Short History of The Jitney:

Jim Davidson, a former advertising art director who lived in the Hamptons, founded Hampton Jitney in 1974.   Mr. Davidson wanted to establish a convenient means for traveling between the towns and villages of the Hamptons.   Hampton Jitney started by using vans and transporting people and their bicycles between eastend locations.   As the company progressed, Davidson saw a need to provide transportation between New York City and the Hamptons and established daily trips.   At first, these trips were on a demand basis but before long, a definitive daily schedule was established.

By the late 70's Hampton Jitney had acquired a fleet of coaches and began running hourly service to and from New York City and the Hamptons.   In the 80's Hampton Jitney's services expanded and began running year round.  At this time the long stand company policy to always operate scheduled services was established.   Shortly after Hampton Jitney expanded services by adding the Westhampton Line, which services Hampton Bays, East Quogue, Quogue, and Westhampton.    Since the early 80's, Hampton Jitney has also operated the Suffolk County Transit Routes under a negotiated contract with the County.  

In 1988 the company was acquired by another local family. The Lynch's actively operate the company today as they have for the last twenty plus years.   During the mid to late 90's the Lynch's acquired numerous additional coaches to meet the demand for quality and uncompromised service to and from New York City and the East End.   In order to meet the needs of local businesses, organizations and schools Hampton Jitney opened charter and tour divisions, providing individual and group tours to a host of destinations.

In the fall of 1997, Hampton Jitney acquired the assets of Happy Trails Inc. a charter and tour bus service located in Cape Coral, Florida.   This division operated out of Cape Coral utilizing Hampton Jitney equipment and employing about 50 people.   Due to downturns in the charter and tour business in the operating areas this location was closed in September 2003.

In November of 1990, Hampton Jitney launched their Florida service, which provided "snow birds" with an alternate way to travel to and from New York and Florida.   When the service first started Hampton Jitney serviced just the East Coast of Florida.   By 1994 the service expanded into the West Coast and Hampton Jitney has been servicing both Coasts ever since.

In February 2006, Hampton Jitney acquired the line run and charter business from Sunrise Coach Lines, a privately owned bus company in Greenport, NY.   This acquisition allowed Hampton Jitney to expand its services on the North Fork of Long Island, providing mirror image of the services provided on the South Fork.   By 2007, Hampton Jitney began service to Brooklyn and now also serves Downtown Manhattan area.

Hampton Jitney is deeply involved in the community in which it has served for the last 35 years.    It has many philanthropic ties and gives back whenever possible.   It is also one of the largest employers on the East End of Long Island.






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