Fare hikes and service cuts look increasingly likely for Long Island Bus next year, according to the private company that's taking over the system in 2012. Michael Setzer, a vice president for international firm Veolia Transportation, told reporters that "you can't save $35 million by turning out the lights" when asked about his plans for the system. And a new Veolia website tells LI Bus riders that "we do envision changes on routes that may have lower performance" next year. That's corporate-speak for higher fares and less bus service.
Bus riders and the businesses who rely on them are in for a rough ride. But there’s going to be a leadership change at the MTA in the coming weeks. It’s the perfect time for the agency and Nassau County to get back to the negotiating table.
Tell Governor Cuomo and county and state officials that it’s time to rethink this privatization deal and support a Nassau Bus Riders' Bill of Rights, which says that bus riders deserve:
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