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  1. Anyone want to advertise on NICE Bus? - http://www.nicebusads.com/
  2. What is your opinion on the current service level that NICE provides for the N15 and N33?
  3. NICE is running minibuses intermittently on the n57 and the n80. I've seen them frequently switch off between these and 40 ft buses including on the same day in the same morning/afternoon. I monitored the n57 one afternoon. The first run at ~2:40pm was done by a 40 ft then that driver switched to the n25. The next run never showed up and never got filled, then this thing pulled in from south of Great Neck and started doing the n57 at ~3:50pm: The destination sign, before it was switched to the n57, was for the Mercy Medical Shuttle. If it was previously doing that route and was supposed to cover the missing run, then the interlining for these is poorly planned. Also, I've seen occurrences where there has been a decent amount of people on an n57 run, possibly more than this vehicle would fit comfortably. How much money do you think NICE is actually saving by doing this?
  4. Are n20/21 buses no longer allowed to make the roundabout turns in Great Neck on South Station Plaza or Welwyn Rd? If yes, when did this become a rule? Every bus continues over the tracks and makes a right turn onto North Station Plaza which is a fairly tight turn if there are cars heading west on that street waiting at the stoplight. Buses then make a right onto Barstow Road to come around to the bus stop. With all of the buses parked on North Station Plaza as well as the usual traffic in both directions, this seems like an added time that isn't needed if drivers can make the roundabout turn without issue.
  5. What is funny is that they do that at least once every time that they make schedule changes.
  6. NICE got sued for a Workers' Comp dispute: https://law.justia.com/cases/new-york/appellate-division-third-department/2019/528808.html
  7. What does the door announcement in this video say? Looks like it's taken on the N70 at Farmingdale State College: Also, the uploader of this video has some other funny videos from NICE rides posted on YouTube.
  8. Again, I ask. Can you please answer the below questions: 2) Do you think the removal of the lower-performing routes has resulted in improvements within other parts of the system? 2a) Have you seen any improvement in reliability of service (on-time performance, buses running smoothly without breakdowns, etc) with the reductions that have been made? ie. Do the reductions make up for anything? 3) If NICE had to make more service reductions, where would you expect them to make that? 3a) Separately, if reductions had to be made, where would you choose to reduce service costs?
  9. Which route eliminations did you take personally? You don't think SCT as it stands now covers that gap? With all of these suggestions, I'm curious to know your answers to the below questions from the original post: 2) Do you think the removal of the lower-performing routes has resulted in improvements within other parts of the system? 2a) Have you seen any improvement in reliability of service (on-time performance, buses running smoothly without breakdowns, etc) with the reductions that have been made? ie. Do the reductions make up for anything? 3) If NICE had to make more service reductions, where would you expect them to make that? 3a) Separately, if reductions had to be made, where would you choose to reduce service costs?
  10. As we come up on 8 years of Veolia running Nassau's bus system, I thought we could take a look back at what has changed over this time and compare it to MTA Long Island Bus. This is where the routes are now (each category is in order of total cost per passenger from 2011 Long Island Bus stats): Discontinued: N14 N73/N74 N81 N62 N51 N50 N08 N45 N36 N46/N47 Reduced Service: N80 - Reduced to Weekday, No Midday Service N26 - 2 additional trips added during morning/afternoon - still Weekday, Rush hour only N19 - Reduced to Weekday, No Midday Service N27 - Reduced to Weekday, hourly service (from half-hourly) N78/N79 - Only between Plainview/Huntington and Hicksville. Sunday service removed. No midday weekday service. N20/N21 - N20 split in 2 sub-routes (with timing changeS). N21 reduced to weekday rush-hour only. N02 - Reduced to Weekday Elmont Flexi (Minibus) service N01 - Jamaica served weekday rush hours only, westbound in the morning and eastbound in the evening. N23 - Weekday midday service is now hourly (from half-hourly). N70/N71/N72 - No longer serves Babylon or Newsday in Melville, N70/72 shortened to Farmingdale State College N54/N55 - No longer serves Amityville. Weekend service reduced to between 45 min and 1 hour. N33 - No Sunday service anymore. Saturday service reduced from 22 trips each way to 15 trips. N16 - Reduced to Weekday, some trips operate as express between NCC and Hempstead Major Service Changes: N24 - Now serves Old Country Rd between Roosevelt Field/Hicksville. No longer serves East Meadow. Service level about the same as previously. N22/N22A - N22A discontinued. N22 Limited created in 2012 but replaced with N22 Express. 10 additional trips added on weekdays each way. N04 - Shortened runs to Rockville Centre have been converted into full runs. Some rush-hour runs converted into new N4 Express. N06 - N6 Limited replaced with N6 Express service (some with articulated buses). Stop reduction is planned for Hempstead Tpke. N40/N41 - Now operates on a schedule-less model with frequency of service varying between 10-15 min on weekdays. Small adjustments if any (includes timing changes without major reduction/addition of runs/stops): N88 - Similar service levels as LIB during the Summer N57 - Similar service levels as LIB N25 - Similar service levels as LIB N58 - Similar service levels as LIB N15 - Some weekday trips added. Mineola Intermodal Center only served during rush hours. N35 - Similar service levels as LIB N43 - Similar service levels as LIB N48/N49 - Similar service levels as LIB (a few trips have been added on weekdays/weekends) N31 - Similar service levels as LIB N32 - Similar service levels as LIB NOTES: - In 2011, the N40/41 was listed as the only profitable route for the 2.25 fare at the time. - The total ridership in 2011 under Long Island Bus was 101,981 weekday riders. In 2018, the total ridership for Nassau Inter-County Express was 77,333 weekday riders. - Between 2012 and 2019, all Orion V CNG buses were sold for scrap and replaced with Orion VII 3Gs as well as New Flyer XN40s and XN60s. - An N17 route was initially created between Rockville Centre and Hempstead. That has since been replaced with a rush-hour only Minibus shuttle. - The N87 was brought back for Summer 2013 and Summer 2014 between Hicksville and Jones Beach but has since been discontinued again. Some Data References: Latest ridership data from NICE: https://www.nicebus.com/NICE/media/assets/2016-TITLE-6-SURVEY-final-Copy.pdf NICE's Vision: https://www.nicebus.com/NICE/media/nicebus-pdfs/Let-s-Go-V2-Final-May-2018.pdf NICE 2018 Ridership: https://www.transit.dot.gov/sites/fta.dot.gov/files/transit_agency_profile_doc/2018/20206.pdf Topics for discussion: 1) Looking back, do you agree with the routes that have been discontinued? 1a) Do you think the money spent for any of the routes could/should have been spent elsewhere by LIB/NICE? 2) Do you think the removal of the lower-performing routes has resulted in improvements within other parts of the system? 2a) Have you seen any improvement in reliability of service (on-time performance, buses running smoothly without breakdowns, etc) with the reductions that have been made? ie. Do the reductions make up for anything? 3) If NICE had to make more service reductions, where would you expect them to make that? 3a) Separately, if reductions had to be made, where would you choose to reduce service costs? 4) Overall, taking into account the reductions versus provided service levels, do you think NICE has proven that they can stretch a dollar more than MTA Long Island Bus could?
  11. There was a multiple vehicle accident involving an N22 bus today at Hillside Avenue and Lakeville Road in New Hyde Park. This caused the right lane of Hillside Avenue westbound to be closed. An old man was supposedly driving the car that caused the accident and the bus took minor damage (if any).
  12. It looks like NICE posted today's Memorial Day parade in Queens on their Service Alerts page: It's great to see that it's not being ignored anymore.
  13. Tom, thank you for posting this. The buses being auctioned off: 1012 1017 1021 1022 1657 1658 1667 1668 1677 1680 1684 1688 1693 1699 Interesting fact: 1667 hit and killed someone in 2012.
  14. Saw 1767 as well as one of the old LI Bus Fishbowls at AKA Auto/Bus & Truck in Deer Park today.
  15. Does anyone have any opinions on how Jack Khzouz is running operations versus how things were done under Michael Setzer?
  16. https://www.nicebus.com/About-NICE/Job-Opportunities Open Positions: https://transdevna.jobs/garden-city/new-york/usa/jobs/
  17. Does anyone know if/when the rolling stock of the train is planned to be upgraded out of the current R62A fleet? Are there any publicized plans for that?
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    Hello everyone, thank you for having me here! I look forward to seeing you all around and having further discussions on a range of topics.
  19. About 11 percent of Nassau bus riders have downloaded NICE's new mobile fare payment application in the two months since its release. Since its June 3 launch, Nassau Inter-County Express' GoMobile app, which allows customers to pay bus fares using their smartphones, has been downloaded about 6,700 times, NICE officials said. As of July 25, customers have used the app more than 21,000 times, and bought nearly 9,000 tickets, according to NICE. GoMobile has also received strong reviews from users. The app has averaged a rating of more than 4 out of 5 from both Apple iOS and Android users. It's obviously very early and we're still in the rollout phase, but we're really happy with all the numbers and all the indicators," NICE spokesman Jack Kzhous said Tuesday. "It's all about trying to improve the riders' experience and make it easier to travel." Read More: Source
  20. I went to an Aerosmith concert last Thursday. Photos aren't the greatest as they were taken with my phone, but you get the idea. The theater was packed and the concert was great. Leaving the theater though, I saw this. There was a long line to get on the 2nd bus where the driver was just sitting inside. There are more than two buses needed for packed concerts like this, and they should consider adding n87 service to the concerts as well. Not only that, but as I was driving up the Meadowbrook leaving the concert, the exit to Sunrise Hwy westbound was closed due to construction (from like 10pm to 5am) and I guess NICE didn't know that because the first bus heading north pulled over to the side of the road right before the exit (it actually stopped a bit short and almost caused an accident) and probably called dispatch for a detour.
  21. I wanted to wait until somebody answered the question wrong. It's not a driver, its a NICE dispatcher. The dispatchers were trained by Masabi reps to use the equipment and how to troubleshoot any issues so they could help drivers and pass on the training. Masabi reps are here and there on NICE property and buses, but for the most part, their beta with NICE is over.They also don't have the time to train 800 drivers, but NICE dispatchers have the time and its their job to work with these drivers. Once the scanners are fully working and drivers are comfortable with them, they're going to be installed on more and more buses.
  22. The MTA has found at least five defective subway rails since Tuesday during stepped-up inspections prompted by last week’s F-train derailment. Two of the broken rails were found on F tracks about 30 blocks from the derailment site in Woodside, Queens. A rail is classified as “broken” even if it has a fracture. “Finding them is normal especially when we’re doing extra runs of the inspection cars,” spokesman Adam Lisberg said. “It doesn’t mean there are more broken rails. It means we are finding more.” Transit officials and sources said broken rails were found on the F line near 36th St, in Queens; the No. 7 line near Willetts Point; the D line near 62nd St., Brooklyn; and the Q line at Stillwell Ave. in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mta-found-defective-subway-rails-article-1.1783945#ixzz31SpJ9kXx
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