Originally Posted by Buscape
When I went to Stony Brook we would sometime take Suffolk buses to Smithhaven Mall. They are by far the worst public buses I have ever been on.
Alot depends on the company. CBS Lines which operates the S60 in Stony Brook(as well as the S62,S56,S58,S71,S76,5A) does a pretty good job.
Suffolk Bus Corp which runs the 3D is pretty bad. Their buses often dont have a/c and always very late. The 3D comes from Brentwood and CI though, which probably messes things up. Worst buses in Suffolk though as I said before are out east. The S92 is pathetic, the schedule is merely a suggestion as buses are usually always late by 20 minutes or more.
HJ/Sunrise Coach operates those routes.
Intercounty has a lot of good routes. The main prob with Suffolk Transit overall is the limited service hours. Suffolk is the only county downstate to have no bus service at all on Sundays. Even Rockland county has sunday service! The buses stop running way too early at night, like 6-7pm.
There are some folks calling for MTA to take over Suffolk Transit, which may help. Generally compared to Suffolk, the MTA operates better service here in Nassau. And with MTA now managing things (LI Bus is merged into MTA Bus) service here has improved quite a bit in just the past year, although there's still inadequate service on certain routes which means they are very crowded.
Also I think SUNY now provides a bus to Smith Haven Mall.