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Gov. Cuomo Announced $120,000 For Uninterrupted Weekend Service To Jones Beach

May 30, 2019 - 2:04 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Governor Cuomo announced that $120,000 in state funds willl be used to ensure the Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) buses can offer uninterrupted weekend bus service to Jones Beach State Park through mid-September.

"Jones Beach State Park is one of our most popular and treasured destinations in the state," Governor Cuomo said. "If the park is open, it should be accessible without interruptions in the transportation that visitors rely on to get there. Weekend bus service to Jones Beach is essential for visitors as well as the local Long Island economy that relies so heavily on tourism."

Weekend service provided by NICE Bus was scheduled to end after Memorial Day and restart on June 22, through through Labor Day.

Acting New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, "Thanks to Governor Cuomo's leadership, critical public transportation services are being restored to the world famous white-sand Jones Beach State Park. Unparalleled State support for Long Island's public transportation network ensures that the region remains economically competitive by facilitating tourism and enhancing employment opportunities."Bus service will begin in Freeport at 8:30 a.m. and the last bus will depart Jones Beach at 8:55 p.m.

A roundtrip bus ticket to Jones Beach will cost is $5.50 from the Freeport LIRR station.

An estimated 16,000 weekday riders will benefit from this restored service.

Acting New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, "Our state's parks are premier summer destinations and economic engines for local communities. I applaud the Governor for making sure visitors can plan their trip to Jones Beach without worrying about interruptions in the bus service."