Why did MetroCard® fares go up?
The MetroCard fares increased by 25 cents on March 3, 2013. For information regarding this change, please go to the Fares and Passes page of this website, under Passenger Information.
Where can I get updates and additional information?
The best place for information is this web site. We will continue to provide updates here as they are available and will provide as much detail as possible in a timely fashion. You can pick up new schedules for all routes on the bus you normally ride or in transit centers. In addition, we plan to make information available through flyers, posters, advertising in the buses, news articles, public meetings and other means. You can also call the Travel Information Center at 516.336-6600 from 7am to 5pm.
When did Transdev Transportation begin operating NICE?
Transdev took over operation of the Long Island Bus system from the MTA on January 1st, 2012 . Transdev was selected by Nassau County to operate their bus and paratransit system, which it renamed Nassau Inter County Express, or NICE for short. Nassau County granted Transdev a five-year contract to run the NICE system, with a five-year renewal at the conclusion of the initial contract.
Will I notice any changes to the Able-Ride Paratransit Program beginning Jan. 1, 2012?
The Able-Ride service area will remain the same through 2014 even if fixed route bus service changes. This is a contractual guarantee and is a very important aspect of the signed contract between Nassau County and Transdev. It was agreed to and approved by the Nassau County Legislature on December 12, 2011. This means that Able-Ride passengers can be assured that the service area will not be decreased for 36 full months.
It is the intention of the County and Transdev to preserve this service area even beyond this three-year time commitment, and all parties are committed to trying to find the funding to do so. We look forward to working with the Accessibility Advisory Committee and leaders and members of the disabled community to ensure excellent service and open lines of communication.
Who is Transdev?
Transdev is the largest private sector manager and operator of public transportation systems in North America. It manages transit operations under more than 200 contracts in the U.S. and Canada for bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle, and other modes. Locations include New Orleans where it helped restore the bus system after it was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Others include Denver, San Diego, Phoenix, Baltimore, and suburban systems near Washington D.C., Atlanta and Toronto. Through effective scheduling, service design, advanced technology, fuel efficiency, bulk purchasing, centralized administration, and other advantages, we can operate more efficiently than municipal authorities. We bring best practices from operating similar bus and paratransit systems across North America.
Is NICE a private company?
No. This is actually a public-private operating partnership, a hybrid approach that brings the best of both public and private sectors. Under this arrangement, the Nassau County owns all the assets (buses, garages, transit centers, equipment, etc.), and receives all Federal and State transportation grant funds. Nassau County also retains ultimate policy control over fares and service levels. Transdev, as the experienced transit operator, brings expertise, technology and business processes gained from operating bus systems like this all over the world.
What is the advantage of Transdev operating NICE?
Transdev brings over 100 years of experience in public transportation. We are a partner to both Nassau County and its customers, working together to build the system of the future. Transdev's biggest advantage is that we will do more with less. While we still expect that at times there will be some difficult decisions in the areas of service delivery and route performance because of the County's constrained financial resources, one of the biggest benefits Transdev brings is our experience and expertise. We will work closely with the County and passengers use the available funds in the best ways to maximize available service, and meet the needs of passengers to the fullest possible extent.