Bus riders in Northport will have a new route to get to and from Northport Harbor, starting Sept. 30.
Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone announced a change in the Huntington Area Rapid Transit (HART) bus route serving Northport village in response to village concerns after new routes were implemented system-wide earlier this year. Due to the changes, the H40 route will no longer travel on Scudder Avenue as it goes to and from Northport Harbor and instead will run both ways on Main Street.
In January, HART, the only Town-operated bus system on Long Island, put into effect the first significant route and schedule changes to its system since it began operating in 1978. The changes replaced the existing three routes with four new routes, adding 20.5 miles to the system.
According to a press release, the new routes incorporated suggestions raised at two public information sessions after the changes were first proposed, as well as in letters, e-mails and comment forms left on the buses. However, after the new routes were implemented, some residents expressed to village officials concerns about traffic and safety on Scudder Avenue.
“I am pleased that we could make the desired change, eliminating bus traffic on Scudder while maintaining bus service to Northport Harbor that local merchants had said was important to their business,” Petrone said in a statement. “I thank village officials for bringing this situation to our attention and am glad we could come to an amicable resolution.”