Legislators Announce Trailways Bus Service Agreement For Greene County

May 9, 2007
HUNTER -- Adirondack Trailways service will be retained in Cairo and Hunter-Tannersville, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Milford) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I – Schoharie) announced today. The legislators unveiled the agreement between the state and Trailways that will ensure that areas where bus routes had been cancelled will receive full service.

“I got involved in this issue last year at the request of then-Tannersville-Mayor Gina Legari and other local officials who were concerned about Trailways terminating local service to these key mountaintop towns,” said Senator Seward. “My staff and I attended numerous meetings to bring pressure to bear on DOT and Trailways to develop a plan that would meet the needs of our constituents. Many people in Greene County rely on the services of Trailways both for personal transportation and in support of our local tourist industry.”

“It was vital to the area’s economy that we reach this agreement,” said Assemblyman Lopez. “This solution offers the best of both worlds – restoration of service to the Mountaintop, along with continued service in Cairo.”

Recently service to Hunter-Tannersville was stopped as Trailways experimented with different routes through the county. Efforts to draw attention to the Mountaintop initially became more complex as Cairo residents began to raise concerns over the potential loss of service.

Greene County Legislator Larry F. Gardner (D – Hunter) observed that, “The cooperative and successful efforts of Senator Seward, Assemblyman Lopez, Greene County Officials, the Tannersville Village Board and the Hunter Town Board exemplify government working at its best for the good of the community.”

As a result of the collective efforts, Adirondack will now run year-round service from Phoenicia to Tannersville, Haines Falls and Hunter 7 days per week, and will provide a morning connector trip to NYC from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 7 days per week. Equally important, service in Cairo will also continue uninterrupted.

“Many people have worked very hard to see this happen. It’s a good day,” concluded Lopez.