7Bus to Provide SBU-to-NYC Transportation Service
New daily bus service starts Dec. 9, 2013
STONY BROOK, NY, December 5, 2013 – The Stony Brook University community will soon be given a fresh alternative to travel between SBU and New York City. 7Bus, a Long Island-based transit company, will offer both direct and indirect service between the Stony Brook campus and New York City seven days a week beginning on December 9, 2013.
The new service offers westbound transportation between the Student Activities Center, Rego Park/Queens, 40th Street & 3rd Avenue, 50th Street & 3rd Avenue and 60th Street & 3rd Avenue. For eastbound travelers, bus stops in New York City are located on Lexington Avenue on 40th, 47th, and 59th streets, followed by stops in Rego Park/Queens and the Student Activities Center. The Rego Park/Queens destination will allow passengers the ability to connect with multiple subways to travel to locations in Queens and Brooklyn.
7Buses are equipped with free WiFi, plasma monitors, reclining leather seats, a newsstand library and personal power outlets. Travel time between SBU and New York City is estimated to take between 90 and 120 minutes each way; one-way fare ranges from $7 to $15 depending on demand and when a ticket is purchased.
The idea to provide bus transportation between the Stony Brook campus and New York City was initially raised by students who participated in the Transportation & Parking Advisory Group during the spring 2013 semester. The concept was reinforced when the Department of Transportation & Parking Operations and Office of Sustainability surveyed students earlier this semester. The survey received more than 1,900 responses; more than 70 percent of them were in favor of adding such a service.
“By adding 7Bus service, we enhance mass transit options for the University community, respond to student needs and further reduce our carbon footprint,” said James O’Connor, Director of Sustainability & Transportation Operations.
7Bus tickets are only available via online reservation and reservations are required in order to board the bus and use the service. 7Bus is separate from existing transportation services offered by the University.
About Stony Brook University’s Department of Transportation & Parking Operations
The Department of Transportation & Parking Operations provides essential sustainable transportation and parking solutions for Stony Brook University on the following campuses: Main Campus (East, West and South), Stony Brook Southampton, and the Research & Development Park. The Transportation & Parking Student Advisory Committee is an important group of Stony Brook University students who provide valuable feedback utilized to shape how the University operates its sustainable transportation services, biking initiatives and commuter parking projects. The Advisory Committee meets monthly during the academic year and is open to any current Stony Brook University students. Meeting schedules and locations can be found online at www.stonybrook.edu/transportation.