9 Jun 20180 Comments
What offers safe, reliable and economical transportation in and around Westchester, and is a fully accessible bus service with senior reduced fares and free transfers?
If you said the Westchester Bee-Line System, you’re correct! With over 3,300 bus stops and 60 routes, the Bee-Line bus offers passengers the freedom and independence to explore and enjoy many destinations in and around Westchester County. Yet, many older adults are not familiar with how to ride the Bee-Line and overlook the bus as a viable transportation option.
So, here are some helpful facts you should know about the Bee-Line System:
Fully accessible service:
Why take a bigger step than you need to? The Bee-Line System offers fully accessible bus service, making it easier for you to board and exit the bus. Every Bee-Line bus can “kneel,” which means that the entrance can be lowered to shorten the distance you have to step to board the bus. Each bus is also equipped with a wheelchair lift or ramp. The driver will be happy to kneel the bus for you and make it much easier to step on board. If you cannot use stairs, the Bee-Line bus driver can easily deploy a ramp or lift to help you on board. You must ask the driver to use the lift or ramp. If you’re standing, using a wheelchair or in a scooter, the driver will tell you how to use the lift, based on your needs. For your safety, always remember to hold the handrails.
Paying Your Fare:
If you are at least 65 years old, you pay a reduced fare of $1.35 per ride. For easier travel, apply for a Reduced Fare MetroCard that is personalized with your name and photograph.
Using your Reduced Fare MetroCard:
There are three ways you can use your Reduced Fare MetroCard:
1. Show it to your bus driver as your ID and pay your fare with exact change.
2. Add money to your Reduced Fare MetroCard and use it as a debit card.
3. Sign up for the EasyPay automatic refill payment option using your debit or credit card.
Please have your Reduced Fare MetroCard out and ready before you board the bus.
Using coins to pay your fare:
Dollar bills and pennies cannot be used in the fare box. If using coins, please have exact change ready when boarding the bus, as bus drivers are unable to make change.
Your bus fare includes one free transfer to other Bee-Line buses and to MTA subways and local buses in the Bronx. If paying with coins, ask the driver for your transfer ticket as you board. If you are using a MetroCard, your transfer will register electronically when you dip your card into the fare box.
For individuals who enjoy using a computer, you can visit the Bee-Line online at www.westchestergov.com/beelinebus to accesses bus schedules, maps and general bus information. To get real-time Bee-Line information, visit GOOGLE MAPS online. For more information on accessing Google Maps visit http://transportation.westchestergov.com/bee-line/bee-line-real-time. If a phone call is more your style, a dedicated, live Information agent is a phone call away, at 914-813-7777, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. An automated phone system is also available 24 hours per day.