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Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE]

Posted by N6 Limited on Sat Apr 7 11:42:35 2012

http://www.newsday.com/opinion/letters/letter-bus-changes-will-help-most-riders-1.3647476

'While "cuts" has been the word most used to describe service adjustments to the new Nassau Inter-County Express bus schedule going into effect today , much more is going on.

The 48-route system is being redesigned with a combination of new and restored service on routes with the greatest demand, reduced service on some underutilized lines, and adjustments to schedule frequency. Far more of the system's 35,000 daily riders will benefit from the changes than will be inconvenienced.

About 16,100 daily riders (or about 46 percent of all passengers) ride on routes that will experience little or no perceptible changes. These routes will have frequency adjustments only, the majority of which are less than 10 minutes. Waiting times should be reduced by allowing buses more time to travel from stop to stop.

About 11,200 customers (32 percent) ride on heavily traveled routes that will enjoy significant service enhancements. This includes the new express service between Nassau and the city that will save two-way commuters as much as 30 to 40 minutes daily.

A third group is customers riding on underutilized routes. While these routes will experience the greatest reductions, an estimated 6,700 customers (19 percent) ride on the busier portions of these same routes and will perceive little or no change.

The remaining 1,000 people (3 percent) who ride on the least utilized portions of these routes will have to switch to alternate routes, travel during peak hours rather than midday, or make other arrangements.

NICE has made significant efforts to ensure that customers are aware of the changes and can offer feedback. New schedules and service change summaries are available on buses and at terminals and at nicebus.com.

NICE was able to make these adjustments without eliminating any routes, a far cry from the dire cuts proposed last year that would have eliminated half of the system's routes.

Mike Setzer, Garden City

Editor's note: The writer is chief executive of Nassau Inter-County Express.


Interesting stats.

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Re: Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE]

Posted by Joe on Sat Apr 7 13:49:52 2012, in response to Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE], posted by N6 Limited on Sat Apr 7 11:42:35 2012.

The N19 is losing 11 of its 31 trips Monday-to-Friday. It is losing 9 trips on Saturday and keeping the Sunday hourly service. From my casual observation, many workers at stores and services along the route depend on the bus, in particular, getting to work at Sunrise Mall. East of Sunrise Mall, there are shoppers returning to their homes through East Massapequa and more on-and-off traffic on the commercial mileage of Merrick Road and Montauk Highway.
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  • The N54 is remaining at hourly service, six days a week.


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    Re: Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE]

    Posted by N6 Limited on Sat Apr 7 21:55:38 2012, in response to Re: Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE], posted by Joe on Sat Apr 7 13:49:52 2012.

    I think the issue with the N19 is that it's a long route and most riders are just riding between Freeport and Sunrise Mall.

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    Re: Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE]

    Posted by Joe V on Sun Apr 8 09:46:05 2012, in response to Re: Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE], posted by N6 Limited on Sat Apr 7 21:55:38 2012.

    Doesn't the N19 have a little competition with SCT to Babylon ?

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    Re: Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE]

    Posted by N6 Limited on Sun Apr 8 14:01:41 2012, in response to Re: Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE], posted by Joe V on Sun Apr 8 09:46:05 2012.

    It's the only route along Montauk Highway west of the Babylon LIRR station.

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    Re: Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE]

    Posted by checkmatechamp13 on Sun Apr 8 16:12:18 2012, in response to Re: Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE], posted by N6 Limited on Sun Apr 8 14:01:41 2012.

    Well, maybe a little, but it's not significant. I mean, the distance from Oak Street to Montauk Highway is about 1/2 mile IIRC, so you might have some people who take the first bus they see and then walk it out, but it's probably not a whole lot.

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    Re: Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE]

    Posted by R40SlantontheB on Sun Apr 8 19:05:42 2012, in response to Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE], posted by N6 Limited on Sat Apr 7 11:42:35 2012.

    Well the riders on the N23 & N27 are being screwed, esp weekends. It's gonna look like the N6 now...could've easily been avoided had they gotten rid of some N80/81 trips..but the 5 people who voted for Peter Schmitt who ride it won't allow it, and the hundreds on the N23 and N27 won't say a thing just because...


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    Re: Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE]

    Posted by N6 Limited on Sun Apr 8 19:42:27 2012, in response to Re: Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE], posted by R40SlantontheB on Sun Apr 8 19:05:42 2012.

    I sympathize. I was flagged by a N6 around 10:25pm last night, on 30 min headways.

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    Re: Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE]

    Posted by R40SlantontheB on Sun Apr 8 20:53:11 2012, in response to Re: Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE], posted by N6 Limited on Sun Apr 8 19:42:27 2012.

    And now ppl will be flagged with the 60 min headways. Esp Saturdays, say around 4 or 5pm in the afternoon going to HTC...I say good luck if you're trying to catch it anywhere south of Willis Paints...


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    Re: Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE]

    Posted by checkmatechamp13 on Sun Apr 8 22:48:55 2012, in response to Re: Letter: Bus changes will help most riders [NICE], posted by R40SlantontheB on Sun Apr 8 20:53:11 2012.

    It sucks, but at least you have the LIRR Oyster Bay Branch as a backup.

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