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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.

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