Riders call for Nassau to chip in for NICE bus service
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.
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.