Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that a contract has been awarded for the purchase of 110 new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses for the Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) fleet. The multi-year contract calls for delivery of 52, 40-foot fixed-route buses beginning in early 2016 with an option to purchase 58 additional buses. The new buses will replace the oldest buses in the 315-bus fleet.
This Earth Day, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and NICE Bus were recognized for their efforts in reducing Nassau County’s Carbon footprint through the green purchasing of natural gas. In acknowledging their continued support of Nassau County’s Carbon reduction projects, the Hess Corporation presented two plaques to the County and NICE Bus for helping to save the environment. The Hess Corporation also provided the County with 250 miniature Bamboo plants for distribution to residents in recognition of Earth Day.
Multi-Million Dollar Contract for “Intelligent Transportation System” Featuring Integrated Communications, Control, Monitoring and Management Systems to Replace Current Outdated System; Paid for with Federal, State and County Grants
Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE bus) has signed a multi-million dollar contract with a Woodbury-based company to install a comprehensive advanced GPS-based “intelligent transportation system” on all its buses that will offer numerous integrated features designed to improve the rider experience and enhance operational performance.
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.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today issued the following statement:
“While I recognize it is not practical for NICE Bus to prevent customers from paying additional fares for MetroCards due to the system’s relationship with the MTA, I urge members of the Nassau County Bus Transit Committee to drop plans for a fare hike on cash customers. Since its inception a year ago, NICE Bus has proven to be successful public-private partnership that saved Nassau County taxpayers over $33 million.”
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.
A public-private partnership to operate Nassau’s bus system would provide a greater level of fare stability for riders; restore the MTA’s planned route cuts; preserve the Able-Ride service; and reduce the cost to taxpayers, both County Executive Edward P. Mangano and a statewide transportation expert told the County Legislature and residents who attended a hearing today on the new private bus operator.
Last spring, when the MTA threatened to eliminate more than half of the Long Island Bus routes, lay off hundreds of employees and hit our taxpayers with another $26 million in subsidy payments — I joined thousands of outraged taxpayers in saying, “Enough is enough!”