NEW YORK (1010WINS) — Nassau County is taking a stand against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Since the MTA plans to stop paying for Long Island Bus Service, county officials filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the agency from collecting money under its payroll tax.

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano says the MTA has already collected $100 million from the county and businesses.

“It’s absolutely absurd,” Mangano said. “They’ve collected this money and now people can not get to work.”

Commuters say if it takes a lawsuit to save their rides they’re all for it.

“”Well, I hope they [Nassau County] win,” a commuter at the Hempstead bus station told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera. “There’s a lot of people that depend on these buses.”

The MTA released a statement Thursday afternoon saying it was a “shame” that Nassau County was filing a lawsuit “to distract attention from its failure to fund its bus system.”

More than 100,000 people use the bus service daily.

More From CBS New York

Bracket Challenge
Download Weather App

Watch & Listen LIVE