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May 10, 2017 9:47 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays To Get Trolley Service This Summer

Downtown Hampton Bays.
May 10, 2017 11:38 AM

Hampton Bays will soon have a trolley service running throughout the hamlet.

Starting on June 17, a white trolley with gold trim will be spotted transporting Hampton Bays residents and visitors to popular locations during the summer season.

The Southampton Town Board approved a $10,000 contract with the Hampton Luxury Liner at a recent meeting. Under the agreement, the company is expected to run the trolley service until September 15.

According to Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, the trolley—which he hopes will help to alleviate traffic issues in the hamlet—will make stops at the Hampton Bays train station, the Ponquogue Beach pavilion, near the Shinnecock Fish Dock at the end of Beach Road, and at Good Ground Park, among other locations.

Last year, a six-passenger, open-air electric shuttle was suggested that would have taken riders on a loop from Main Street to Ponquogue Beach free of charge. Instead, the larger, 30-passenger trolley scheduled to begin operating in June will come with a small fee.

One trolley ticket will be $5, or passengers can purchase a $10 “ride all day” ticket, the supervisor explained. Senior citizens and children will pay $3 for a ticket and children under 3 years old will ride for free. A season trolley pass also is expected to be available at $100 and, to promote its use, the first weekend of the trolley’s operation will be free for everyone.

Passengers can expect the trolley to run only on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in June, but once the summer season kicks in, it is set to operate six days a week, excluding Wednesday. It would go back to a weekend schedule in September. The idea is for it to run in a continuous loop so that it hits each stop roughly once an hour.

Although she expressed support for the concept, Councilwoman Christine Scalera indicated that she would have liked to see more discussion about the potential impact on beach parking fee revenues.

Councilman John Bouvier said he saw the first season of the trolley as a learning process, noting that it would be difficult to calculate such potential effects beforehand.

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Does nothing make you whiners happy?
By dfree (810), hampton bays on May 11, 17 9:15 AM
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This is a teriffic thing! Kudos to Jay and the board! If you've ever been to New Orleans, you will appreciate the trolley idea!
By Taz (705), East Quogue on May 11, 17 9:25 AM
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I am not saying that the trolley may not be a good thing, but they are throwing money around like drunken sailors with no plan. They spent millions of dollars on Good Ground Park with no comfort stations. They had a 90 year old man go the HBCA and say that the Town and County properties are "comfort station challenged" They have let the Ponquogue Pavilion deteriorate....let's not discuss the mess at the Old Ponquogue Bridge. They spent tens of thousands of dollars on "studies"..they are so ...more
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 11, 17 10:05 AM
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Yes, I like the image already...Jay driving the trolley with that famous sing a long .."100 bottles of beer on the wall..." (Don' t forget the hard hat Jay).
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on May 11, 17 10:32 AM
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Doesn't the board talk to each other??? Was this a bid process or paybacks? Southampton Village has a FREE one.
By knitter (1908), Southampton on May 11, 17 10:01 AM
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I think they should have an express shuttle to the town cultural center on Tiana beach......
By Rayman (64), southampton on May 11, 17 11:22 AM
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I forgot about that wonderful use of taxpayer monies....Was that ever completed? Who wanted that? How many years has been going on?
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 11, 17 12:10 PM
Wait. A slow moving, head turning oddity designed mostly for tourists who will enjoy the novelty, is actually supposed alleviate traffic???

I'll give this thing a chance - who knows, one free drunken ride and I may be singing it's praises - but there is a 0% chance this helps traffic and a 99% chance it hurts.
By Brandon Quinn (191), Hampton Bays on May 11, 17 11:42 AM
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cuantos pesos?
By Mouthampton (437), Southampton on May 11, 17 12:14 PM
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So let me get this straight..... people from all over can take the railroad (or drive there), the trolley and go to the already overcrowded beaches on Dune Road and pay no fee for the beach? Sounds like a win for everybody except the Hampton Bays taxpayer. I think the board should do a trial and error run through Southampton first.
By T818 (11), Hampton Bays on May 11, 17 1:39 PM
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Have you ever been to the beach? It's a broad expanse of sand that extends for miles. There is no overcrowding.
By VOS (1232), WHB on May 11, 17 2:59 PM
Have YOU ever been to the beach in HB since you are from WHB? The areas that have limited access may not be crowded in the summer - so are you suggesting that the Trolley drop people off in the middle of Dune Road and them climb over the dunes?
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 11, 17 3:42 PM
You have no idea where I live. Ponquogue has been my beach of choice for a number of years and I have never experienced the overcrowding of which you complain, then again I never look to park myself in front of the pavilion but prefer to enter the beach from a corner of the parking lot and head away from the core area; a short walk never hurt anyone - try it!
By VOS (1232), WHB on May 12, 17 2:06 AM
First of all your "tag" says WHB....Second, I suspect you don't bring kids to the beach....not fun being far from the bathrooms...not big on peeing in the ocean.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 12, 17 5:50 AM
and where do you think all the fish and marine mammals pee?? :p
By Jaws (244), Amity Island on May 15, 17 12:02 AM
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Wait a minute......
I never thought about that, we are hauling out of towners to our beaches for free. The same beach I pay a fee after taxes for each car I have in my household...,.
Hmmmm I fail to see the benefit for the taxpayer here, can anyone find a reason for a free beach trip to non residents?
By Rayman (64), southampton on May 11, 17 3:32 PM
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Finally we have a way to showcase our hometown,I understand it will include a stop at the historical CPI and a look across the canal at the boarded up restaurants followed by a visit to the falling into the water Ponquogue bridge then after a brief stop at the falling down pavilion we head west to the closed down clubs on Dune Rd and if you are fortunate to take this memorable trolley ride on a Sunday we will make a LONG stop at the Boardy Barn for Hot Dogs and Bud.All aboard..
By watchdog1 (542), Southampton on May 11, 17 3:38 PM
Let's not forget a brief stop at the closed diner just to round off the loop...clueless...
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 11, 17 4:46 PM
This might be the first known placement of the words "showcase" and "Hampton Bays" so close together. A lil stretch
By even flow (996), East Hampton on May 12, 17 6:41 AM
Let me get this straight. A trolley that runs north and south will help alleviate traffic that runs east and west. The town will partner with Hampton Luxury Liner that can barley run buses and has filed for bankruptcy. All aboard the magic bus.
By harbor hound (31), southampton on May 11, 17 7:06 PM
You can't make this stuff up. I wonder if they are going to have "comfort stations" on them since they forgot to put them in when they built Good Ground Park and now ran out of money to put them in.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 11, 17 9:01 PM
You are all just a bunch of trolley trolls.
By dfree (810), hampton bays on May 12, 17 7:44 AM
you have to find the humor in this. The leader of our Town thinks that a bus running north and south is somehow going to solve a traffic problem...It would be funny if it was so sad.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 12, 17 9:02 AM
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Said leader also thinks that traffic situation on Tuckahoe Rd. at the Shinnecock golf club takes priority over the traffic nightmare in this Town. Time to deal with real problems in this town and stop obfuscating with "horse and pony" showmanship.

On another note, when was this matter ever discussed at town meetings? Who else bid on this contract? 10 K seems generous to me.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on May 12, 17 9:44 AM
Somehow a music teacher and a frustrated drummer became a career politician and our Town Supervisor. I actually had high hopes for him..talked a good game...now it is one and done for me...
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 12, 17 10:01 AM
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He's not a great Town Supervisor but I understand why he has to make nice to Bloomberg. A multi Billionaire who is a representative​ from a club of multi Billionaires means the legal process can be used by them to grind everyone in the Town of Southampton to dust. The implied threat of legal liability not to mention the political pull of those poobahs is enormous.

As for the trolley, well if there are tolls there will be trolls, no doubt about that.

And if only the Honorable ...more
By dfree (810), hampton bays on May 12, 17 12:28 PM
So the Town Supervisor awards himself a $70,000 "Jayed" up vehicle to drive around town and on the beach., but the residents of HB have to pay $10 for a bus they are calling a "trolley". What happened to the free electric trolley that was proposed last year? Maybe the vendor was a friend of Jay's.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 12, 17 1:39 PM
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So HB Proud. If we don't live in HB then we can't & don't use the beaches there? Or are you just spouting yet more nonsense as usual? SHV, EH and MTK have free "shuttles" to all their beaches and many visitors take cabs. I live in Southampton (town) as my "tag" says but o visit beaches all over in season. Is that not allowed in HB? Why be so non inclusive? The HB ocean beaches are the only spot in HB that doesn't scream urban decay or neglect
By G (339), Southampton on May 12, 17 1:37 PM
If you actually do go the HB beaches, you would have noticed that the Ponquogue Pavilion "screams urban decay and neglect". So the Town Supervisor decides to invite people to a "beach party" without cleaning the beach. Ridiculous. Fabulous idea. No problem with the trolley - fix the beach first - make the trolley fun - make it free and move on. Fixing traffic? really?
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 12, 17 1:55 PM
You're right HB Proud. Me, VOS and thousands of other people who don't line in HB never visit Ponquogue beach. That makes sense.... In reality though, much like VOS & others I park to the side and walk up the other path to the beautiful beach. I haven't set foot on the pavilion since lifeguard training in the early 80's. I'm there for the beautiful beach. Your negative and defeatist/non inclusive attitude embodies all that is wrong with HB. But don't worry, your precious B Barn is open and you can ...more
By G (339), Southampton on May 13, 17 8:52 AM
Just by looking at the stops there is no reason to believe they think this will rally be used by locals. It will be used by people who get off the train, go to the beach, maybe go to a restaurant near the inlet or maybe go to the park for a picnic, get back on the train and go home. And, if they bring their own food, they can have a lovely day using taxpayers facilities at no expense to them except for the bus ride. Oops, I mean trolley ride.
By baywoman (165), southampton on May 13, 17 9:32 AM
Trolley trolls cause trouble, tourists tip and contribute to tax tolls.
By dfree (810), hampton bays on May 13, 17 10:45 AM
Well G, we are so lucky to have such wonderful people as yourself cross the Canal and bless us with your presence. I really don't know what HB would do without people like you who call HB a dump from their mansions in the Village and insult those that actually live in HB. That being said, take a good look at the Pavilion and note the 50 year old, over used, never cleaned comfort stations, broken rails, pealing paint. ..disgraceful concession stand.. The Pavilion has been in need of updates ...more
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 13, 17 7:33 PM
dtree - I think summer, part-time, and visitors add a tremendous financial value to the HB economy. The trolley may be nice, but is a consultation price for the Town not doing what they need to do to maintain their properties located in HB and not addressing the illegal use of motels and the illegally overcrowded housing. The visitors leave and the property owners are left with the eyesores and the ridiculous school taxes.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 13, 17 7:46 PM
Maybe HBP needs a geography lesson? Southampton Town encompasses both sides of the canal..... Personally, I don't need to cross the canal to get to Ponquogue beach. It sounds like HB Proud thinks HB is only for people who live in HB. That's sad and a really limited outlook. Thankfully, almost everyone I know & work with in HB does not have this limited & restrictive attitude. Maybe HB Proud wants a wall around HB so outsiders cannot enter? She really seems hell bent on keeping non HB residents out. ...more
By G (339), Southampton on May 14, 17 12:16 PM
G, - Since you think HB is a dump - not sure why you care so much, but we are so lucky to have you.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 14, 17 7:04 PM
G, HBProud is concerned about her beach becoming overcrowded just as the Picnic Area has. HBProud is very against the possibility of beach driving in Hampton Bays. She doesnt seem to understand the way the Town beaches work . Regardless, the people keep coming from ALL over HBProud, so we have to make room for everyone . We are an island surrounded by beaches ...its alot of reason why people come to the East End. I get you dont want to see changes brought about to your beach. Just be thankful a ...more
By toes in the water (884), southampton on May 15, 17 8:06 AM
TITW - Yes I am against additional vehicle beach access and I know you are a big proponent of it and we can respectfully disagree about that. This is not about the beach (sand and water) access . This is about the physical structures that Town has let fall into disrepair, the continued illegal use of motels, the development of Parks without comfort stations and limited funds to maintain and operate them. It seems that the Town Supervisor continues to come up with solutions in search of problem ...more
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 15, 17 2:02 PM
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Trolley transportation to Tiana send trolls into a tizzy.
By dfree (810), hampton bays on May 14, 17 6:55 PM
Hamptons Luxury Liner...

Didn't they go bankrupt and were bought by a limo company up from up island? Who, as a friend in the bus business says, is under capitalized?

I see this is going to be good. Get your popcorn.
By Draggerman (945), Southampton on May 14, 17 7:18 PM
Tiana transportation tolls: Tax the trolls today!
By dfree (810), hampton bays on May 16, 17 9:42 AM
What will be the route of the hampton bays trolley
By cookie mc (1), Hampton Bays on May 18, 17 10:57 AM
Starts at the abandoned diner, goes east along Good Ground Road to the overflowing garbage containers across from the RR, illegally cuts though King Kullen Shopping Center heading east and goes along Montauk Highway to the the eyesore f/k/a CPI heads south to Dune Road and passes the dilapidated Old Ponquogue Bridge and then heads west stopping at the eysores that were formerly vibrant establishments, comes back north and eventually stops at Good Ground Park so you can use the comfort stations..oh ...more
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 19, 17 5:36 AM
They should comb the beaches every week with a tractor not to spend money with a useless trollley.Tons of debris on the beaches from canal to Tiana. I live in HB now and nothing is moving just the talk.Piping plower areas are clean and they become larger and larger ,public areas become smaller every year. CPI,Neptune club, and other buildingsall in "talkings" for years "they block new constructions to be made if is private ,pavilions are falling apart and they "study",dune road they "will" raise ...more
By dany (33), Water Mill on May 20, 17 9:12 AM
The people involved in the Park Design you ask? Why don't you see who works in Town Hall that supported ATH for Congress? Very suspicion how they quickly broke ground with a ridiculous design after decades of waiting, rushed to get to complete with no comfort stations and then had a one day opening just before the election. I have no idea why the Press is not looking into this. Political Prostitution at its best with Taxpayer monies.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 20, 17 2:47 PM