HART bus system changes effective next week

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This year's changes to the town-operated Huntington Area Rapid Transit bus system are getting tweaked in an effort to improve service and reduce waiting times.

The changes, which take effect Monday, include restoration of the stop at the Huntington Square Mall on Jericho Turnpike at Larkfield Road in East Northport on the H10 route, restoration of bus service to Depot Road in Huntington Station, and addition of direct access to the new Target store on Jericho Turnpike in South Huntington.

The wait times at Laurel and Fort Salonga roads in Northport for passengers on the H40 route will also be shortened.

In January, changes to the HART bus system were unveiled for the first time since it began in 1978.

"We said at the time that we would assess the response to the new routes and make adjustments accordingly to address current passengers' desires and to attract new riders," Supervisor Frank Petrone said in a news release. "These modifications should make HART more useful and more convenient for our passengers."

There will also be a 90-day trial period for some changes in the H20 route to improve service to the Huntington Long Island Rail Road station. Town officials will be seeking comments from the public on those changes. Information about making comments can be found on the town's website.

The address for the Huntington Area Rapid Transit is 144 East 2nd St., Huntington Station, N.Y. 11746.For general information on HART, call 631-427-8287. To file a complaint, compliment or suggestion, one can call 631-351-3056.

Anyone wishing to view the adjusted routes and schedules can find them on the town's website at http://huntingtonny.gov/content/13749/13863/17260/17204/default.aspx.

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