GARDEN CITY - The Nassau County Bus Transit Committee has approved a NICE bus request for a 25 cent hike on fares for customers who pay with cash.
The hike means rates will increase from $2.25 to $2.50 per ride.
NICE bus CEO Michael Setzer says wage and benefit increases for employees, rising fuel costs and additional ride services are the main reasons for the change.
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Setzer says if the board had voted down the fare increase, the alternative would have been service cuts. One way or another, he says NICE has to plug a $2.6 million budget shortfall.
Commuters who pay with a MetroCard are already spending $2.50 per fare and will not see an increase.
The new fares for those who pay with cash are set to start in September.