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What's the future hold for LI Bus?

November 17, 2010--Passengers board the N27 Long Island

November 17, 2010--Passengers board the N27 Long Island Bus at the Rosa Parks Bus Depot in Hempstead November 17, 2010. Nassau Comptroller Maragos released a report discussing the various options to keep LI Bus running. LI Bus, which is owned by Nassau, is in danger of shutting down now that the MTA has said it will no longer financially support it. Nassau says it hopes to find a private operator for the system, but many experts say such a plan will not work. (photo by Kevin P. Coughlin) Photo Credit: Photo by Kevin P Coughlin

  Nassau County and the MTA have both been shortchanging Long Island Bus riders, according to Nassau's comptroller, who Wednesday urged both sides to pay up if county buses are to keep running.

George Maragos issued a report analyzing the future options for LI Bus. The agency is caught in a funding dispute between the county, which owns the system, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates it and has largely subsidized it for years.

The MTA has said it will no longer fund Long Island Bus as of January - a move that could spell the end of the system used by 100,000 daily riders, unless Nassau can come up with about $26 million a year in subsidies.

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