In the dark of night over the holiday week, it appears Westchester County boss Rob Astorino nuked the part of the 76 Bus Route that runs through Rye - from Milton Road and South Regent Street to Kohl's Shopping Center. The cut was threatened earlier in the fall.
Most insidious is the county's seaming disinterest in communicating with local outlets such as MyRye.com and at the very least coming clean and giving some notice related to their budget slashing plans. At least then folks would have time to research alternatives for themselves.
MyRye.com heard from Milton Avenue resident Arthur H. Stampleman who told us "On Wednesday, Dec. 28 Westchester County and Bee Line Bus system issued a notice canceling the 76 bus service to Milton Point in Rye as of Jan 2. Apparently the County Executive is ignoring the legislature's reinstatement of the 76 bus in the 2012 county budget. How horrible as they do not even give people a week's notice. Tuesday morning when people return to work around here after the holiday weekend they will be standing there waiting for a bus. How mean! Can they do this? This will be especially hard on senior citizens who cant drive, caregivers who depend on the bus to get to other seniors and other workers who depend on the bus to get to their jobs."
We were surprised that we got in touch with our local Weschester pol Judy Myers and asked for her take.
"Comment? Wow. I am as shocked and dismayed as Arthur is," Myers told MyRye.com. "The county executive had recommended the cancellation of this route in his proposed budget, the public responded with a resounding "no," and I as their representative fought to restore this line to benefit the ridership along Milton Road. When the restoration was vetoed, I fought to convince legislators of the need to override the veto... and we did. The budget act that was approved that reflects the continuation of this line, yet the Administration has placed notices in Rye that reflects the cancellation. Their explanation has been that the line loses money, however my understanding is that the purpose of mass transit as a consolidation is that the more profitable lines offset the lesser utilized lines. I wish I could clarify... but it's very unclear to me!"
So apparently Astorino can completely ignore the legislative process? There must be some secret governing wrinkle us common people do not understand...
Still baffled, we contacted David J. Kucera, president of County Coach Corp and Jak Rabbit Lines, Inc. who told us there is "more to the story" that he'd divulge this week.
What do you think about the cancellation of the 76 service in Rye? How will it impact you or your neighbors? leave a comment below.