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BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Lining up for a victory Tuesday at the Westchester County Center.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Lining up for a victory Tuesday at the Westchester County Center.

As the Island boys gear up for one of their biggest challenges of the season tomorrow at SUNY New Paltz, playing for a regional championship, here’s an inside look from the spectators’ perspective on the victory Tuesday over Clark Academy.

At 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, a Hampton Jitney bus was parked in the Wades Beach parking lot.  Shelter Island boys varsity basketball fans wearing blue and gray streamed onto the bus for the three-hour trip to the New York state southeast regional semifinals in White Plains. (more…)

01/22/13 10:04am

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Hampton Jitney has opened up two new bus routes to run between the North Fork and New York City.

The Hampton Ambassador, a coach bus service, will now include a route along the North Fork on Friday and Sunday evenings, with stops along the North Fork.

The bus will run eastbound on Friday evenings and westbound on Sunday nights with stops from Greenport to the Tanger Outlet Center before heading into New York City.

The company had done trial runs of the new route previously, but recently added it permanently to its schedule, a Hampton Jitney employee said.

The buses feature wireless Internet and free movies during the trip, according to the company. Reservations can made by calling(631) 283-4676.

psquire@timesreview.com

01/11/13 12:00pm

COURTESY PHOTO | The Greenport-Sag Harbor water taxi seen in its inaugural, and most likely last, season.

While he’s not officially pulling the plug on the Peconic Bay Water Jitney, partner Geoff Lynch told Times/Review Newsgroup Thursday it would take a “multi-million dollar” infusion of money for the Greenport-Sag Harbor water taxi service to sail again this summer.

Mr. Lynch, who confirmed an earlier report this week after he spoke at the Sag Harbor Village Board, is president of Hampton Jitney, which partnered with Mattituck businessman Jim Ryan in a pilot program last summer. Hampton Jitney can’t put up the money it would take to keep the enterprise afloat, Mr. Lynch said.

“We can’t do it alone,” he added.

There were no expectations the business would make money on the initial season, Mr. Lynch said, but there were higher expectations on numbers of passengers taking the excursions around Shelter Island to both forks.

At the end of the season Mr. Lynch told the East End Transportation Council — a group of representatives from the five eastern towns exploring transportation services — the water taxi carried about 15,000 passengers since it launched in June 2012. Those who used the service praised it, Mr. Lynch said.

“We had nothing but positive feedback,” he said.

He said he hopes that at some point there will be water-borne service on Peconic Bay such as the water taxi offered, but held out little hope for the 2013 season.

He is expected to carry the same message he gave to the Sag Harbor Village Board last week to Greenport at that Village Board work session on Tuesday, January 22, or the regular meeting on Monday, January 28.

jlane@timesreview.com