Great Neck Buzz shuttle service to get some tweaks

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When the Great Neck Buzz shuttle service debuted in January, local officials praised the initiative. (Photo courtesy of Great Neck Buzz)
When the Great Neck Buzz shuttle service debuted in January, local officials praised the initiative. (Photo courtesy of Great Neck Buzz)

The buzz of the town is taking a break.

The Great Neck Buzz, a subscription-based shuttle service for commuters formed in partnership with Transdev – which operates the NICE bus system – and the Great Neck Park District, debuted in January.

Buzz featured pickups and drop-off points planned in advance built around subscriber preferences and ferried commuters into 14-person vans to and from the train station at peak hours.

It targeted areas with higher concentrations of commuter parking lot users in hopes of easing stress on parking lots and reducing reliance on cars in the Great Neck area.

But while shuttle service’s pilot period is over, the program will be coming back after getting some tweaks, the Great Neck Buzz posted on Facebook March 5.

“On behalf of Buzz and the Great Neck Park District, we would like to thank you for riding with us during our pilot program,” the group posted. “We are now working to optimize the service thanks to your ridership data and performance feedback. We hope to be back on the road soon!”

Great Neck Park District Commissioner Bob Lincoln said some of the changes could include dropping people off closer to the train station in Great Neck Plaza and working out issues for getting to trains in the afternoon.

“They’re going to rework it and come back in about a month with a revised plan that’s going to be a little more responsive to what the commuters are looking for,” Lincoln said on Monday.

“We don’t have a specific date yet, but NICE bus and Transdev are already working on making some changes and adjustments,” Lincoln added.

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