|Issue 259||March 3, 2000|
|At Monday's Nassau County Legislature session, the public speaking
period was dominated by citizens opposed to severe pending cuts in Long
Island Bus service. Speakers spotlighted issues of elderly, working
class and student mobility and environmental and traffic issues. Speakers
were riders and representatives of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign,
ACORN and NYPIRG. Long Island Bus has scheduled the cuts in response to
reduction in County operating assistance.
The Legislature's Majority Leader, Judith Jacobs, responded to the comments by saying she too opposed the cuts, which were announced by County Executive Thomas Gulotta in December. She said she was attempting to develop a plan to finance the bus budget deficit before the service cuts take effect.
Long Island Bus
Long Island Bus has issued a formal notice of public hearing for severe pending reductions in service, "due to a $12.5 million reduction in the operating subsidy provided by Nassau County, as part of the County's fiscal year 2000 budget." The cuts would eliminate 23 weekday and 13 weekend routes, and cause less service on 18 weekday and 17 weekend routes. Paratransit service would also be reduced.
Time and place:
For info or to sign up to speak at the hearing, call MTA communications at 212-878-7483