'Every penny counts': Commuters cheer free rides on Bee-Line buses for summer
Rides on the Bee-Line Bus in Westchester County will be free beginning June 1.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer made the announcement Monday at a press conference, adding the free fares will run through Labor Day.
"That savings is profound for people who use mass transit," said Latimer.
The financial relief for commuters comes amid soaring gas prices.
Over in Rockland, fares for Transport of Rockland buses have been suspended since March 2020.
Latimer also proposed a gas tax cap of 12 cents per gallon that would run from June 1 to Nov. 30.
"The overall impact of the state and the county action together is relatively modest, about 20 cents per gallon, but there is a difference between paying $4.40 per gallon of gasoline and $4.20 per gallon," he said.
The legislation mirrors action taken in Rockland and Dutchess counties and comes after the Gov. Kathy Hochul suspended part of the state’s tax on gas.
A committee is currently reviewing the legislation.
It must be approved by the Westchester County Board of Legislators by early May in order for the gas tax cap to take effect in June.