Popular Bus Service to Hamptons May Raise Ticket Prices Due to NYC Congestion Pricing

New York City’s upcoming congestion pricing plan has the potential to impact fares for Hampton Jitney, a popular bus service transporting passengers to the Hamptons and Long Island’s North Fork.

The company, in an email to riders obtained by Bloomberg, warned that they might be forced to raise ticket prices due to doubling toll costs under the city’s tolling proposal.

Expected Toll Increase for Hampton Jitney:

  • Entering Manhattan south of 60th Street during peak hours will incur a $24 fee for Hampton Jitney buses.
  • While the service receives a $6 credit when using the Queens-Midtown Tunnel during peak hours, it still faces additional tolls on the tunnel itself.

Potential Impact on Passengers:

  • The increased toll costs could lead to a rise in passenger fares.
  • Currently, a one-way ticket from New York to the Hamptons costs $40 if prepaid and $47 if purchased onboard.

Alternatives for Travelers:

  • While pricier, options like Uber or helicopter rides remain available, costing up to $1,000 for a one-way seat.
  • Long Island Rail Road offers a more affordable option at $31.75, but with less frequent service.

Response from Hampton Jitney:

  • The company has not yet responded to requests for comment.

Next Steps:

  • The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) spearheading the tolling plan is expected to hold a final vote next month.
  • The new tolling structure is expected to launch in mid-June, charging vehicles entering Manhattan below 60th Street a daily fee.

Other Impacted Businesses:

  • Similar concerns have been raised by Megabus subsidiary Coach USA, which transports an estimated 12 million passengers into the congestion zone annually.

Overall, the new congestion pricing plan in New York City has the potential to impact fares for transportation services like Hampton Jitney, potentially leading to higher costs for passengers.

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