Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE Bus) announced today that they will soon begin taking delivery on 28 new handicap-accessible paratransit vans that will replace Able-Ride’s oldest vehicles. The new wheelchair accessible modified Dodge vans will offer Able-Ride greater flexibility in how it serves customers, reduce fuel and maintenance costs, and provide a more comfortable ride for passengers.
The Nassau County Legislature unanimously approved County Executive Mangano’s public-private partnership for Veolia Transportation to operate Long Island Bus and Able Ride at a savings to the County of more than $32.4 million a year. Veolia Transportation will manage and operate Long Island Bus under a new name – Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) – beginning January 1, 2012. The approved contract maintains current fares and the Able-Ride service area.