NICE Bus has released its fall schedule, which took effect Sunday. The changes are designed to offer commuters increased frequencies on several routes, notably upgrading the direct service to Nassau Community College and introducing a new express service from Flushing to Roslyn.
Jack Khzouz, the CEO of Nassau Intercounty-County Express, emphasized the organization’s commitment to addressing the evolving needs of its ridership while enhancing the efficiency of its services.
“NICE Bus is continually monitoring the patterns and the needs of our users to offer a public transit service which is responsive to the communities we serve,” said Khzouz. “We are responding with changes that will enable smoother connections and greater convenience.”
One of the upgrades involves the n16X Express Service running every 20 minutes from the Rosa Parks Hempstead Transit Center to the NCC campus during peak hours. The route runs on weekday mornings with return service in the afternoons. NCC is also served by the n16 from Rockville Centre, Hempstead and Roosevelt Field to the campus throughout the day and evenings, and by the n43 through Freeport and Uniondale.
In a bid to streamline transit further, NICE Bus will initiate a pilot of the n20Xpress route. This new route aims to provide one-seat express service with limited stops along Northern Boulevard, between Flushing and the Roslyn Clock Tower without a transfer. The express route does not service the Great Neck LIRR.
Other adjustments to the schedule encompass expanded midday and all-day services on various routes. The n21 route from Flushing and Bayside to Hicksville will see increased midday service, while the all-day n22 route from Jamaica to Mineola will increase its frequency to every 15 minutes.
Additionally, the n27 route connecting Hempstead to Glen Cove will have heightened service frequency, departing now every 30 minutes. Peak period service times will also be increased on the n25 route as well, which services Lynbrook to Great Neck and n58 route, Great Neck to Kings Point, both operating every 15 minutes.
Weekend travelers will also see changes, with the extension of Saturday and Sunday services on the n71 route to the Amityville LIRR station connecting with Suffolk Transit. The n88Xpress service, providing daily transportation to Jones Beach from the Freeport LIRR station, will continue to operate until Oct. 1.
The n22Xpress service from Jamaica will end at Roosevelt Field and service from Jamaica to Hicksville will continue on the n22 local routes. Furthermore, the n15 between Long Beach and Garden City will no longer make stops along Old Country Road.
The fare for a one-way trip on NICE Bus services is $2.90. Payment options include MetroCards, coins, excluding cash and the GoMobile payment app provided by NICE Bus.