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Rye Hosts Hearing on Defunct Milton Point Bus Line

RYE, N.Y. — The City of Rye will host a public hearing on the Route 76 bus line that was terminated in December by County Executive Rob Astorino because of a lack of ridership.

The elimination of the bus line, which serviced Milton Point through the Kohl's Shopping Center in Port Chester, has stranded Milton Point seniors, their home care aides and commuters who relied on the service between the two communities, according to state legislator Judy Myers, D-Larchmont.

The public hearing was called by a joint meeting of the County Board of Legislators' Budget and Appropriations Committee and Government Operations Committee. It will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Rye City Hall.

Led by Milton Road resident Arthur Stampleman, an informal coalition has been speaking out in favor of restoring service to Milton Point at many City Council meetings.

"There are other bus routes in Westchester that carry fewer riders and yet maintain service levels," Stampleman said at a January meeting of the council. "The county's investment in public transit is the right thing to do."

According to Myers, Astorino's decision to eliminate the line without a public hearing violates the county charter.

On Jan. 18, a news conference and public protest was staged at the location of a former bus stop in front of Milton Harbor House on Milton Road in Rye. It was attended by Myers and many of the line's former riders.

On Feb. 2, Myers and the government operations committee passed a petition to the state protesting Astorino's plan to recoup the lost service by expanding bus Route 13.

Tuesday's public hearing is on an application from the Liberty Lines bus company to expand Route 13 to include Milton Point. Myers will attend with fellow legislator Catherine Borgia, D-Ossining.

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