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The South Fork Commuter Connection (SFCC) is a coordinated, intermodal transportation service in which transit users ride the Long Island Railroad and then transfer to a Town provided shuttle bus.
This service is designed to bring workers from one of three LIRR stations west of the Shinnecock Canal to one of the LIRR stations east of the canal on weekday mornings. The Town provided shuttles will take these train riders to local places of employment in the morning; and the process is reversed in the afternoon, bringing trains users back to the stations via shuttle buses to board one of two westbound return trips.
The Long Island Railroad operates the train portion of the service. The Towns of East Hampton and Southampton will operate the connecting shuttle bus service which link to the train stations in their Town. These shuttles are for use by those who purchase a train ticket, ride the train and retain an LIRR ticket stub as a voucher for using the bus shuttle.
Those who utilize the train portion of this intermodal service, but cannot utilize the shuttle bus portion due to a disability or impairment related condition, are eligible to receive paratransit services in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Suffolk County Transit, which operates public bus service throughout the County and is the designated transit agency for Suffolk County, can provide paratransit service through its existing Suffolk County Accessible Transportation (SCAT) program.
SFCC related paratransit service between the train stations and the local employment centers would be for train arrivals and departures linked to the local shuttle bus services available at the stations east of the Shinnecock Canal. The users trip would originate at the train station in conjunction with the morning east bound train arrivals; and the users’ return destination would be the train station, in conjunction with an afternoon westbound departing train. (Paratransit services not related to the South Fork Commuter Connection intermodal service are also available through the Suffolk County Transit SCAT program.)
Eligibility for paratransit must be established prior to use, so enrollment in the SCAT program or comparable ADA paratransit service is required before service may be requested through the Suffolk County Accessible Transportation service system. Suffolk County Accessible Transportation (SCAT) ID cards are required for Suffolk County residents to utilize this paratransit service. Please see the link below for complete information on the SCAT application and reservations process.
Any individual who does not qualify for SCAT services, but is planning to use the SFCC train & bus service and is in need of a wheel chair lift equipped vehicle to get from or to the train station, should contact Hampton Hopper @ 631-259-7076 no later than 2PM the day before they plan to travel.
The days and times of service are compatible with the limited SFCC shuttle service schedule:
Payment for paratransit rides. Passengers using the SCAT service have two options for payment, depending on the ticket they purchase for travel.
A rider who purchases the LIRR-SFCC ‘deals and getaways’ ticket package should give the paratransit vehicle driver the shuttle bus ticket they receive as part of their LIRR ticket package for payment.
A rider who opts to purchase the special LIRR discount fare ticket offered to those with disabilities should pay the SCAT driver $4, which is the normal SCAT service fare and payment process.
Package Ticket Includes:
SFCC package tickets are available for sale from Bellport to Montauk at LIRR stations with open ticket windows and full service (gray/blue colors) ticket vending machines (TVM’s) – package tickets are not sold through eTix, MTA’s mobile ticket App. To purchase tickets from TVM’s, select “Deals & Getaways” on the main screen, then “Long Island Getaways” followed by selecting “South Fork Commuter Connection.” You will be asked to choose your departing station only. Since SFCC package tickets are valid for travel between Bellport and Montauk, the TVM’s will default to Montauk as the destination station.
Customers are encouraged to purchase two packages at the same time to use one rail/bus combo for the return trip. Tickets are valid for 60 days from the date of sale and each combo package is refundable for 60 days from date of sale (subject to a $10 refund processing fee per transaction, including multiple ticket purchased together in one transaction). Customers can purchase multiple tickets each time. A maximum of 24 tickets can be purchased in a 24hr period by credit card, while there is no ticket limit when paying with cash.
The LIRR has offered to provide employers with tickets in bulk that can be packaged into ticket books for sale/distribution to their employees. For more information on how this can be arranged, please call 631-702-1753.
Employers and employees all over the South Fork have varying work schedules and work out of a variety of locations. The Towns can help provide guidance on how to arrange ‘flex hour’ schedules for employees and discuss options on employer involved local job site transportation ideas.
The 511NY Rideshare Team (GRP)
The GRP serves as a back-up plan for regular ridesharing members who miss their carpool, vanpool or public transit option from work due to an unexpected emergency. During these unexpected situations, 511NY Rideshare will cover the cost of a taxi from work for members who commute sustainably three or more times per week.
Questions? Email Lainey Benson, Local GRP Administrator, at email@example.com.
Service disruptions could possibly occur under extreme weather situations such as severe snowstorms or other major events. The LIRR and the Towns will be proactive in providing advance notice of any expected changes in service through local media as well as electronic/social media.
The LIRR and the Towns will provide notice of any service changes via our websites and social media. We encourage anyone who uses, or may use these services to sign up for information updates via these outlets: Sign up for NOTIFY ME SFCC - News and notification on the Town of Southampton Website and/or our Southampton Town Facebook
No, bus shuttle vouchers can only be purchased with SFCC tickets and cannot be purchased separately. The shuttle is available only for connecting trains (please check posted SFCC schedules).”
The ticket you purchase is valid on any LIRR trip, however connecting shuttle bus services are only available on the SFCC designated trips.
Bicycle Policy Information
LIRR Bicycle Permit
Passengers who qualify for MTA/LIRR discounted fares for travel on the train as seniors or disabled are not required to purchase the LIRR-SFCC ‘deals & getaways’ ticket package to use the connecting shuttle busses. The shuttle bus ticket normally included in this package will not be needed for payment to the shuttle bus driver, as long as the passenger is able to show identification which qualify them for discounted travel.
To qualify as either a senior; a disabled person; or a Medicare reduced fare (no shuttle ticket) traveler, a passenger must meet one of the criteria below:
Passengers with disabilities who require the use of paratransit/SCAT services for connecting shuttle services should review the posted FAQ which addresses this process.