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 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 in Hempstead for bus transportation on Easter Sunday. (April 8, 2012)
Riders exit a NICE bus (Feb. 15, 2012)
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 City.
The N45 Nice Bus at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City.
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)
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 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 Michael Setzer, CEO of Veolia Transportation, to unveil the first bus with new Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) design. (Jan. 1, 2012)
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)
Michael Setzer will serve as chief executive of the Nassau Inter-County Express bus service (Nov. 9, 2011)
LI Bus bus listen as the Nassau Legislature discusses the Nassau Veolia contract. (Nov. 14, 2011)
A preview of NICE bus, which will replace LI Bus when Veolia Transportation takes over operations of the bus system in Nassau County.
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)
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)
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 Wednesday morning in Levittown. (March 2, 2011)
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 is slated to be eliminated, as it pulls away from a stop in Bellmore. (March 1, 2011)
Commuters ride the N57 bus in Great Neck.
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. (Feb. 17, 2011)
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 Island Bus before the proposed reductions that would take effect this summer.
A map depicting the proposed service reductions for Long Island Bus.
Commuters ride the N58 bus in Great Neck. (March 1, 2011)
Commuters board the N58 bus in Great Neck. (March 1, 2011)
Nassau's bus system projects higher expenses due to a rise in prices for natural gas, which fuels both buses and facilities.