A long-simmering feud over how to fund Long Island Bus in Nassau County is literally leaving riders by the side of the road, as ridership outpaces the service the agency is able to provide, Long Island Bus President Neil Yellin said.
Ridership exceeds service Long Island Bus can provide
Long Island ridership has grown 16.5 percent over the past decade, from 28.2 million in 1998 to a projected ridership this year of 32.8 million, making it one of the busiest suburban bus systems in the nation. Long Island Bus serves all of Nassau County and a few spots in Queens and western Suffolk County.
Over the same period, however, the agency has expanded its fleet just 4 percent, by 13 buses.
"We're really crowding them in. We're at capacity on numerous trips every morning and afternoon," Yellin said in an interview last week. "There've been occasions where we've had to pass people up on street corners just because there is no room."
Scenario: Con tax is passed, and forces a lot more people onto public transportation. They would take LI buses to the LIRR or subway. Only problem is that they won't be able to board because the MTA and Nassau County are having a pissing contest over who pays for it. This is classic B.S. as only New York can produce. Maybe the Mayor, Janette Sadik-Khan and their number one cheerleader, Transportation Alternatives, should have provided an answer for this before proposing something so ridiculous.