MTA May Cut Half Of Long Island’s Bus Service

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Citing a lack of funds from Nassau County, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority may eliminate over half of Long Island Bus’ routes.

Under the plan, as many as 27 of the 48 lines may be cut in July leaving thousands of bus riders stranded.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano tells 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria that the administration intends to continue to bus service

“How am I supposed to get to school? I don’t have a license yet,” Randy Lewis, 18, a student who takes the N2 bus in Elmont, said. “It’s going to be a lot tougher for me just to get from point A to point B whether it’s school, to go see friends, or, if I have a job, to go work.”

Jurussia Jones told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan her only way to get to Nassau Community College is on Long Island bus and said the cuts would be “devastating.”

Nassau County currently contributes $9.1 million in subsidies and officials say they are unable to pay the additional $26 million that the MTA is seeking to keep the system operational.

The MTA said the service cuts will save $12.2 million a year.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano hopes to privatize the bus operations and cut ties with the MTA which has been running the service since 1973.

“We own the buses and the terminal,” Mangano said. “We’ll need to select an operator that can best provide a service for them.”

Mangano insisted that the administration intends to continue bus service in Nassau County.

“Bus service is very important to the economy here in Nassau County,” Mangano said.

A public hearing is being held Wednesday afternoon at Hofstra University regarding the proposed cuts.

The MTA will hold a public hearing on the proposed cuts at Hofstra on March 23rd, and vote on the plan in April.

Will the cuts affect you? Do you think the MTA and Nassau County will reach an agreement? Let us know below

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One Comment

  1. Francesca Rheannon says:

    So the rising sea levels from spewing carbon pollution into the atmosphere — much of it coming from private cars — threatens the lives, homes and livelihoods of Long Island residents, and the MTA is CUTTING mass transit? This is insane.

  2. Karen says:

    Kyle, while privatization is an option, they won’t stick to any given schedule and when you call to complain, you might be calling another state. If Suffolk County can support public transportation without the MTA help, why can’t Nassau County do the same thing? Right now service is poor and that’s an understatement. I see the public hearing is March 23rd. I think it’s time for people to come out and speak their minds.

    1. Den Den says:

      Suffolk Transit buses are private the county only sets the routes, schedules, and purchases the buses

  3. Kyle says:

    why does the MTA even exist anymore? I regularly call and complain about specific routes that i regularly take (other routes i have no problem with) and the service seems to just get worse…the drivers are rude and disrespectful and the people hired to take my calls regularly hang up on me. If I treated even a single customer the way they treat their customers i would be fired on the spot. However i still heve to give them my money because I have no other options.

    I think privatization is the best choice anyway

  4. Pam says:

    You’re saying Long Island in the title but Nassau Co. in the article. Will Suffolk Co. be affected and if so, how?

    1. Michael H. says:

      The MTA doesn’t serve Suffolk County.

  5. Sydelle Houston says:

    Of course it will affect me, I have to take 3 buses to get to and from work. It’s bad enough sometimes it takes 2 hours (and I’m only going 6 miles!) for a 35 minute trip and on the weekends I wind up walking or taking a cab and that is unacceptable. They are already putting a lot of people’s jobs in jeopardy with their sorry service. MTA/Nassau County need to put their heads together. Eliminate some of those 100 bosses and put the money into serving Nassau County.

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