Nassau Inter-County Express
The Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) is the local bus system serving Nassau County, New York. It also serves parts of western Suffolk County, New York as well as eastern portions of the New York City borough of Queens. NICE was formerly operated under the name of MTA Long Island Bus, the trading name of the Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority, a division of MTA Regional Bus Operations.
NICE is operated in a hybrid public-private partnership with Veolia Transportation. Veolia Transportation is the largest private sector manager and operator of public transportation systems in North America. It manages transit operations under more than 200 contracts in the U.S. and Canada for bus, rail, para-transit, shuttle, and other modes. This arrangement enables Nassau County to maintain policy control over all areas, as well as continued ownership of all assets, vehicles and facilities. While Nassau County maintains policy control, Veolia will manage all aspects of transit agency operations and functions starting January 1, 2012. As part of this arrangement, the workforce will be Veolia employees.
The MTA began operating Nassau County bus service in 1973 under the name Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority, through the merging of 11 private operators: Bee-Line Inc, Rockville Centre Bus, Utility Lines, Stage Coach Lines, Mid-Island Transit, Schenck Transportation, Nassau Bus Line, Universal Auto Bus, Jerusalem Avenue Bus Line, Hempstead Bus Corporation, Roosevelt Bus Line, Branch Bus Corporation and Hendrickson Bus Corporation.
In the spring of 2011, the riders of Long Island Bus and the taxpayers of Nassau County received some unsettling news: their county-wide bus service was under mounting pressure because of a budget shortfall facing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. To address the problem, the MTA proposed to eliminate more than half of the existing Long Island Bus routes and lay off hundreds of workers or have county taxpayers triple their subsidy payments for the system by an additional $26 million. At the time, the county was contributing $9 million annually to subsidize the system (which was combined with approximately $32.5 million from MTA, $54.5 million from New York State, $7.4 million from the Federal government and $43.4 million from fares). But, the county felt that it was time to take control of the service, which had been operated since 1973 by the MTA, and make it a true Nassau County bus system. The county decided to partner with a private, professional transportation management company, which would have day-to-day responsibility for running the system.
Following a review by a county panel of proposals from interested firms, on June 10, 2011, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that Veolia Transportation, had been selected to join the county in a public-private operating partnership to run Long Island Bus, now called Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE), beginning on January 1, 2012.
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