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NICE Buses Roll Out Mobile Tickets

Hicksville bus riders can save their quarters. Riders of Nassau Inter-County Express, or NICE bus, now have the option of using their smartphones to purchase fares. Upon launching the new GoMobile fare payment app, NICE becomes the first bus-only U.S. transit system to offer mobile ticketing. The app is currently available for Android, and is expected to be available for iPhones soon.

“Mobile ticketing is really taking off in the U.S. and NICE is excited to be at the forefront in bus transit. In the coming months, we look forward to rolling out additional technology initiatives that will help transform the experience of riding transit in Nassau County,” said Michael Setzer, NICE Chief Executive Officer. “Over the decades, fare collection for Nassau’s County’s buses has evolved, however, one area that has not is cash payments. With GoMobile, we’re taking a big step to improve that situation and we expect riders will be very happy with the change.”  

About 4,500 riders get on and off the buses in Hicksville daily.

Customers can go to their app store, download the NICE GoMobile app and follow the instructions for setting up an account by providing their e-mail address and creating a password.  Purchasing fares is also simple: customers open the app, choose their ticket selection and provide payment information (credit, debit or gift card). To use GoMobile, riders open the app, tap “use ticket” before boarding, and show their screen to the driver.

Fares will be available in single tickets or multiple tickets, up to 20 fares, and gomobile is capable of storing customer payment information.  Riders must set up their account and purchase their fare before getting on the bus to use it.  NICE is not eliminating any existing payment options, including cash.  

GoMobile tickets can only be used on NICE buses but riders can use the same mobile ticket to transfer onto two additional NICE buses within a two hour and fifteen minute period. GoMobile is for travel on NICE buses only and does not accommodate transfers to the MTA system. Riders who need to transfer to other transit systems must continue using their current fare payment options.   

Based on extensive customer surveys in late 2013, NICE learned that about 70 percent of all riders have smartphones.

Currently, NICE riders have limited payment options: they can either pay with correct change on the bus or use the MTA-issued MetroCard. However, there is only one location in Nassau County with full-service vending machines, and a limited number of resellers. NICE is working with Masabi Ltd., which offers advanced mobile ticketing and fare collection systems, to develop GoMobile.

The mobile ticketing system will expand toNICE’s paratranist system, Able-Ride, in a few months.

If customers need additional assistance, they can contact NICE by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or by phone at 516-336-6600.

News

Rhea Manjrekar traded in her running shoes and track shorts for high heels and an evening gown recently, as she participated in the Miss Teen India New York pageant. The 15-year-old from Hicksville snagged the title of first-runner up, and will be competing for the national title in December. 

 

This was Manjrekar’s first time competing in a pageant. But she started out with major doubts about even participating. 

 

 “At first, I didn’t want to do it. I have extreme stage fright. My mom told me to try it out because she thought it would boost my confidence and look good on my college applications, so I went for the practice,” Manjrekar said. “The girls were so nice. I thought I wouldn’t fit in but I made friends immediately so I decided to do it.” 

The parking lot of Sears in Hicksville transformed into a sea of cars this past Saturday as part of the ninth annual Long Island Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show. 

 

The show, which was founded by Jericho prostate cancer survivor Sandy Kane, is the only car show on Long Island dedicated to raising funds for research, testing and also education for early detection of prostate cancer. The all-volunteer car show usually draws around 4,000 attendees. It features 600 cars, trucks, motorcycles and more; a perfect day for car enthusiasts and the like.


Sports

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

 

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you! 

At 6 a.m. on a blustery Saturday morning 1,600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay triathlon and tri- relay race. The participants were from all over Long Island, some from upstate NY, a few from out of state and were all ages and some even with disabilities but all came with one goal in mind, to finish.

The course starts out as a half mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, then a 9.3 mile bike ride through Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, and Cove neck which is very hilly but finishes with a 2.9 mile downhill to the finish. Then the riders have one more leg of the race which is 3.2 mile run through Mill Neck and Brookville, up to Planting Fields Arboretum and back down to Roosevelt Park to the finish line.


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