UPDATE: Coach USA/Short Line bus drivers went on strike as of 12:01 am this morning, forcing the company to cancel transportation into Manhattan for nearly 1,000 Rockland commuters.
About 240 drivers, mechanics and ticket agents who belong to Local 225 of the Transport Workers Union of AmericaÂ failed to reach a contract with Hudson Transit Lines, a Coach USA subsidiary.
The strike would affect about 750 commuters who use Coach USA’s Express service from the Exit 14 park and ride lot in Nanuet and another 250 or so who catch Short Line buses from Suffern to midtown and downtown.
For more information call the CoachUSA at 800-631-8405 or go to www.coachusa.com/shortline for bus schedules for working routes.
In preparation for the bus strike, the MTA’s Metro-North Railroad and the New York state Department of Transportation released their plan to help ferry commuters into the city.
Here’s the news from MTA:
In the face of a potential strike by employees of Coach USA/Short Line bus company at midnight tonight, MTA Metro-North Railroad is making plans to increase service on the Port Jervis Line, the Newburgh to Beacon bus and the Newburgh to Beacon ferry.
Starting Friday morning, NJTRANSIT will be prepared to operate two extra trains from Suffern to relieve overcrowding through the end of the strike. On Friday only – one extra train from Harriman will operate if needed to accommodate any overcrowding. And in the afternoon NJTransit will add a car to the 4:08 p.m. from Hoboken due Port Jervis at 6:14 p.m.
There is available parking at all Port Jervis Line stations from Harriman to Middletown.
On Tuesday, NJTRANSIT will be prepared to operate two extra trains from Suffern through the end of the strike in the AM peak.
On Tuesday, Metro-North also will add extra Newburgh-Beacon ferry service connecting to Beacon station on the Hudson Line. For a ferry schedule please check the MTA web site noted below.
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will be adding additional bus service through its contract with the Newburgh Beacon Bus Shuttle serving Route 17K Park and Ride in Orange County and the Metro-North Beacon train station. NYSDOT will also provide available updated traveler information at www.trips123.com and www.travelinfony.com.
Additional information will be available at mta.info
Stay tuned for more strike info.
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