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L.I. Bus Union Reaches Tentative Deal

(Photo/Mona Rivera)

(Photo/Mona Rivera)

WESTBURY, N.Y. (AP) — A union representing about 900 Long Island Bus workers says it has reached a tentative deal with the new operator of the soon-to-be-renamed transportation system.

Transport Workers Union Local 252 said it had reached an agreement at about 2:30 a.m. Friday with Veolia Transportation, which will begin operating what will be known as the Nassau Inter-County Express Jan. 1.

NICE Bus chief executive Mike Setzer tells Newsday both sides in the negotiations “listened to each other pretty effectively.”

The union representing drivers, dispatchers and other staff says the bus system is used by about 200,000 people each day.

Nassau County Executive Edward Magnano selected Illinois-based Veolia to take over the bus system from the Metroplitan Transportation Authority.

Veolia says routes won’t change when it takes over.

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