FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2019
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N.I.C.E. Bus Service Expanded to Port North
Supervisor Bosworth & Council Member DeGiorgio applaud new green initiative
North Hempstead, NY –North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Town Council Member Dina De Giorgio joined with Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) Bus, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggio-Whitton, Port Washington North Mayor Robert Weitzner, Mindy Germain of Residents Forward and other local advocacy groups to announce the expansion of commuter bus service between near-by neighborhood in Port Washington North (Soundview community) and the Port Washington train station. It is hoped that the shuttle will help ease congestion in the train lots and will encourage use of mass transit.
“We all know that Long Island commuters can be reluctant to use mass transportation. But when mass transit is made this easy and this convenient, I think that it’s very hard to say no!" said Supervisor Bosworth.
“This was a true win-win for the community, and I would like to thank Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton and Residents Forward for all their efforts in making this shuttle a reality,” said Council Member De Giorgio.
“The Village of Port Washington North Board and its residents are thrilled to be given the opportunity to be part of this worthwhile pilot project,” said Mayor Weitzner. “I believe that the initiative of offering shuttle service to and from our community and the Port Washington Train Station could revolutionize the way we commute to work in our Village. I applaud Nassau County, the Town of North Hempstead, Residents Forward, and NICE for allowing Port North to reap the benefits of the shuttle service.”
The shuttle will be free through June 10. After the June 10 the fare will be $2.75. Riders can use GoMobile, MetroCard or cash.
Currently, the Town’s Port Washington Parking District, which oversees and maintains the parking lots around the Port Washington train station, has more than 130 people registered for parking permits who live in the Soundview Community.
“If the shuttle service can entice just 10 percent of those permit holders to leave their car at home and use the shuttle, that’s 13 parking spaces that just got freed up,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “That’s less cars on the road. It’s a win-win for our parking district and a win-win for the environment.
There will be two routes for this shuttle. Soundview Route which will run morning and evening peak hours. The second line will be West Shore Road which will run mid-morning bringing commuters to businesses surrounding Roslyn Clock Tower, Industrial Park, and Fenway Drive.
For additional information visit nicebus.com/PortWashingtonShuttle or call the Transit Information Center at (516) 336-6600
From left are Executive Director of Residents Forward Mindy Germain, Port Washington North Mayor Robert Weitzner; Supervisor Judi Bosworth; NICE Bus CEO Jack Khzouz; Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton; Town Council Member Dina DeGiorgio; and Betsy Liegey, Executive vice president of Residents Forward.