NICE Bus service changes

A new Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) bus in A new Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) bus in Garden City. (Jan. 1, 2012) Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

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The following information about service changes to NICE Bus is listed on its website:

Service Improvements

n4: Based on customer feedback and independent research, all trips will operate from Jamaica to Freeport.

n6 Express: This new express route will replace the n6L and will operate from Hempstead Transit Center to the 179th Street/Hillside Avenue Subway Station in Jamaica. The bus will make limited stops in Hempstead then run express between Westminster Road and 179th Street. We believe that commuters will really appreciate this new express service to the 179th Street subway station! Service will operate every 10 minutes. For customers traveling west of 179th Street in Jamaica or to local stops between Hempstead and 165th Street Terminal, please use the n6 local.

n6 Local: Based on customer feedback and independent research, additional service will be added on the n6. Also, to reduce crowding between 7pm and 8pm, additional trips will operate eastbound to Hempstead.

n17: This new route will offer restored service to Mercy Medical Center running from Rockville Centre and the Hempstead Transit Center.

n20/21: Based on customer feedback and independent research, running time will be added on the n20/21.

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n22 Express: This new express route will run between Hicksville and Jamaica and will make local stops between Hicksville and Roosevelt Field. The route will then run express to the 179th Street/Hillside Avenue Subway station in Jamaica. From 179th, it will make all local stops to the 165th Street Bus Terminal.

n22 Limited: This route will now operate via Westbury Ave to Glen Cove Road and follow the n22A route into Jamaica. It will no longer operate via Old Country Road and Mineola Blvd between Hicksville and Jamaica, to provide a faster trip for commuters. For service along the corridor, please use the n22 or n22 Express. (The n22 will operate only stops at Glen Cove Road/ Westbury Ave between Westbury Ave/ Cherry Ln and Hillside Ave/ Willis Ave.)

n25: Based on customer feedback and independent research, running time changes and additional resources will be added to the route to improve on time performance.

n40/41: Based on customer feedback and independent research, additional northbound trips will be added on the n40/41 between 8am and 9am to reduce crowding.

n43: Midday service and Saturday service will operate every 30 minutes instead of every 45. Weekday service to Hempstead Transit Center will also be added.

n72: Based on customer feedback and independent research, additional westbound trips will be added at the start of service.

Service Changes

n2/n8: These two routes will be combined to run in a loop as described below:

n2: The n2 will travel along its current route from Covert Avenue to Green Acres Mall but instead of turning around at the mall, it will continue along the n8’s route northwards up Hook Creek Blvd, Dutch Broadway and then back to Covert Avenue.

n8: The n8 will no longer run along Franklin Avenue. Service will begin at Covert Avenue along with the n2 and continue west on Dutch Broadway and Hook Creek Road toward the Green Acres Mall. From the Mall, the n8 will continue eastwards towards the Valley Stream LIRR and follow the n2 route back to Covert Avenue.

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n4: Peak service will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 7.5, in both directions. All trips will operate from Jamaica to Freeport eastbound and Freeport to Jamaica westbound.

n6 Local: Peak service will operate every 10 minutes in both directions. n6 midday and Saturday service will now operate every 12 minutes instead of every 10, in both directions. Additional service will be provided eastbound between 7pm and 8pm to reduce crowding.

n14: Morning service will operate every 20 to 25 minutes, timed to the express trains from Rockville Centre to Penn Station. Afternoon service will operate every 20 to 25 minutes, timed to the express trains arriving at Rockville Centre from Penn Station.

n15: Midday and Saturday service will operate every 20 minutes instead of 15.

n16: Stops between Rockville Centre and Silver Lake will be discontinued. Trips that only operate between Hempstead and Roosevelt Field will be eliminated. They will be replaced by the n43 that will be extended to Hempstead.

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n19: Peak service will operate every 30 to 40 minutes instead of every 20 to 30 minutes. Midday service will run every 60 minutes instead of every 30. Saturday service will operate every 60 minutes instead of every 30.

n20: Peak service will operate every 5 to 10 minutes. Midday and Saturday service will run every 20 minutes from Great Neck/Roslyn to Flushing. Saturday service to Hicksville will not change. The n20 Sunday service will run every 30 minutes from Great Neck/Roslyn to Flushing. Hicksville service will still operate every 60 minutes. Please consult your schedule for departure changes.

n21: This service will operate peak hours only. For service midday, nights and weekends, please use the n27 with a timed transfer to reach the n20 at Glen Cove Road/Northern Blvd.

n23: Peak service will operate between Manorhaven and the Mineola Intermodal Center. Service will not be available at stops along Willis Avenue between Hillside Avenue and Mineola during mid-day, nights and weekends. The n23 will instead run on Roslyn Road south of Hillside Avenue along the n27 route to Roosevelt Field and Hempstead. Midday trips will operate into 60 Charles Lindbergh. For service to Mineola during these off peak hours, please transfer to the n22 at Hillside/Willis Avenues.

n24: A new branch will operate to Hicksville LIRR via Old Country Road. Service to 60 Charles Lindbergh will be eliminated. Peak service will operate every 15 minutes instead of every 10, in both directions. Buses will alternate between Hicksville LIRR and East Meadow. Midday service will operate every 30 minutes between Hicksville and Jamaica via Roosevelt Field and Mineola Intermodal Center. Service to East Meadow will only operate during the peak, for midday service please use the N51. Service to 60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd will be available via transfer to the n16, n23 (midday)/n27 (peak). Please consult your schedule.

n27: Peak service will operate between Glen Cove and Hempstead. Midday, night and weekend service will only operate between Glen Cove and Roslyn LIRR. For service midday, nights and weekends between Roslyn LIRR and Roosevelt Field/Hempstead, please transfer to the n23 at Roslyn LIRR. Stops along Roslyn Road between Roslyn LIRR and Hillside Avenue will not have service during these times. Some n27 trips will operate into 60 Charles Lindbergh.

n31/32: Midday service on this combined route will be available every 20 minutes instead of every 15.

n45: This service will operate during peak hours only. Saturday service will be discontinued. For service along Uniondale Avenue to Roosevelt Field, please use the n43. For service between Uniondale Avenue and Bellmore, please use the n51 (weekdays) or the n43 to the n19.

n48/N49 Midday service on this combined route will be available every 60 minutes instead of every 30. For additional Front Street service between Merrick Ave and Hempstead, please use the n46. For additional service along Newbridge Road, please use the n50. n48 Saturday service will be discontinued, please use the n49 instead. The n49 Saturday service will, however, run every 40 minutes instead of every 60 minutes. The n49 will have some minor schedule changes on Sundays, please consult your schedule.

n51: Saturday service will be discontinued

n54/55: The n55 will be extended to Amityville LIRR, Monday through Saturday. Please consult your schedule. Midday service on this combined route will be available every 60 minutes instead of every 30. Saturday service will operate 40 minutes.

n62: This service will operate peak hours only.

n70/71/72: Combined midday service on these routes will operate every 20 minutes instead of every 15.

n72: Midday service to Babylon will now run every 60 minutes instead of every 30.

n73/74: Peak service on the combined route will operate every 40 minutes instead of every 30 minutes. n73 midday service will operate every 60 minutes. n74 midday service will be discontinued, but will be available on the n73.

n78/79: Service will not operate between Hicksville LIRR and Mineola Intermodal Center at all times. For service between Hicksville LIRR and Roosevelt Field/Mineola via Old Country Road, please use the n24, which will be extended to Hicksville LIRR via Old Country Road. n78 midday service will be discontinued, but service will be available on the n79. Saturday-Sunday departure times will change, so please consult your schedule.

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