WOODBURY - The new private operator of Long Island Bus announced today that it will not cut any existing routes in 2012, but is likely to scale back on the number of buses in service. Officials with the company, Veolia Transportation, say they are unsure how many buses they will remove, or which routes will be affected. Commuter rights advocates say plenty of details still need to be made clear before Veolia officially takes over the system on Jan. 1.

"They didn't guarantee Metro-Card use, they certainly didn't guarantee free transfers into the system," says Ryan Lunch, of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. The new operator is also changing the bus system's name to Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE).LI Bus riders face no fare increase in privatization deal