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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sign Our Petition to Fight Fare Increases!

These past few weeks have been a rollercoaster ride for Nassau County bus riders. NICE Bus held a fare increase hearing about the MTA’s proposed fare increase in New York City, and the impact that this will have on Nassau’s bus riders. While the MTA fare hike is certainly not fair, the Transit Advisory Committee can chose NOT to put this fare increase on bus riders.

Over the past year, service cuts have far surpassed increases in service. NICE provided approximately 9.5% fewer miles of service and 10.5% fewer hours of service than in 2011. Because of these service cuts, ridership had dropped, and more bus riders are dissatisfied with the bus system.
For working people who take the bus three times a day, this fare increase equals about $300 additional dollars a year on bus service. The fare increase is not just an adjustment due to inflation, but is systematically making bus riders pay more and more money for bus service.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that access to public transportation is a right. As bus routes continue to decrease and fares continue to increase, we are taking away this right from bus riders. We deserve better. Please prevent a fare increase from going into effect for NICE Bus.

Sign our petition TODAY and mark your calendars now for the Long Island Bus Riders’ Union PEOPLE’S HEARING against a fare hike!

When: February 28th, 6:00-9:00PM
Where: Ethnical Humanist Society in Garden City

P.S.: Don’t forget to sign the petition! It really does make a difference.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Public Forum!


Thursday, February 28th, 6:00-8:30pm
Ethical Humanist Society, Garden City

Have you had problems with your bus service and want your voice to be heard?

Are you worried about fare increases and possible service cuts in 2013?

Come to the Bus Riders’ Union Public Forum!

Directions: N22, N23, N24, N40, N41, N78, or N79 to the Mineola Intermodal Center (at the train station). Walk 1 block south to Old Country Road, then make a right and walk for about 5 minutes to the Society, which is on the south side of the road by the water tower.

Bus Riders Angry About Fare Increases

Last week, the Transit Advisory Committee meeting held a public hearing regarding fare increases for the bus system. With only one week to mobilize community members, only a few dozen bus riders attended the event, where they were told that their fares would be increased by $.25. 

The following is a testimony that Ana Giraldo, an Organizer with the Long Island Bus Riders' Union, made at the hearing:

We understand the fare increases could be a possibility and we know that such MTA fare hikes do have a great impact on the NICE bus system. But a $.25 cent fare increase at a time when service has worsened and more routes have been cut than ever before, IS UNJUSTIFIABLE. For working people who take the bus three times a day, this fare increase equals about $275 additional dollars per year on public transit. Would you keep your car insurance if they started charging you $275 more dollars a year? Unfortunately for bus riders, they don't have a choice.

We want to ensure that moving forward into 2013, our buses have a high quality of service—and we believe that the service needs to be drastically improved before we can even discuss an increase in fares.