WOODBURY - Bus riders and advocates are calling for Nassau County to contribute more to the county's privatized NICE bus system to improve services.
Before 2012, the county contributed $10 million per year to the MTA to run the public buses. Now, Nassau contributes $2.5 million to Veolia, the company that operates NICE.
Bus riders and transportation advocates believe the wide funding difference is to blame for services cuts, late buses and a fare hike that was implemented last year.
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A NICE bus spokesperson says the company will release its budget this week and it hopes for additional funding from the county to allay riders' concerns.