Long Island's public transportation utilizing coronavirus protocols to keep commuters safe

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The risk of getting the coronavirus increases in crowded places, so what's being done to protect those who rely on public transportation?

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says there are about 85,000 daily riders on NICE buses. Curran and NICE's CEO say they have a protocol in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on public buses.

"We have enhanced daily cleaning procedures, including deep disinfection at all stations and all vehicles every 24 hours," says Curran.

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NICE CEO Jack Khzouz says before the virus, the buses were getting a deep clean every three days. That didn't sit well with one commuter.

"Just because of a virus going on? They need to start cleaning more often," says one Hempstead resident.

Khzouz says NICE will continue to reassess protcols every few days. Some had less issues with the plan and were glad to hear them taking additional steps.

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"That's a good thing because the more cautious we are the more protective we are," says Tina Shuford, of Hempstead.

When it comes to the Long Island Rail Road, people say they are seeing more empty parking spots available at stations than usual.

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MTA Chairman Patrick Foye says even though there are fewer people on trains, they don't have any statistics to give an exact ridership figure.

"As we said before, we're going to report to the board and the public next week the data that we've got in ridership and we are committed to doing that," says Foye.

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