Free rides on Bee-Line buses cost the county $4 million

After the lengthy strike of the Bee-Line buses, Westchester County offered commuters free rides. However, those rides are costing the county approximately $4 million.

The nearly two-month long bus strike stranded 55,000 riders across the county and businesses suffered losses as both customers and employees could not get around. In an effort to compensate commuters and try to lure new riders, County Executive Andy Spano established a 39-day free fare program for the buses.

County Executive Chief Advisor Susan Tolchin defends the cost of the free-fare program to the county. Tolchin says ridership is increasing on the Bee-Line buses and hopes it will continue after the program ends next week. Critics of the county executive says the free fares were offered to offset bad publicity that would hurt Spano politically.

Related storyIn an effort to win back commuters, Bee-Line service will be free through May

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