Patricia NicolasApr 9, 2017, 11:50 pmApr 10, 2017, 4:29 pm

NICE bus routes reduced, eliminated due to decrease in transit funding

Commuters in Nassau are having a harder time getting around following cuts to service that went into effect this weekend

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A number of NICE bus lines were eliminated as well as reductions in service on other routes all in an effort to close a multimillion-dollar budget gap that transit officials said resulted from a reduction in county funding.

The service cuts will make it tougher for some to get around and the real hardship could come this week as bus riders head out to work, making some riders very unhappy.

“It’s terrible they are doing, they should really think about doing that. Especially with all these hikes and everything you would think they would be adding instead of cutting,” Hicksville resident James Destin said.

Among the routes affected are the Rockville Centre and Freeport Community shuttles, along with the N-36 that takes riders from Lynbrook to Freeport, also, the N-45 that traveled from Bellmore to Roosevelt Field and the Hicksville, Wantagh Community Shuttle.

NICE officials say that the county reduced funding for the bus systems by $6.8 million and that these bus cuts were necessary. But those who use the buses say the cuts will have a negative impact on the community who rely on the bus services

“I’m very concerned for the people who will be commuting back and forth,” Hicksville resident Carole Barr said.

For a complete list of routes that have been cut, go to the FIOS1 News Long Island Facebook page.

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