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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

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


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