Jan. 1 - . However, fewer buses are likely to run on some of the routes.

During today's news conference, officials with Veolia said that every Long Island Bus driver will be offered a job with the private company. However, labor leaders have expressed concerns about pensions and the long-term plan for fares.

The bus privatization plan is expected to save Nassau taxpayers $32 million annually. If the contract is approved by the Legislature, it will include a provision for a five-member transit committee made up of appointed Nassau residents who will review NICE every quarter and would have to unanimously approve fare hikes. Bus contract with Nassau - Part 1Bus contract with Nassau - Part 2Bus contract with Nassau - Part 3

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