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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bus Riders' Union Report Takes Issue with NICE Bus on ADA

On Tuesday, October 29th, the Long Island Bus Riders’ Union held a press conference at the Rosa Parks Bus Terminal where we released our second annual report card on NICE bus service for disabled riders. The report, released during Disability Awareness Month, presents research compiled over the past year that measures Veolia’s improvements and shortcomings on both fixed-route and Able-ride buses concerning accessible bus service for disabled riders, and their compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Bus Riders’ Union grades NICE based on its compliance with the ADA. The report found that Veolia received “failing” grades for its “accessibility” rating on fixed-route buses, based on the fact that 45% of audible and visual announcements aboard buses were not working, and 84% of external bus announcements were not working. The Bus Riders’ Union also gave NICE a low rating of “D” for the Braille signage at many bus terminals, including Roosevelt Field, Nassau Community College and Jamaica.
Overall, we made a set of recommendations and what they called “legal requirements” to NICE Bus, and urged them to act on their recommendations swiftly. 
To view our report, click here!
For Newsday’s coverage of the press conference, visit their website online here.

Thank you for all of your support!

Aaron Watkins-Lopez

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Bus Riders' Union Announces New "Read Error' Report Sheet

The Long Island Bus Riders' Union has heard testimony after testimony of Nassau County bus riders being denied entrance onto buses and losing countless dollars because they received a "Read Error" when they dipped their MetroCard into a fare box aboard a NICE Bus. The error effects all types of MetroCards and in some cases wipes the card clean of all money, regardless of how new the card is. To advocate for better maintenance and replacement of these malfunctioning machines, we have decided to launch a "Read Error" incident report sheet to demonstrate the magnitude of this problem on NICE Bus and advocate on your behalf. Click here to fill out the new form. The form can also be found on our "Report an Incident" page.

If you have experienced any other incidents regarding NICE Bus, please fill out this form and we will follow up with you regarding the incident.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

*REMINDER* Long Island Bus Riders' Union Meeting NEXT WEEK!

We want to remind you that our next meeting on 

October 24, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the

Ethical Humanist Society,
38 Old Country Road, Garden City.

We will be discussing the Metrocard 

"Read Error" glitch and 

our upcoming ADA Report Release.

Please keep reporting any type of 

incidents regarding the NICE bus.

Please send any type of inquiries 


Aaron Watkins-Lopez

631-348-1170 EXT. 310

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Letting Elected Officials Know That Bus Riders Have a Voice!

Since the founding of the Bus Riders' Union in late 2011, many people were skeptical. They thought that bus riders like me don't vote, and that we weren't engaged in politics. Or they didn't think about us at all, ignoring transit issues during election time and ignoring bus terminals as voter engagement sites. We wanted to change that mindset. We started showing up to legislative hearings, to committee meetings, even to meetings with elected officials. And people started to hear our message, but some not loudly enough.

Today, we released a report that shows just how engaged bus riders are. Do bus riders vote? Well, yes. In our new report, called "Bus Riders Vote: A Report on Voter Engagement for Bus Riders", we showed that 55% voted in the past two years, and 58% plan to vote in the November 2013 elections. Not only do we vote, but 69% of us think that public transportation is a "very important" issue to us when we're deciding on a candidate.

Check out the full report online here and see our list of recommendations for elected officials, which includes recommending they: attend transit advisory committee meetings, speak to us at bus terminals, and ride the buses themselves! By doing these things, they will understand what we already know: many improvements need to be made to our bus system, from increasing County funding to repairing erroneous Metrocard machines.
Thank you for your support over the past few years, and read our report to learn more!

Aaron Watkins-Lopez
Bus Rider and Organizer with Long Island Jobs with Justice