Public buses to and from Jones Beach State park are scheduled to begin rolling again on Memorial Day weekend—the latest sign that the beaches will be ready for summer after Sandy.

The Nassau Inter-County Express, better known as NICE Bus, will bring back the half-hourly N88 from Freeport and hourly N87 from Hicksville for the summer, starting Saturday, May 25, the agency announced last week.

Both bus lines start at the Long Island Rail Road stations in their respective towns of origin. The LIRR is offering package fares for those taking the train to the bus to the beach—$18.50 from Penn Station or Brooklyn and $15.25 from Jamaica.

The buses stop at Jones Beach’s two bathhouses and Central Mall. They will only run on weekends until June 24, when the daily service starts through Labor Day.

The N88 will also run after concerts at the Nikon Jones Beach Theater.

The cash one-way fare is $2.25 and the Metro Card fare is $2.50.


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