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NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways

Posted by Gold_12TH on Fri May 25 20:08:16 2012

Service to Jones Beach and the Nikon Jones Beach Theater from Freeport

Nice Bus is starting their summer service, the n88 out of the Freeport LIRR station, Saturday May 26th. Non stop service from Freeport will run to the Jones Beach State Park’s two Bathhouses and the Central Mall from 8:30 am thru 8:00 pm for Memorial Day weekend. Service will run every 30 minutes. Weekend only service to Jones Beach will run thru June 24th. The one way fare is $2.25 and Metro Cards as well as exact change are accepted. Daily service will start on Monday June 25th thru Labor Day.

Jones Beach features a host of family attractions including two swimming pools, a miniature golf coarse, and expansive beaches with a 2 mile boardwalk. The park features 6.5 miles of ocean beaches for surf bathing, and a ˝ mile bay beach for still water bathing. Jones Beach also is home to the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, which offers educational tours and programs for all ages. For more information about Jones Beach State Park please go to www.nysparks.com.

Additionally, NICE will be offering service back to Freeport after major concert venues at the Nikon Jones Beach Theater. For a list of these concerts please visit www.livenation.com.

The Long Island Railroad will be offering a discounted travel package to Jones Beach from Penn Station and Jamaica, Queens. This package will include a round trip LIRR ticket to Freeport station and a round trip NICE BUS voucher for Jones Beach. The package fare is $17.50 from Penn Station and $14.50 from Jamaica. For more information on this package and schedules, please go to www.mta.info.

For the n88 Jones Beach bus schedule, trip planner, and concert information, please visit the n88 Maps and Schedules page.

The best way to reach Jones Beach State Park is with NICE.

Source

N88 schedule, pdf

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Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways

Posted by mac5689 on Sat May 26 13:57:19 2012, in response to NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways, posted by Gold_12TH on Fri May 25 20:08:16 2012.

Just heard on the radio that traffic is already backed up at Jones Beach. I wonder how bad the delays are.

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Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways

Posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sat May 26 14:55:36 2012, in response to Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways, posted by mac5689 on Sat May 26 13:57:19 2012.

Under this senario, I don't see how a 30 minute headway can be maintained.

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Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways

Posted by mac5689 on Sat May 26 16:02:00 2012, in response to Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways, posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sat May 26 14:55:36 2012.

Do you mean because of the traffic problem today or just in general?

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Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways

Posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sat May 26 16:26:44 2012, in response to Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways, posted by mac5689 on Sat May 26 16:02:00 2012.

Becasue of the traffic conditions you mentioned.

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Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways

Posted by mac5689 on Sat May 26 16:47:28 2012, in response to Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways, posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sat May 26 16:26:44 2012.

Yeah, after hearing the traffic report and seeing that it would run 30 minutes on here, I didn't think it would work very well today.

I know that Nassau and NICE were trying to do a good thing but I don't think they should have started the n88 service the day of the Air Show.

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Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways

Posted by Newkirk Images on Sat May 26 19:24:21 2012, in response to Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways, posted by mac5689 on Sat May 26 13:57:19 2012.

Just heard on the radio that traffic is already backed up at Jones Beach. I wonder how bad the delays are.

Heavy traffic may be due to the "Blue Angels" fly by today at Jones Beach.

Bill Newkirk



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Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways

Posted by Newkirk Images on Sat May 26 19:27:44 2012, in response to NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways, posted by Gold_12TH on Fri May 25 20:08:16 2012.

This package will include a round trip LIRR ticket to Freeport station and a round trip NICE BUS voucher for Jones Beach.

Would this "voucher" be a round trip Metrocard ?

Bill Newkirk

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Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways

Posted by mac5689 on Sat May 26 20:44:57 2012, in response to Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways, posted by Newkirk Images on Sat May 26 19:24:21 2012.

Yeah it was for the Air Show, though at the time of that post, I had incorrectly said there was delays when the report had actually said that all the all the fields were full and traffic had come to a near stand still.

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Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways

Posted by RailBus63 on Sat May 26 21:22:08 2012, in response to Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways, posted by mac5689 on Sat May 26 16:47:28 2012.

I know that Nassau and NICE were trying to do a good thing but I don't think they should have started the n88 service the day of the Air Show.

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional first weekend of summer - it wouldn't have looked good if NICE/Nassau ducked it because of fears about traffic.


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Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways

Posted by mac5689 on Sat May 26 23:32:02 2012, in response to Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways, posted by RailBus63 on Sat May 26 21:22:08 2012.

Yeah, but is it really worth it if a bus gets stuck in stand still traffic for hours because all the parking spaces were filled, as was said to have happen today.

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Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways

Posted by Newkirk Images on Sun May 27 07:00:38 2012, in response to Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways, posted by mac5689 on Sat May 26 20:44:57 2012.

Newsday reported that 281,00 people crammed Jones beach for the Blue Angels air show. The event was well publicized on local radio stations to promote the show. I wonder if the water was too cold to go swimming ?

Bill Newkirk

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Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways

Posted by RailBus63 on Sun May 27 10:22:52 2012, in response to Re: NICE Bus Kicks Off Its Summer Service to Jones Beach N88, 30 min headways, posted by mac5689 on Sat May 26 23:32:02 2012.

Passengers being stuck in traffic is not NICE's problem - all they can do is have enough operators and buses available to maintain the promised 30-minute headway.

Not the same scale as yesterday, but Centro in Syracuse sometimes faces similar issues with its park & ride shuttles to the New York State Fair. A popular concert combined with good weather will often bring over 100,000 patrons to the fairgrounds on a single day and overwhelm the approaches on I-690 and NYS 695. Centro promises a 20-minute headway on its most popular P&R routes and will dispatch extra buses as needed to maintain the headways and to provide the necessary capacity. Sure, people hate getting stuck on a bus in traffic but will usually understand that they would be no better off if they drove (and would have farther to walk once they arrive).

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