Stewart Express celebrates 50,000th passenger

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STEWART AIRPORT – The Stewart Express, the dedicated bus service that brings European travelers from Stewart International Airport to Manhattan and back, has been in operation for a little over six months and on Thursday, it celebrated the 50,000th rider.
Simona Donzelli of Sicily was showered with mementos when she arrived
at the Newburgh airport from her visit to New York City.  She chose
Stewart for one reason.
“Why? Because it’s cheaper from Europe,” she said.
Donzelli spent a week in New York City and loved it. “I saw Central Park, I saw the Empire State Building, I saw Queens and Brooklyn, walking around everywhere.”  
George Grieve, president of Coach USA, which provides the bus service, was satisfied with the initial results.
“Based on the early estimates, we thought there was actually going to be more ridership based on what Norwegian had projected, so as much as we thought it was going to be, but a very good opportunity for us, for sure,” Grieve said.
The bus runs are timed to coincide with flights to and from Europe aboard Norwegian Airways, which flies to five cities from Stewart.