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LI Bus goes private

The interior of a new Nassau Inter-County Express

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

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

Members of the community use the Hempstead Bus
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

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

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

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

Rahul Kumar, a manager with NICE Bus is
Photo 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
Photo Credit: Photo by Chris Ware

Nice buses at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City.

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

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

Alan Gershberg (52) from Valley Stream (center) is
Photo 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)

NICE bus passengers wait for their buses as
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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)

Long Island Bus riders attend the public hearing
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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)

Long Island Bus drivers Brian Wharton, left, and
Photo 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.
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

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

Bencia Nelson of Westbury rides the almost empty
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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.
Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Commuters ride the N57 bus in Great Neck.

Dorothy Hamilton heads home to Queens on the
Photo 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.

A man checks the bus schedule while waiting
Photo 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.
Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

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

Llie Romero of Levittown rides the N73 bus
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo Credit: Handout

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

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

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

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

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

Nassau's bus system projects higher expenses due to
Photo 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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