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Wednesday, October 21, 2015



Suffolk County will be spending MILLIONS of tax payer/bus rider dollars on "Transit Oriented Development" so the Bus Riders' union asked "Why are we spending so much money on transit oriented development, if we're not going to have any transit?"
Check out Newsday's coverage of our Press Conference today, where we were joined by Vision Long IslandLong Island Jobs with Justice, Legislator Monica Martinez, Legislator Jay Schneiderman, Legislator Al Krupski, Members of YAI and community as we called for the County to hold the funding for Suffolk County Transit (SCT) and for NYS to finally pay it's fair share! Click the picture below to follow the link!

Please be sure to contact Suffolk Presiding Officer Gregory and County Executive and tell them to "Leave our bus alone, County Exec. Steve Bellone!" 
Thank you for your continued support!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

October BRU Meeting!

Good Afternoon,
The next Bus Riders' Union meeting will be on next Tuesday, October 13th in the SEIU 1199 phone banking room, (100 Duffy Avenue, RM 300, Hicksville NY). The meeting will run from 6-7:30, this month we are gearing up for NICE Bus proposed fare hikes and service cuts, and beginning to mobilize for potential November public hearings.

Please join us next week!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

2015 Rate the Ride: Recap!


Hello Everyone!

2 weeks ago today the Long Island Bus Riders' Union started its second annual Rate the Ride trip from Jamaica, Queens to the Montauk Lighthouse. The purpose of our trip this year was to highlight the lack of accessibility for bus riders across Long Island. The two-day trip addressed the transportation needs of both Nassau and Suffolk County’s bus systems and bus riders called for necessary changes that would improve their lives. In Nassau County, bus riders called for increased language access; like braille at bus stops and multiple language schedules; increased county contributions to prevent frequent fare increases; and the relocation of the Nassau County Bus Transit Committee to a more accessible location and time.

During the trip riders stopped at the Roosevelt Field Mall and marched across several dangerous traffic lanes and unpaved walked ways to demonstrate the INACCESSIBILITY of the current Nassau County Bus Transit Committee. With the support of Legislator Laura Curran, we called for these meetings to be held at the Nassau County Legislature, 1550 Franklin Avenue, and moved to an accessible time for working riders, after 5pm. Check out the links below for coverage of our event:


In Suffolk County, riders will call for safer, more accessible bus stops, and increased late night and Sunday bus service. We were joined by Legislator Jay Schniederman, Tuwaun Webber, of Vision Long Island, and Dick Koubeck, of the Welfare to Work Commission, as each person spoke about the need for increased state aid to expand SCT on Sunday's and Late-Night.

We would like to thank everyone who joined and supported us on our grand adventure, to hear a little bit more about our trip check out the link below to listen to an interview organizer, Aaron Watkins-Lopez, partook in with Labor Lines:



Wednesday, August 12, 2015


























***Media Advisory**
Long Island Bus Riders Will Travel Two Days on Public Buses to Reveal 
Island-Wide Inaccessibility


Members of the Long Island Bus Riders’ Union will travel from Jamaica, Queens to the Montauk Lighthouse using only public transportation to highlight the lack of accessibility for bus riders across Long Island. The two-day trip will address the transportation needs of both Nassau and Suffolk County’s bus systems and bus riders will make a call for necessary changes that would improve their lives. In Nassau County, bus riders will call for increased language access; like braille at bus stops and multiple language schedules; increased county contributions to prevent frequent fare increases; and the relocation of the Nassau County Bus Transit Committee to a more accessible location and time. In Suffolk County, riders will call for safer, more accessible bus stops, and increased late night and Sunday bus service.
The Bus Riders’ Union will have two press conferences where press can meet them and speak to riders and elected officials. In Nassau County, community leaders and elected officials will join bus riders at the Roosevelt Field Mall terminal, where they will march to 700 Commercial Avenue, NICE Bus headquarters, to reveal the dangers of the route bus riders must traverse to attend public meetings. In Suffolk County, community leaders, faith leaders and elected officials will join bus riders at the Suffolk County Legislature in Riverhead.
Who: Long Island Bus Riders’ Union; Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran; Suffolk County Legislator Jay Scheiderman

Where/When: 
Wednesday, August 19th, 11:30am at Roosevelt Field Mall bus depot, Garden City
Thursday, August 20th, 11am at the Suffolk County Legislature, Riverhead

Friday, March 6, 2015

ACTION! ACTION! ACTION!

 Good Morning,
NYPTA LEGISLATIVE ALERT
Contact your State Senator(s) and Assembly member(s) to request that they support increased transit funding in the state budget.
NYPTA needs the help of all our transit systems, business partners and stakeholders. The State Senate and Assembly are in final preparation of their one house budget bills. It is important to remind all legislators, at this critical time, of the need to increase state transit operating assistance (STOA) and capital funding to upstate and downstate transit systems.


Friday, February 27, 2015

This morning the Long Island Bus Riders' Union was joined by Tri-State Transportation CampaignVision Long IslandNassau Inter-County Express and other transportation advocates in a call for New York State to increase it's contribution to non-MTA transit systems all across the state, especially on Long Island. Due to rising operations costs, pensions and healthcare Long Island buses cannot survive at the current state funding levels, we NEED more funding! A big "thank you" to everyone who came out today!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New Yorkers for Active Transportation Lobby Day!

Today, February 3rd, the LI Bus Riders' Union traveled to Albany to advocate for additional funds for Suffolk County! We were urging New York Senators to increase the State's contribution by $10 million; money that would go towards more Sunday and evening services.

In 2013 the state provided an additional $2 million towards the expansion of Sunday service for the first time in Suffolk County. This expansion was a HUGE success and was monumental for non-drivers who were home bound before; so, to demonstrate the impact we gave each Senator a copy of our SCT Sunday Service report. The report consisted of testimonies from bus riders, business owners, elected officials and community groups who have been affected or seen the effects of the new service. Click here for the report!




LIBRU members Richard, Yuki, Kimberly, Aaron and Allison with Senator Venditto's Chief of Staff, District 8
Organizer Aaron with Senator Jack Martins, District 7
LIBRU members speaking with Senator Thomas Croci, District 3
LIBRU members and Nadine Lemmon, Tri-State Transportation Campaign 
Senator Gustavo Rivera, District 33, Aaron and Veronica Vanterpool, Executive Director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign
Richard and Allison
Richard and Christopher, New York League of Conservation Voters  
The BRU after a hard day of lobbying

Friday, January 30, 2015

ANOTHER Victory for Nassau Bus Riders!

Good Afternoon!

Yesterday was a big day for the Bus Riders' Union, although the Nasau County Bus Transit Committee voted to increase the Metrocard fare from $2.50 to $2.75, they also voted against raising fares on app users and cash customers (who recently experienced a fare hike in September of last year).  We recognize that because of NICE's relationship with the MTA, a fare increase on Metrocards was inevitable but a freeze on cash and app fares will help keep the buses affordable for riders who come from some of the most vulnerable communities!
Below are links to the News12 and Newsday coverage of the latest fare hike proposed for NICE bus riders. 

Featured on News 12: http://bit.ly/1ycnKPX
Today's Newsday article: http://nwsdy.li/1zGel9q


We want to give a HUGE "thank you" to everyone that came out in opposition of this UN-fare increase!

Don't forget to check out Aaron, Yuki and Richard's testimonies from the 6PM Public hearing on our Youtube Channel!