Middle School, Citarella’s Market, CVS, East Hampton Town Hall, Springs School, the East Hampton Fire Department and Bistrian Gravel.

Amagansett and Montauk commuters will be dropped off at the Amagansett Library, the Town Community Development Office, Cirillo’s, Ocean Vista Resort and Goldberg’s Bagels, Gurney’s Resort, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, Gosman’s Dock and Star Island Road.

The fare will be $4.25 each way, including the free shuttle.

Schedules can be found at sfcclirr.com.

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Nice idea, but the schedule sucks. Basically if you live in Speonk or Westhampton you're screwed since there's only one train that leaves at 6:16. Your next option is to drive to Hampton Bays and get an 8:26 which kind of defeats the whole purpose.

Nice try, but it's a swing and a miss.
By johnj (1017), Westhampton on Feb 27, 19 1:14 PM
People commute to NYC at even earlier times. So sit in traffic if it makes you feel better.
By East End 2 (150), Southampton on Mar 1, 19 3:43 PM
Finally trains will run East and West locally during rush hour. Tip: ride a bicycle to the train and bring it aboard then ride it to work at your destination. Good for your health (both body and mind), and good for the environment.
By Non-Political (124), Hampton Bays on Feb 27, 19 3:12 PM
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And when you get to the office and your co-workers complain that you smell, make sure you remind them that they'll thank you when you save the planet.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7664), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 27, 19 3:22 PM
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By Non-Political (124), Hampton Bays on Feb 27, 19 7:00 PM
You know summertime is a thing, right? It's that time of year when it's hot.

How close are your home and workplace to the train station? Enjoy the ride!
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7664), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 27, 19 7:31 PM
Funny since most people commuting are construction workers how would they carry their tools. Better yet how would an electrician get to his job site. What about the hundreds of delivery trucks? No one is going to ride these trains it's ridiculous we dont have a network of connecting rides and buses. Waste of 500k.
By chief1 (2768), southampton on Feb 27, 19 10:07 PM
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I think their idea is to let construction workers remain sitting in traffic while other workers have the option of taking a quicker way to work. However, $8.50 round trip per day seems expensive.
By A Great American (98), East Quogue on Feb 28, 19 12:00 AM
Who exactly are the other workers? A giant joke
By chief1 (2768), southampton on Feb 28, 19 12:07 AM
Other workers include hospital, medical, general office, retail, school, municipal, warehouse, factory workers and more.
By A Great American (98), East Quogue on Feb 28, 19 2:08 AM
jay, gonna ride the train or bus...
By knitter (1858), Southampton on Feb 28, 19 6:24 PM
Jay said he is going to ride the train to work on opening day lol. He lives in Southampton Village. Say cheese.
By A Great American (98), East Quogue on Feb 28, 19 9:08 PM
Give it a chance. Theyve been working on it and talking about it for 20 years or more. Too much traffic. Make it $5 like the monorail to Jfk. $4.25? Whose idea was that?
By jim (48), hampton bays on Feb 28, 19 11:02 PM
So you get to the train station then what? A taxi? lol
By chief1 (2768), southampton on Mar 1, 19 4:07 PM
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