Yeah Keystone is right, I see the strategy now. Cut service on intra-Nassau routes to drive away riders, so they can be cut more as ridership drops. They probably hope to get ridership down to 50,000 a day by this time next year. In the end it will look like the plan after all, probably worse.
Well, Veolia's plan is understandable but the realignments are super odd, that is why I think it would be worse than the
because it's not just complete route cuts, it's going to completely screw up a rider's commute kinda.
And Veolia is blamed for all this, when it all comes down to Nassau County's negligence to pay a substantial amount of money for it's bus service.
Yes, Mangano and Schmitt thinks it's wise no to pay a bus system, I even hear businesses suffering because of these bus cuts. Obviously Veolia and the
doesn't need to blame, Mineola needs the blame.
The N40/41 are the cheapest routes in the system to operate, so at the very least, you're guaranteed that there'd be some intracounty service. The N15 also performs just as well as the Queens-Nassau routes.
Regardless of cheap or not, I think the N40/41 will be basically a hub loop and the N15 perhaps just connecting Roosevelt Field with Rockville Centre then Lynbrook so people can take the LIRR down to Long Beach.
What a bare minimum service could look like (woefully inadequate!):
-N19 to Sunrise Mall
-N74 rush hours only
-N79 limited service
I still see some more routes on that list gone, and where did the n23 and n24 go?
True, but they could've left some routes alone while cutting others. The original plan was the whole elimination of routes, which would've been better than messing with service on the 6,21,23,27,and 31/32. If I were in Veolia's shoes the N47, N62, N73, and N80 would've been goners. The N36,N45,N51, and N74 would run rush hours only. And 50% of N19 trips would end at Sunrise Mall. In email communication that I had with Mr.Setzer, he kept saying how elimination of routes is not the way they work, and that they'd rather alter service across the board than eliminate any routes. Which in my opinion is completely unfair to riders on well patronized routes. I had respect for Veolia but lost that when I saw their April 8 service changes. But now I believe this is all a NICE smokescreen, Mangano and Veolia have an arrangement to frustrate riders and drive down ridership, so more service can be cut so that eventually what routes remain only run once an hour. That way Nassau can pay even less into the bus system, and Veolia has a handsome profit. Another bus driver I know told me that he's known several people who have lost their jobs or been moved to other jobs because of the changes because they are always late for work now. We all know what will be left after all the cuts are made, and those guys won't ever be complaining.
This is the reason why I believe Veolia is screwing with riders, at the end, rich and upper middle class people are just going to go for cabs, the rest the LIRR. What I've heard on the news and from many locals are that local small businesses are hurting because of these service adjustments. And some are hurting pretty badly because of lost customers due to transportation access problems. Some are even down 50+%. Mangano, Schmitt and Veolia have a corruption scheme going on, they all have an arrangement. In my opinion, Mangano's privatizing the sewer system is also trying to get Veolia to run it. At the end only Nassau Hub and the big corporation stores are going to benefit, local businesses and residents will not. Talk about saving taxpayer money and destroying the economy at the same time, smh @ Mangano.