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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

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

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