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The interior of a new Nassau Inter-County Express (Credit: Barry Sloan)

The interior of a new Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) bus is pictured in Garden City. (Jan. 1, 2012)

LI Bus goes private

Photos from Long Island Bus's shift from MTA control to a private company, Veolia.

Members of the community use the Hempstead Bus
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Members of the community use the Hempstead Bus Terminal in Hempstead for bus transportation on Easter Sunday, as NICE bus routes changes went into effect. (April 8, 2012)

Members of the community use Hempstead Bus Terminal
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Members of the community use Hempstead Bus Terminal in Hempstead for bus transportation on Easter Sunday. (April 8, 2012)

A new Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) bus in
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

A new Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) bus in Garden City. (Jan. 1, 2012)

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Riders exit a NICE bus (Feb. 15, 2012)
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Riders exit a NICE bus (Feb. 15, 2012)

Rahul Kumar, a manager with NICE Bus is
(Credit: Photo by Steven Sunshine)

Rahul Kumar, a manager with NICE Bus is seen here speaking with folks who came to listen to what he and CEO Mike Setzer had to say about service restructuring. The discussion took place at the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale.

Nice buses at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden
(Credit: Photo by Chris Ware)

Nice buses at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City.

The N45 Nice Bus at Roosevelt Field Mall
(Credit: Photo by Chris Ware)

The N45 Nice Bus at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City.

Alan Gershberg (52) from Valley Stream (center) is
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Alan Gershberg (52) from Valley Stream (center) is seen here speaking with Business Development and Regional Planner C.J. Bright about the possibility of future service cuts to the NICE Bus line at the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale. (Feb. 22, 2012)

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NICE bus passengers wait for their buses as
(Credit: Photo by Barry Sloan)

NICE bus passengers wait for their buses as the Merrick-bound N51 waits to depart the Roosevelt Field Mall Tuesday. (February 21, 2012) Photo by Barry Sloan

Alan Gershberg (52) from Valley Stream (center) is
(Credit: Photo by Steven Sunshine)

Alan Gershberg (52) from Valley Stream (center) is seen here speaking with Business Development and Regional Planner C.J. Bright about the possibility of future service cuts to the NICE Bus line. Folks came to the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale to hear what CEO Mike Setzer and other representatives had to say about the potential service cuts.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, left, joined by
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, left, joined by Michael Setzer, CEO of Veolia Transportation, to unveil the first bus with new Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) design. (Jan. 1, 2012)

The interior of a new Nassau Inter-County Express
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

The interior of a new Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) bus is pictured in Garden City. (Jan. 1, 2012)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, left, joined by
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, left, joined by Michael Setzer, CEO of Veolia Transportation, unveil the first bus with new Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) design. (Jan. 1, 2012)

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Long Island Bus riders attend the public hearing
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Long Island Bus riders attend the public hearing on proposed contract for Nassau's new privatized county bus system in Mineola. (Dec. 5, 2011)

Joe Louis Browne, along with other Long Island
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Joe Louis Browne, along with other Long Island Bus riders, attend the public hearing on proposed contract for Nassau's new privatized county bus system. (Dec. 5, 2011)

Nassau Legis. Peter Schmitt listens to testimony during
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Nassau Legis. Peter Schmitt listens to testimony during a hearing early this month on the Long Island Bus privatization plan. (Dec. 5, 2011)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano testifies at the
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano testifies at the Long Island Bus public hearing (Dec. 5, 2011)

Michael Setzer will serve as chief executive of
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Michael Setzer will serve as chief executive of the Nassau Inter-County Express bus service (Nov. 9, 2011)

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LI Bus bus listen as the Nassau Legislature
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

LI Bus bus listen as the Nassau Legislature discusses the Nassau Veolia contract. (Nov. 14, 2011)

A preview of NICE bus, which will replace
(Credit: Handout)

A preview of NICE bus, which will replace LI Bus when Veolia Transportation takes over operations of the bus system in Nassau County.

A Long Island Bus rider, left, speaks with
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

A Long Island Bus rider, left, speaks with Rahul Kumar, a manager with Veolia Transportation at the Roosevelt Field bus stop. (Nov. 9, 2011)

Veolia Transportation held a job fair for current
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Veolia Transportation held a job fair for current employees of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Long Island Bus service who are seeking employment when Veolia takes over day-to-day operations of the service on Sunday, Jan. 1. (Sept. 29, 2011)

Transit workers, riders and advocates for Long Island
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Transit workers, riders and advocates for Long Island Bus hold up signs at an MTA hearing in the John Cranford Adams Playhouse on the campus of Hofstra University. (March 23, 2011)

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Long Island Bus drivers Brian Wharton, left, and
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Long Island Bus drivers Brian Wharton, left, and Gerard Asaro wear sandwich board sign showing the bus lines that will be cut at an MTA hearing in the John Cranford Adams Playhouse at Hofstra. (March 23, 2011)

MTA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jay H.
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

MTA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jay H. Walder listens as riders and advocates for Long Island Bus give testimony at an MTA hearing at Hofstra University. (March 23, 2011)

Nassau County Legilator David Dennenberg (D- Merrick) makes
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Nassau County Legilator David Dennenberg (D- Merrick) makes a passionate plea to save Long Island Bus at an MTA hearing in the John Cranford Adams Playhouse at Hofstra. (March 23, 2011)

A sign in the window of this Long
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A sign in the window of this Long Island Bus reads: "As of July 3, 2011, this bus will no longer be running." (March 21, 2011)

Gregory Spandy of Westbury rides the bus early
(Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile)

Gregory Spandy of Westbury rides the bus early Wednesday morning in Levittown. (March 2, 2011)

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Bencia Nelson of Westbury rides the almost empty
(Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile)

Bencia Nelson of Westbury rides the almost empty bus early this morning in Levittown, March 2, 2011.

A passenger rides the N50 bus, one that
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

A passenger rides the N50 bus, one that is slated to be eliminated, as it pulls away from a stop in Bellmore. (March 1, 2011)

A passenger exits the N50 bus, one that
(Credit: Newsday File / Thomas A. Ferrara)

A passenger exits the N50 bus, one that is slated to be eliminated by the MTA, as it pulls away from a stop in Bellmore. (March 1, 2011)

Commuters ride the N57 bus in Great Neck.
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Commuters ride the N57 bus in Great Neck.

Dorothy Hamilton heads home to Queens on the
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Dorothy Hamilton heads home to Queens on the N19 bus in Merrick. (March 1, 2011). For five years, Hamilton has been riding the N19 to her job at the Walmart store at Sunrise Mall in Massapequa.

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A man checks the bus schedule while waiting
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

A man checks the bus schedule while waiting for the N73 bus in Hicksville. (Feb. 17, 2011)

An MTA driver operates a bus on LI.
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

An MTA driver operates a bus on LI. (Feb. 17, 2011)

Llie Romero of Levittown rides the N73 bus
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Llie Romero of Levittown rides the N73 bus from Hicksville. The Long Island Bus is facing massive budget cuts and the N73 and N74 routes may be on the chopping block. (Feb. 17, 2011)

A map depicting the service routes for Long
(Credit: Handout)

A map depicting the service routes for Long Island Bus before the proposed reductions that would take effect this summer.

A map depicting the proposed service reductions for
(Credit: Handout)

A map depicting the proposed service reductions for Long Island Bus.

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Commuters ride the N58 bus in Great Neck.
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Commuters ride the N58 bus in Great Neck. (March 1, 2011)

Commuters board the N58 bus in Great Neck.
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Commuters board the N58 bus in Great Neck. (March 1, 2011)

Nassau's bus system projects higher expenses due to
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Nassau's bus system projects higher expenses due to a rise in prices for natural gas, which fuels both buses and facilities.

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