June 13, 2019 By Shane O’Brien
The Hampton Jitney will be serving Long Island City this summer with a designated pick up spot in Hunters Point.
The Jitney, a popular bus service that goes from New York City to the Hamptons, is adding a Long Island City link over the summer.
The Jitney will leave from Hunters Point twice each Friday and return twice on Sunday evenings, as well as offer another dropoff on Monday mornings.
The Jitney will include the Long Island City stop on a seasonal basis. This summer, the service will go from July through October. Starting in 2020, the Jitney plans to include a Long Island City stop from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Community Board 2 Chair Denise Keehan-Smith said the board is currently working with the company to determine the best spot where passengers can be picked up and dropped off.
“The Jitney wants to be right on Center Boulevard by the (Hunters Point South) ferry stop, but we didn’t agree with that. Their second option was Center Boulevard and Borden Avenue, but we felt like that was too congested because of construction. So, we recommended Second Street and Borden Avenue,” Keehan-Smith said.
The final decision has yet to be made.
The board believes that a stop by Second Street is best because it would lead to fewer traffic problems. Additionally, it is closer to the Vernon Blvd-Jackson Ave subway stop, yet still near the ferry.
The company did not respond to calls for comment.