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Letter: Able-Ride ignores parts of Nassau

A NICE bus making its route through Nassau

A NICE bus making its route through Nassau Community College on July 25, 2013. Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

In your article "Not so NICE" [News, Jan. 12] about the low grades given to Nassau Inter-County Express by its riders, one of the few bright spots was an improvement in its Able-Ride services for the disabled.

However, no mention was made of the continuing absence of Able-Ride in a huge area: northeast Nassau County. This disturbing lack of handicapped services was inherited by NICE when it took over from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and it seems to have been forgotten about. In the meantime, disabled riders in all of the affected North Shore communities are deprived of this vital service.

These forgotten stepchildren of NICE deserve the same opportunity as other Nassau disabled riders to travel to work, medical appointments and wherever else they need to go. If NICE truly wants to improve its services, one of the first things it should address is restoring Able-Ride to all of Nassau County.

Barbara Shafferman, Wantagh

Editor's note: The writer is the parent of a disabled adult.