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Letter: Nassau must restore bus service

As News 12 has reported, NICE Bus recently

As News 12 has reported, NICE Bus recently raised rates to $2.75 in an effort to close a $7.5 million budget deficit. Credit: Barry Sloan

I was livid after reading a defense of bus route cuts by executives of Nassau Inter-County Express [“NICE ends 11 routes to help fill budget gaps,” News, Jan. 18].

I do agree with NICE that Nassau County bears a large portion of responsibility for this fiasco. My wife is one of those affected by the cuts, as she used the N80 or N81 to get home from work. Now the last leg of her trip from Hicksville to Massapequa is made in her own car.

She’s one of the lucky ones. While running errands the day before the Jan. 23 snowstorm, I came across a woman at the N81 bus stop nearest our home looking up the road as if she were waiting for a bus. I pulled up and told her that the route was eliminated. She was shocked.

I took her to the train station so she could get home to Freeport. We need to remember that real people need public transit. It shouldn’t be a profit-making enterprise. County Executive Edward Mangano and the legislature need to realize this and get NICE to restore service.

Gary Epstein, North Massapequa