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Apr 20, 2016 11:50 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Westhampton Beach Village Board Postpones Hampton Jitney Decision

A new Hampton Jitney bus stop could be coming to Westhampton Beach this summer. BY ERIN MCKINLEY
Apr 21, 2016 1:46 PM

UPDATE: Thursday, 12:30 p.m.

The Westhampton Beach Village Board opted not to approve a pair of stops for the Hampton Jitney at the work session on Wednesday night after hearing concerns from village residents.

Questions included available parking for people making day and overnight trips to Manhattan, adding traffic to a busy village street next to a playground, and cars having to go around the buses while they stop to load and unload passengers. Some neighbors also cited noise complaints, adding that the bus would be entering the neighborhood several times a day.

“I work on Main Street and a lot of times that parking lot is blocked because there are cars making the turn and it is dangerous,” Allison Galasso, a real estate agent, said. “To bring in more cars, not only cars from people parking to get on the bus, but say on a Thursday when there is the concert on the green and you have 30 people coming off the bus with people rushing to pick them up, where are all of those cars going?”

After a roughly half-hour discussion on Wednesday night, board members voted to table the discussion until they could evaluate the proposed pick-up and drop-off points, saying they would consider other village locations.

“I have to admit, I did not think about all of these ramifications, personally,” Trustee Ralph Urban said. “I want us to reconsider this as a board.”

ORIGINAL STORY

Those who catch the Hampton Jitney in Westhampton Beach could soon find it easier to get to and from the city this summer as village officials intend to approve a pair of new stops for the bus line.

According to Westhampton Beach Mayor Maria Moore, the Village Board intended to approve the new stops, both of which will be located on Mill Road, at last night’s work session.

The stop for eastbound travelers will be near the Chase Bank and is already utilized by those taking the Suffolk County bus. The westbound stop will be situated directly across the street, near the Village Green.

Ms. Moore said that the plan for the bus stop additions has been in the works for the past year. “It will provide convenience for the residents who want to take the Jitney into the city,” she said this week. “The hope is that it will also support the Main Street merchants.”

If the resolution is approved Wednesday night as expected, the current Hampton Jitney stop on Montauk Highway, located at the Casa Basso restaurant in Westhampton, is expected to eventually close, according to the mayor.

Hampton Jitney Vice President Andrew Lynch was not immediately available for comment.

According to Ms. Moore, the westbound Hampton Jitney buses will turn off Montauk Highway and onto Meetinghouse Lane on Quiogue, which eventually turns into Main Street in Westhampton Beach. The drivers will then turn right onto Mill Road, thereby avoiding the downtown business district. The buses would then proceed to Montauk Highway. The same route will be reversed for eastbound buses.

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Give us back 86th Street.
By btdt (435), water mill on Apr 20, 16 5:54 PM
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Very misleading headline
By HamptonDad (203), Hampton Bays on Apr 20, 16 9:57 PM
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Sorry for the confusion, the headline has been changed.
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (114), Westhampton Beach on Apr 21, 16 7:36 AM
I was thinking the same thing about the headline. I read it as "Hampton Jitney will no longer come to WHB Village"
By Rich Morey (349), East Hampton on Apr 20, 16 10:04 PM
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I guess there goes that parking lot by the Methodist church. All the cars left there like at Caso Baso that parking lot will be full all the time. Bad idea. I know they will say everybody else can use the lot behind the firehouse but that doesn't help the bank, Post Stop Cafe or Sextons Commons if I were those people I would fight this.
By Hollywood (85), Westhampton Beach on Apr 21, 16 12:12 AM
Now the original headline is correct!
By G (324), Southampton on Apr 21, 16 3:44 PM
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What the Village allows can have negative effects outside Village boundaries. This proposal envisions buses traveling in Quiogue, turning off westbound Montauk Highway and proceeding along Meetinghouse Road and Main Street in order to cross into Westhampton Beach, and the opposite way eastbound.

The buses operate from 5:25 AM until midnight, about 18 trips in summer and 14 in winter. That's 14 to 18 old-model diesel buses banging through this serene residential neighborhood every day, ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1927), Quiogue on Apr 22, 16 4:47 PM
I am not going to try and suggest an option that makes better sense since each would have their own merits/faults and any suggestion of a bus in the Village would involve a bus on side streets or roads ill-equipped to handle it.

I will say it is logical to have a stop actually in or near the town instead of out but he airport.

What gets me though is "“I have to admit, I did not think about all of these ramifications, personally,” Trustee Ralph Urban said. “I ...more
By Hambone (507), New York on Apr 25, 16 1:49 PM
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