Long Island Bus May Lose More Than Half Its Lines

Wednesday, March 02, 2011


Long Island Bus may put the brakes on 27 of their 48 lines this summer.

MTA chairman Jay Walder said 16,000 people may lose bus service and 200 workers will be laid off because Nassau County is not paying enough toward the service's $134 million annual budget.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said the county is facing a $176 million deficit and can't afford to pay much more than the $9.1 million it contributes annually to Long Island Bus. He said he is exploring ways to privatize the service.

Walder points out that, by comparison, Suffolk County pays about $24 million toward its bus system's $48.6 million budget.

Ryan Lynch, Long Island coordinator and senior planner for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, said the cuts could have a broad impact on Nassau's economy.

"MTA mentioned that 200 jobs could be lost, which is terrible," he said. "At same time, no one is talking about job losses created because there is no other transportation option for so many Nassau County residents besides the bus. If you cant get to work, you can't do your job."


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susan from Nassau County

Do all you people who support Mangano's idea to cut ties with Long Island Bus even realize what you're talking about? Privitization will not produce a profit - it will only severely bump up fares for riders, increase unemployment for all those who will not get to work and lay off all the drivers who have worked for Long Island Bus over the years. In the long run, it will cost the county more. It has been reported that Mangano has political ties to these private bus lines - one in particular - maybe this should be investigated. He doesn't anything about Nassau's taxpayers - only about his future campaign funds. Long Island Railroad gets the majority if not all of the MTA tax, yet it's a fact, that the bus co. carries more people than the the RR. It seems the MTA board will be putting these profits directly in their pockets. Don't speak in favor of this recent decision until you know the facts!

Apr. 28 2011 09:09 AM
Luis Aparicio from Glen Cove

Nassau County and the MTA point fingers at each other when both are to blame. Eliminating service in a bad economy is the last thing to be done. The loss of jobs and inability of riders to get to work will result in their own unemployment. Reduce the bloated management structure of the MTA and increase the efficiency of the Nassau County bus route structure (and that would mean consolidation of some service) should more than pay for the service. Privatization has worked elsewhere around the country (the MTA has privatized bus routes and paratransit service in NYC). It should be tried in Nassau County. With a situation as dire as the one we find ourselves in, all options should be discussed with an open mind.

Mar. 25 2011 02:42 PM
davin from Brooklyn

Ryan Lynch is exactly right. Eliminating bus service in order to shore up temporary budget deficits is a destructive idea. Hundreds will be left unemployed and likely many thousands more will find themselves unable to reach economic opportunities in the area. Support transit in your area. Visit and find a TEN affiliate in your area.

Mar. 03 2011 12:16 PM

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