1973 - The S40 becomes the first Contracted route when Suffolk County (N.Y) contracts with MSBA (Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority), who had just taken over all the private bus routes in Nassau County, to run the route.
1975 - MSBA leaves as operator of the S40 after Suffolk County was unwilling to reimburse Nassau County, Suffolk County then Contracts with Alert Coach Lines to operate the service.
1977 - After two years of complaints about bad service provided on the S40 by Alert Coach Lines, Suffolk County again contracts out the route to MSBA, who will run the route until 1981 when Suffolk Transit is formed.
12/17/1978 - The Suffolk County Legislature refuses to fund a County-wide bus system, they also stop funding to a Brentwood-Central Islip bus program known as Dial-A-Ride.
1980-1981 - Suffolk Transit was formed by the Suffolk County (N.Y) Legislature to create a system that had one uniformed fare, and an easy way to transfer between routes, before the creation of Suffolk Transit all the routes that were run in Suffolk County were owned and run by many different bus companies which charged different fares and did not except transfers. . The Fare for the new service is $0.50, the Handicapped and Elderly fare is $0.10, Suffolk also buys second hand buses to help start service.
8/1981 - Suffolk Transit recieves their first bus order of New Flyer D901A 35102C.
1983 - Suffolk Transit fare is $0.75, Suffolk Transit is also audited by then Suffolk County Comptroller Joseph Caputo, A route from Smith Haven Mall to Brentwood Railroad Station is created and called 3D
1986 - Three operators do not return as operators of Suffolk Transit
1/16/1986 - A fire at the operator of one of Suffolk Transit's operators depots destroys 1981 New Flyer's # 800-802, 1982 Gillig Phantom 35TB102 # 818, 1969 GMC T6H4521 #528, and 1975 Flxible 45096-6-1 #828.
1987 - Suffolk Transit's third order for buses which went to Gillig for more 35TB102 Phantom's
8/17/1989 - Suffolk Transit proposes to eliminate 11 (S57,S66,1C,2A,6A,7D,7E,8A,9A,10D,10E) routes for the next year, only two routes of the 11 are still eliminated. Suffolk Transit also propose a $0.10 fare increase, because the County had a budget deficit.
5/31/1990 - A Suffolk Transit Bus was involved in a deadly accident in Medford
12/1990 - Suffolk Transit raises fares from $1.15 to $1.25, rejects the idea of raising fares any higher, again because he County had a budget deficit
12/9 - 12/10/1990 - Someone breaks into the yard of a Suffolk Transit operator and slashes the tires on five buses
1/1/1991 - Suffolk Transit ordered Seven Gillig Phantom 40TB102, and sixteen Gillig Phantom 35TB102's.
4/1991 - Suffolk Transit approves a $0.25 fare increase
7/14/1993 - It was proposed that there be two bus routes that run in the HOV lane of the LIE.
8/1993 - Twenty-seven Flexible Metro D 30096's are delivered to Suffolk Transit, 17 1982 Chance RT50's, 1 1982 Gillig Phantom, 5 1981 New Fyler's, and some second hand brought buses are retired.
9/1993 - An Article appears in the New York Times about Suffolk County's lack of service for the disabled
1994 - Suffolk Transit starts SCAT with five retrofitted buses from the 27 buses retired in 1993, Suffolk Transit gives a bus to Suffolk County Police Department.
1995 - A 1987 Gillig Phantom 35102TB burns, 9 1982 Chance RT-50's, 11 1981 New Fylers, and some second hand brought buses are retired.
1996 - Suffolk Transit orders forty-four Gillig Phantom 35TB102's
1/1996 - Suffolk Starts Express service using the LIE HOV lane called 110 Clipper, which runs 12 times a day.
1997 - Suffolk Transit orders sixteen Gillig Phantom 30TB96's
7/1/1997 - Suffolk Transit announces the possible elimination of two bus routes
1998 - The Third and last time eliminating a route, Suffolk Transit moves the bus stop at the Port Jefferson Shopping Center on Cherub Lane, a few feet, from across the street of the Bowling alley to the the Cherub Lane exit of the Shopping Center, Suffolk Transit also ban buses from cutting behind the Shopping center to serve the bus stop
4/4/1998 - A driver for a operator for Suffolk Transit was stabbed while arguing with a drunken passenger at Smith Haven Mall, the driver is the only to date to have been stabbed while on duty in the history of Suffolk Transit
4/28/1998- Suffolk County sues all six operators of Suffolk Transit
5/26/1998 - All Six Operators join forces to get the County's Lawsuit thrown out of court.
6/7/1998 - Suffolk Transit considers cutting the S110 because of low ridership, the route has ten runs which is down from 12 runs when the route debuted.
1999 - Suffolk Transit third Non Gillig Phantom order when they order forty-two Orion 05.504's, they also retire most of their 1987 Gillig Phantoms
2000 - Suffolk Transit orders Six Gillig Phantom 35TB102's with Suburban configuration for their S110 route, however due to a Gillig phantom burning down before it could be transferred to from one operator to another one bus was sent to that operator and didn't serve on the S110 until 2011, also Suffolk Transit's last bus order with Detroit Diesel Engines. Suffolk Transit expands the 3D from Smith Haven Mall to SUNY Stony Brook
6/8/2000 - A Suffolk Transit bus was involved in a deadly accident in Brentwood.
2001- Suffolk Transit celebrates its Twenty year anniversary.
5/20/2001 - Suffolk Transit creates a new route called the S71, which would travel between SUNY Stony Brook and Shirley, they also expand the service hours on the S1, S40, S45, S54, 3A and 3B
11/23/2001 - A Suffolk Transit bus was involved in a deadly accident in Mastic Beach
2/2002 - Suffolk Transit raises their fare, for the first time in about ten years, from $1.50 to $1.75 because of Suffolk County budget problems
7/2002 - Suffolk Transit resins the fare increase and the fare is brought back down to $1.50
10/1/2002 - Suffolk Transit starts a new fare for High School and College Students, the fare for them is $1.00. The full fare is still $1.50, Senior & Handicap Fare is still $0.50, and Transfers are still $0.25
4/14/2003 - Suffolk Transit stops accepting New York City Tokens
6/3/2003 - Suffolk changes their transfer system from using paper transfers to Farebox Generated Transfers
7/14/2003 - Suffolk Transit extends the 5A to Port Jefferson Station, while eliminating some areas that lack ridership. Due to the extension of the 5A, Suffolk Transit had to eliminate the S62's 3 eastbound and 4 westbound trips on North Country Road because the 5A would be traveling the same way.
5/1/2004 - Suffolk Transit sets up a Reservation Telephone Number for SCAT
10/4/2004 - Suffolk Transit extends the S71 so it can serve the recently relocated Brookhaven Town Hall in Farmingville
11/22/2004 - Suffolk Transit changes the time for the first trip of the day for the 10C leaving East Hampton
2005 - Suffolk Transit orders fifty-nine Gillig Phantom 35TB102's to replace the rest of their 1987 Gillig Phantoms, all of their 1991 Gillig Phantoms, and all their 1993 Flexible Metro D 30096's, First Bus order with Cummins Engines
5/31/2005- Suffolk Transit extends the S71 so it can service the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook on certain trips
6/27/2005 - Suffolk Transit extends the 7B so it can service the Conifer Village Senior Apartments and the Brookhaven Professional Medical Park in East Patchouge on certain trips
10/17/2005 - Suffolk Transit creates a new route called the S76, which travels between Port Jefferson Station and Stony Brook Village
10/24/2005 - Suffolk Transit extends the 8A so it can service John Wesley Village III in Riverhead
11/7/2005 - Suffolk Transit changes part of the 7E route in Mastic
7/19/2006 - A Suffolk Transit bus was involved in a accident in East Islip
11/7/2006 - A Suffolk Transit bus catches fire while entering Walt Whitman Mall
5/21/2007 - A Suffolk Transit bus was involved in a deadly accident in Blue Point
2008 - Suffolk Transit in a pact with several other New York transit agency, receives four Hybrid Electric Gillig Advantage BRT Low Floors, these buses are Suffolk's First Low Floor buses as well as their first and only Hybrid Electric Buses. These buses are used on the S1 only.
9/23/2008 - A Suffolk Transit bus is involved in an accident in Central Islip
10/6/2008 - Suffolk Transit allows SCAT drivers to help passengers from bus to the entrance of their Destination if the passenger wants, they also extend the hours of the SCAT call center
10/15/2008 - Suffolk Transit holds a bus route study on how to improve the system at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge
10/16/2008 - Suffolk Transit hold the bus route study on how to improve the system in Riverhead
10/23/2008 - Suffolk Transit extends the S27,S33, and 2A so they can service the new Tanger Outlets at The Arches in Deer Park
11/24/2008 - The first time Bike Racks are available for use on Suffolk Transit Buses
8/10/2009 - Suffolk Transit orders Orion 07.501, 07.502, and 07.503's to replace their 1996 Gillig Phantom 35TB102's, 1997 Gillig Phantoms 30TB96's, and most of their 1999 Orion 05.503's
2/1/2010 - Suffolk Transit moves the last stop of the S63 from the South Brookhaven Health Center to the Patchogue Railroad Station, because the Health Center moved across the street from the 6th District Court.
2/2/2010 - A Suffolk Transit bus was involved in a deadly accident near the Riverhead County Center. The bus involved received Major damage.
6/27/2010 - A driver for an operator of Suffolk Transit attempted to rape a passenger on a bus while on duty
9/7/2010 - Suffolk Transit moves the end terminus of the S20 from the Kohl's in Massapequa Park to Sunrise Mall
10/25/2010 - Suffolk Transit extends the S63 so it will start serving the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services building in Holtsville
11/2010 - Suffolk Transit starts receiving the 81 Orion VII's that they ordered in 2009
2011 - Suffolk Transit celebrates its Thirty year anniversary.
1/7/2011 - A Suffolk Transit bus got into an accident with a Town Of Islip garbage truck in Brentwood
1/12/2011 - Suffolk Transit does not operate because of Winter Storm Conditions.
4/26/2011 - While under repair at a Distributor for Detroit Diesel a Suffolk Transit bus was involved in a fire that had started on a school bus parked near by. The bus which was a 2000 Gillig Phantom 35TB102 Suburban was destroyed by the fire. The company that operated the bus was giving a 2000 Gillig Phantom 35TB102 Suburban that had been previously reassigned in 2000 to replace a bus that had burned down the year before.
4/27/2011 - A Suffolk Transit bus was rear ended by a dump truckton, while in service on the S58.
5/24/2011 - The Suffolk Transit bus that was damaged in the February 2, 2010 crash was returned to service after year long repairs.
6/17/2011 - Suffolk Transit raises the fares on the S92 and 10C only, from $1.50 to $2.00, so those two routes can receive trial Service on Sunday
7/3/2011 - Suffolk Transit starts Sunday Service on the S92 and 10C for the first time ever.
8/27/2011 - Suffolk Transit will stop service at 8:00 PM because of Hurricane Irene
8/28/2011 - No Sunday Service on the S47, S92, and 10C because of Hurricane Irene
9/11/2011 - The Sunday Service trial ends on the S92 and 10C
11/22/2011 - The Suffolk County Legislature passes a omnibus budget to support the county for six months, included in the budget was an amendment to raise the base fare from $1.50 to $2.00 and from $2.00 to $2.50 on the S92 and 10C
11/22/2011 - Suffolk County warns riders that base fares maybe increase 33% on all but two routes because of a one million dollar shortfall in the county's budget
11/29/2011 - A Suffolk Transit bus was involved in an accident in Patchouge, the driver of the other car was DWI. The bus involved received major damage and is currently OOS.
12/14/2011 - Suffolk Transit holds a hearing about possible changes to SCAT in Hauppauge at the H. Lee Dennison Building
12/15/2011 - Suffolk Transit holds a hearing about possible changes to SCAT in Riverhead at the Riverhead County Center
12/31/2011 - Last day of operation for two Suffolk Transit Operators
1/2/2012 - New Contracts to operate Suffolk Transit go into effect. Suffolk Bus Corp, and EBT, Inc return as a operator with each operating nearly half the system. CBS Lines, Inc was out bid by Suffolk Bus Corp, and Inter County Motor Coach lost their contract because the county changed the way routes were bid on. Sunrise Coach and Hampton Jitney returned as Subcontractors to the jointly owned company Twin Forks Transit, Inc
1/3/2012 - Suffolk Transit resumes operations after New Years with four operators, the lowest amount of operators ever.
1/5/2012 - Thanks to Legislator Jay Schneiderman if a fare increase is enacted as planed the increase for the S92 and 10C would be 0.25 cents, raising the fare from $2.00 to $2.25. This is because the S92 and 10C riders have to already pay an extra 0.50 cents for Sunday Service and another increase of 0.50 would mean that riders of those two lines would have had a fare increase of $1.00 withing a year.
2/29/2012 - Suffolk Transit holds a hearing on a possible fare increase in Hauppauge at the H. Lee Dennison Building
3/1/2012 - Suffolk Transit holds a hearing on a possible fare increase in Riverhead at the Riverhead County Center
3/12/2012 - A Suffolk Transit bus caught fire in Bohemia while waiting to return to it's operators yard.
4/2/2012 - Suffolk Tranist, HART, and NICE bus stops at Walt Whitman Mall will be relocated due to construction at the mall.
4/9/2012 - Suffolk Transit stops service on the S58 due to a huge wildfire that burned nearly 1,000 acres of the pine barrens in Ridge, Manorville, and Riverhead.
4/15/2012 - A Suffolk Transit Bus was involved in an accident in the Wading River area while in service on the S62, The bus is currently OOS.
5/1/2012 - Suffolk Transit raises .50 cents on most routes. The fare is now $2.00 on all routes except the S92 and 10C which fares are $2.25. The fare for Disabled and elderly is $.075, and The Student Fares are $1.25. Transfers stay at $0.25. For more info please go to SCT's website @ www.sct-bus.org
5/27/2012 - Suffolk Transit restarts Sunday Service on the S92 and 10C.
6/18/2012 - Service started on the Summer Route S47
6/19/2012 - A that would have set hearings on a fare increase for SCAT riders failed in the County Legislature, had it passed the fare would have been raised from the current $3.00 per ride to $4.00.
6/23/2012 - The 7E starts its Summer Service to Smith Point Beach.
7/5/2012 - Service started on the Summer Route S94.
7/16/2012 - Suffolk Transit changes SCAT's no show & Cancellation Policy, as well as the Booking Reservation policy.
7/24/2012 - A Suffolk Transit bus gets into an accident with a SUV on NYS Route 112, while in service on the S61.
9/1/2012 - Service stops on the S94 and the Summer extension of the 7E.
9/3/2012 - Service stops on the S47.
10/7/2012 - Six months of Sunday Service on the S92 and 10C comes to an end.
10/23/2012 - Bus #1057 returns to service after seven months of repairs.
10/29/2012 - Suffolk County shuts down the entire Suffolk Transit and SCAT service, for the second time in the systems history, because of Hurricane Sandy.
11/1/2012 - Suffolk Transit and SCAT service resumes, but with delays, after Hurricane Sandy.
11/2/2012 - The 1B is the only route, besides the two summer routes, that is not running.
11/3/2012 - Suffolk Transit shuts down system after six o'clock PM, due to safety concerns.
11/5/2012 - Suffolk Transit service returns to normal.
2/8/2013 - Suffolk Transit shuts down system ride at PM due to Blizzard AKA Nemo. All runs that were started before that time were completed.
2/9/2013 - Suffolk Transit does not run due to hazardous road conditions due to Blizzard.
2/10/2013 - Three Suffolk Transit buses were pulled out of the snow, one in Middle Island and one in Coram, by tow trucks from the MTA.
2/11/2013 - Suffolk Transit service is still suspended in the aftermath of Blizzard Nemo.
2/12/2013 - Suffolk Transit resumes normal service, with delays after Blizzard Nemo.
3/6/2013 - A Public Hearing on raising the SCAT fare from $3.00 to $4.00 is held at the Suffolk County Legislative Auditorium in Smithtown.
3/7/2013 - A Public Hearing on raising the SCAT fare from $3.00 to $4.00 is held at the County Legislative Auditorium in Riverhead.
4/30/2013 - The Suffolk County Legislature's Public Works committee passes a resolution to use 1.1 million in state aid to increase Evening hours and add Sunday Service to some bus routes. The resolution was sent for a vote by the full Legislature.
5/2013 - The Bus damadged in the 11/29/11 accident in Patchouge has been seen at it's operators yard, repaired and ready to be returned to service.
5/7/2013 - The Legislature voted nearly unanimously, one legislature did not place a vote, to use the 1.1 million in state aid to add Sunday Service and Evening hours to some routes.
5/15/2013 - SCAT fare raise goes into effect. Fare is raised from $3.00 to $4.00, which is double the regular bus fare.