The reason that the Purchase loop runs to both White Plains and Port Chester is simple: students live in both cities, and students work and shop in both cities. The increase in service to Port Chester came as a result of commuter students lobbying the PSGA and the PCA during the 2005-2006 school year. In a meeting between Port Chester commuters, the Commuter Student Association, the President of the PSGA, and the Executive Director of the Purchase College Association, it was determined that there was a significant enough Port Chester commuter population to justify the creation of a limited service to that city. When the bus service received a boost in funding (from combining the parking and transportation fees) we were able to provide greater service to both cities, but the boost in service to Port Chester was most notable. In the Spring of 2006 there were (X number of) daily runs to that city. In the Fall 2006 there were (Y number of ) daily runs. In the Spring 2007 there will be (Z number of) daily runs. Though this loop does not have as many riders as the White Plains loop, it must be noted that those who depend on the Port Chester loop have no viable alternative mode of public transportation because the Beeline does not run any direct routes between the campus and Port Chester. For those students, this is the only way that can get to and from class.
In addition to the commuter needs, Port Chester has much to offer in the way of employment, entertainment, and shopping. There are many excellent restaurants within a walking distance of Port Chester Metro North station, and the new $100,000,000 Waterfront complex houses a movie theater, grocery store, restaurants, and other businesses. Port Chester and White Plains are unique cities that offer different opportunities and experiences. However, Port Chester currently remains underutilized. You are encouraged to take a chance on a trip out to Port Chester and see what you discover!
A Brief History of the Purchase Shuttle
Goals of the Service
The Two Loop Structure
The Two Bus System
Combination of Parking and Transportation Fees
Past Schedules (NO LONGER ACCURATE)
Bus Stop Photographs