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Nassau Notebook: MetroCard Use on NICE Buses, Enhanced STAR Exemption

A weekly look-in at the news of Nassau County.

MetroCard to Be Allowed on NICE Buses

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano has announced that the county and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) have reached an agreement to allow usage of the MetroCard for riders who are transferring between Nassau Inter-County Express buses and MTA buses, or between a NICE bus and the subway.

The agreement has designated Veolia Transportation, which is managing the Nassau's bus and paratransit system under a public-private operating partnership, to assume all the county’s rights and responsibilities for use of the swipe MetroCards, the farebox equipment on NICE Buses and transfer policies. 

Beginning Jan. 1, NICE Buses will no longer be operated by the MTA as Long Island Bus.

The MetroCard will continue to be available through vending machines, at subway stations and through designated neighborhood merchants. It offers reduced fares, as well as free transfer between subway and bus, or between buses.

Enhanced STAR Exemption for Seniors Turning 65 in 2012

Mangano would also like to remind seniors who turn 65 in 2012 that they can apply for Enhanced STAR benefits before the Jan. 3 deadline for submitting property tax exemptions for the 2012-2013 school and general fund tax year.

To receive the Enhanced STAR property tax exemption for the 2012-2013 tax year, the applicant must be 65-years old as of Dec. 31 of the year in which the exemption will begin with an annual household income in 2010 of $79,050 or less. 

To learn more about Nassau County's property tax relief programs or to obtain an exemption application, Mangano urges homeowners to contact the Department of Assessment at (516) 571-1500 or download forms and information from its website.

Vin Zumo January 02, 2012 at 07:12 PM
LOL Now that the company has left the MTA, watch what happens to the quality of the buses and the drivers. Going private is a good deal for all of us. Saves the county 200 million, they said. Great ! Now the fares will be cut in half and my property taxes lowered. How much is the fare now? How much can I deduct from my tax bill starting this month?
Vincent January 03, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Mac, "This bus recently went through a full safety inspection conducted by the New York State Department of Transportation. The wheelchair ramp was part of that inspection. The NYS DOT approved the bus on November 7, 2011." Union workers? Hmmm.
Mac January 03, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Vincent what does your post have to do with my response? Does a safety inspection conducted by a union or non-union entity prevent a lawsuit? Does an approval by the NYS DOT prevent a lawsuit? All my comment was meant is that whatever can go wrong in Nassau County will go wrong and it will probably cost us all money.
icarumba January 03, 2012 at 08:48 PM
vin zumo, where do you come up with 200 million dollars in savings? veolia is running the same equipment,same drivers,same unions- they have to match the salaries to the penny.the only change is that the employees are no longer getting a paycheck that says "LI Bus" on it. how they are going to be able to do this with a fraction of the funding they previously got from the MTA beats me. they have frozen fares for 2012. ill bet a year from now, you'll be seeing a much higher fare and far fewer routes. that woman has one juicy lawsuit against veolia and the county. nice going mangano. remember what george marlin said," a year from now we will look back on this contract and conclude it was a disaster. phooey.
An tUasal Airgead February 19, 2012 at 04:09 PM
NICE BUS, $7.3 million in the red, already threatening service cuts. - Mangano Nov 2011 announcing the contract with Veolia - " ... No longer will the choices be limited to demanding more subsidies from taxpayers or slashing service." http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/CountyExecutive/NewsRelease/2010/11-10-2011.htm and http://levittown-ny.patch.com/articles/nassau-notebook-new-bus-service-launched-lirr-smoking-ban - NICE BUS, $7.3 million in the red, already threatening service cuts. Now, just a few months into their tenure, the company has announced proposed service cuts totaling $7.2 million set for April. Essentially, then, Veolia is doing what the MTA threatened to do. Since Mangano cut county contributions to the bus system from $9 to $2.5 million, NICE BUS is essentially placing that funding cut on the backs of its riders. Perhaps the are operating at greater efficiencies than the MTA. Perhaps the MTA was bluffing about a $26 million cut to force Mangano’s hand. Either way, Long Islanders are no better off now as their county leadership continues to withdraw funding for transit. http://www.longislandbusridersunion.org/ - NICE Bus Feb 2012 notice to cut routes, 6 weeks after taking over from MTA http://www.nicebus.com/Passenger_Information/Community_Meetings/index.html

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