Hampton Hopper bus service has launched a Kickstarter to expand their reach locally with a new loop exclusive to Montauk.
Launched in 2014, Hampton Hopper sought to provide affordable and convenient transportation to locals and visitors striving to enjoy all the Hamptons has to offer without having to sit behind the wheel. The idea, they say, could take more cars off the road and cut down on the region’s famous grueling traffic. The service is based around a downloadable iPhone app that displays the location of the shuttle, lists the stops and when the next bus will arrive.
Currently, Hampton Hopper includes a loop beginning in Sag Harbor Village, making stops in East Hampton Village; Moby’s East Hampton; Amagansett Village; Lunch, aka The Lobster Roll, in Amagansett; and Cyril’s Fish House; Kirk Park Beach; Montauk Village; Swallow East & Gosman’s Dock; Sole’ East; Ruschmeyer’s and the Surf Lodge—all in Montauk.
The newly proposed Montauk loop would begin at Gurney’s, stopping at Ruschmeyer’s, The Surf Lodge, the Hampton Jitney stop, The Point/ Memory Motel, Kirk Park Beach, The Ocean Resort Inn/Montauk Blue Hotel, Montauk Beach House, Montauk Yacht Club, Uhleins, and Swallow East & Gosman’s Dock, concluding at the Montauk LIRR station, running in 40 minute intervals.
With the new shuttle line, the Hampton Hopper hopes to alleviate the traffic congestion around Montauk, offer a way to get around the newly imposed parking restrictions and improve road safety by offering an alternative to impaired driving.
The Kickstarter aims to earn $35,000 in donations. Any amount over $35,000 will be used to update the current app, expand the shuttle’s service and reduce bus fares. However, there is a catch— If the Kickstarter reaches to $85,000, transportation on the Montauk Line will be free! (FREE!)
As of Wednesday, May 11, the Kickstarter campaign had earned $4,103, with 35 days to go.
Hampton Hopper runs Thursday–Sunday, until 2 a.m., Memorial Day weekend through to Labor Day, with unlimited daily ride tickets, covering all loops, for $20. Unlimited daily passes for the Montauk loop would be $15 and individual rides would be $7. Season passes are currently available for the early bird price of $99.