- Anchors away and all hands on deck, the Peconic Bay Water Jitney launches June 28 with passenger travel between Sag Harbor and Greenport.
Suffolk County gave its final approval and with the two towns working out the parking issues East Enders on both forks will now have a fast, fun and economical way to travel between these two popular harbor towns. Merchants in both towns embraced the idea as it should increase foot traffic to their businesses.
"The Water Jitney helps to address the lack of north and south bound transportation options on the East End and we believe it will also promote the areas' natural assets helping to stimulate economic growth," said Hampton Jitney
President Geoffrey Lynch.
The brain child of Response Marine and the Hampton Jitney, the ferry will have a trial run from now until the end of the summer to determine if it is a financially viable undertaking. The ferry will leave from Long Wharf in Sag Harbor and Mitchell Park in Greenport with seven trips a day from each port Monday-Thursday, eight trips Friday-Saturday and six trips on Sunday. The first ferry leaves Greenport at 7 a.m. and the voyage is approximately 40 minutes.
The parking issues have been solved by both towns using the summer's empty school parking lots at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor and the Greenport School on the North Fork. The Hampton Jitney will provide shuttle service from the schools to the marinas. There will also be a free shuttle that leaves from the Lumber Lane municipal parking lot in East Hampton 45 minutes prior to each departure.
A one way adult fare is $11 or $20 round-trip and kids 13 and under travel one way for $6 or round-trip for $11 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There is no charge for luggage, bicycles or pets.
Tickets can be purchased on board or at the Hampton Jitney offices in Greenport and Southampton. Reservations can be made online or by calling 631-702-8300. The ferry is air-conditioned, handicap accessible, has a bathroom and holds 53 passengers.
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Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com