Free fares end on Westchester's Bee-Line buses

Bee-Line bus riders said goodbye to their free rides Wednesday after Westchester County gave commuters free fares for 38 days to compensate for the long strike.

Transportation Workers Union members complained that Liberty Lines, which runs the Bee-Line buses, was paid by the county during the seven-week long strike. However, Liberty Lines President Jerry D?Amore say the company has not been paid by the county since January. D?Amore also says Liberty Lines does not want to be paid for the period when the buses were idle.

The free fares cost Westchester approximately $4.5 million. Commuters said they appreciated the free rides. According to county officials, ridership on the Bee-Line buses increased by 35 percent due to the free fares.

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