Service cuts coming to NICE buses with low ridership

February 23, 2012 5:08:24 AM PST
Nassau County commuters will get another chance Thursday night to sound off about major cuts in their bus service.

On Wednesday, about 50 people attended a meeting in Uniondale to announce the NICE bus service reductions.

The privately-run Nassau Inter-County Express is reducing service on 30 routes and eliminating several weekend and midday bus lines.

And one county legislator who supported the privatization plan says the cuts come far too soon.

Riders were given an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the CEO of Veolia, which now operates the NICE bus.

"I like to call it a reallocation of resources, which sounds kinda wonky, but that's really what we're doing," Veolia's Michael Setzer said. "We're taking all the money available from Nassau County and applying it much more smartly than it has been."

The changes include additions like express buses to and from Queens, but mostly cuts on 30 routes, including the elimination of weekend service and far fewer buses during the middle of the day on seven routes.

To riders, the news is anything but nice.

"It's just, they seem like they don't care about people who take public transportation," commuter Camille Fuoco said. "We're left out in the cold."


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