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'Rockabus' Shuttles Hipsters from Brooklyn to Rockaway Beach

By Smriti Rao | June 29, 2012 1:24pm
A new weekend bus service will ferry beachgoers from Williamsburg to Rockaway Beach this summer.
A new weekend bus service will ferry beachgoers from Williamsburg to Rockaway Beach this summer.
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ROCKAWAY BEACH — It's the Jitney for the hipster set.

A newly launched weekend bus service promises to transport skinny-jeans-wearing beach bunnies from Williamsburg to Rockway Beach this summer — cutting down their travel time on the A train by at least 15 minutes and saving them from having to rent a car, according to reports.   

The "Rockabus" departs every Saturday and Sunday near the Lorimer L train subway stop every 40 minutes and heads straight to Shore Front Parkway and Beach 86th Street, according to the service's website. Tickets can be bought online or at the bus stop. 

Buses run starting at 9:30 a.m., with the last bus leaving the beach at 6:55 p.m., the website added, leading the founders to tout the service as “cheaper than a car and faster than a train.”  

However, with $10 for a one-way ticket and $18 for a round-trip ride, Rockabus is pricier than a $2.25 metro card swipe, according to reports. 

Sam Morill, a 25-year old Brooklynite who co-founded Rockabus with Williamsburg-based surfer Ryan Hefner, told Capital New York they founded the service because they saw a “lot of people going out to Rockaways from the city during the weekends were coming from Williamsburg.”

Rockabus, however, won't be rocking a Hamptons' Jitney-type luxury ride.

Instead, beachgoers will be ferried to their sandy destination in an old-school yellow bus, the news site noted.

"For our American passengers, it's kind of a throwback to the way they used to get to school," Morill told the website, adding that for foreign passengers, the Rockabus provides an opportunity to ride an American school bus.

Each leg of the trip will reportedly take about 35 to 40 minutes, and the founders hope the extra minutes saved will allow more time for frolicking on the beach.

There are reportedly three buses in Rockabus' fleet, with the founders hoping to expand the service to Jacob Riis Park and Fort Tilden beaches soon.