A highly sought-after shuttle bus on West Shore Road in Port Washington has begun a yearlong pilot program.
The program, which began Jan. 21, comes after representatives of the Amsterdam senior living community and the nearby industrial park reached out to Nassau County Legislator Delia Deriggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) two years ago.
She has been holding meetings with representatives from both the Amsterdam and the industrial park and the Nassau Inter-County Express bus system since she was made aware of the need.
“Our committee has worked very hard to get it going and I thank everyone for all their efforts,” she said in a statement. “We’re also grateful to State Assemblyman Tony D’Urso, who was able to help the County fund the pilot.”
Employees of the industrial park had a three-mile walk to work from the Roslyn train station.
The 15-seater handicapped-accessible bus runs on a loop between the Roslyn and Port Washington Long Island Rail Road stations.
The shuttle bus makes stops at South Maryland Avenue and Main Street in Port Washington, two blocks from the Port Washington train station; the Amsterdam, at Fairway Drive and West Shore Road; 88 Seaview Drive, at the end of the cul de sac; Industrial Park Drive; the Roslyn Clock Tower; and Lincoln Avenue, one block north of the Roslyn LIRR station.
Passengers must hail the bus at the designated stops.
The bus operates from 6:15 to 10:30 a.m. and again from 2:15 to 9 p.m during weekdays.
The bus schedules are organized to correspond with train times at the two LIRR stations it stops at. Riders can transfer without cost to the Manorhaven-to-Mineola bus route, as well as connect to the Hempstead Transit Center route.
Fares are the same as that of the fixed route buses, and passengers can ride free from Feb. 18 to 22.
The story has been updated to accurately reflect the Amsterdam at Harborside as a senior living community.