Westchester County Executive George Latimer returned to his hometown of Mount Vernon to speak to Bee-Line bus riders about the County’s free fares program this summer. The Bee-Line Bus System offers a greener, more cost-effective way for residents to travel the County. Latimer is encouraging Westchester County residents to ditch the pump, and get free rides all summer long on the Bee-Line.

The promotion began June 1 and is valid through Labor Day on all routes in the fixed route bus system, including the express route into Manhattan, the BxM4C. Free rides are also valid on the Bee-Line ParaTransit system. Ridership is up approximately 20% on weekdays, 50% on Saturdays and 30% on Sundays compared to levels in May 2022 when fares were being collected.

Watch the County Executive speak with riders.

Latimer said: “We are in a tough inflationary time, everyone is feeling the financial pinch. We want to give people a reason to get on the bus and the opportunity to save some money. We take great pride in the fact that our buses are safe, clean and accessible. From Yorktown to Yonkers, we have a robust system that can get you where you need to go.

For more information about the free rides program call (914) 813-7777. An information agent is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Bee-Line is Westchester County's bus system, serving over 27 million passengers annually with convenient service connecting residents to jobs, recreation, shopping and other regional transportation services. It is the second largest transit bus fleet in New York State, operated by the County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T).

Over 65 percent of all Westchester County residents are within walking distance of a Bee-Line bus route, making the bus both close and convenient. The system has over 3,300 bus stops and almost 60 routes. All Bee-Line buses are accessible, and designed with many accessibility features including “kneeling” buses, ramps and lifts.