NEW YORK – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $200,000 to resume the Nassau Inter-County Express weekday service to Jones Beach State Park this summer. Under the direction of the Governor, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Department of Transportation, Empire State Development and Nassau County achieved a solution to resume service after Nassau County was forced to suspend service for budgetary reasons just last week.
“Jones Beach State Park is a premier summer destination, and public transportation helps thousands of New Yorkers and visitors alike to access this Long Island treasure,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our investments in New York’s unparalleled state parks energize both the state and local economies and serve as a catalyst for New York State’s tourism industry.”
NICE Bus service will begin to run service seven days a week beginning Thursday, July 6th. Monday through Friday service will be hourly, departing Freeport 30 minutes past the hour and departing the beach at 55 past the hour.
Saturday and Sunday service will run half hourly, with additional service as needed, leaving Freeport on the hour and half hour, and departing the beach at 25 and 55 minutes past the hour.
Bus service will begin in Freeport at 8:30 a.m. and the last bus will depart Jones Beach at 8:55 p.m. A roundtrip NICE ticket to Jones Beach from the Freeport LIRR station is $5.50. More information is available here.
Summer ridership is estimated at 33,000 with 16,000 weekday riders who will benefit from this restored service.
With an estimated 4 million visitors to Jones Beach between Memorial Day and Labor Day the NICE service has proven to be an efficient and stress free way to get to the beach and state park.
State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said, “Increasing access and improving customer service continue to be top priorities in connecting visitors with the outdoors and their state parks. The NICE service provides yet another option for visitors to get out and experience the wonderful transformation and new opportunities at Jones Beach State Park thanks to Governor Cuomo.”
Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, “I applaud Governor Cuomo for restoring this essential Jones Beach service. The Governor has long recognized that strategic investments in transportation and promoting tourism are integral for Long Island’s continued growth and economic competitiveness.”
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano said, “Long Island’s beaches are some of our greatest assets, and Governor Cuomo’s investments in our natural resources have transformed them into top tourist destinations. By restoring access to Jones Beach, more visitors will be able to experience our beautiful beach and help drive the local economy. Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for your work to get NICE bus service restored.”
Senator John E. Brooks said, “Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s commitment to Long Island, NICE bus service will be restored to allow thousands of visitors from across the state to experience the wonders of Jones Beach. The state parks and beaches on Long Island are some of our most vital resources, and it is imperative that we do everything we can to improve access and assets and continue transforming them into even greater tourist destinations. I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo to continue to drive the tourism industry on Long Island.”
Assemblyman David G. McDonough said, “Jones Beach is one of New York’s most popular summer destinations, and I’m thrilled to have NICE service reinstated just in time for beach season. These partnerships will ensure New Yorkers and travelers have easy access to transportation to get to the beautiful Jones Beach in Nassau County, and I thank Governor Cuomo for helping make all this possible.”
Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino said, “Jones Beach is a renowned jewel of Long Island and by ensuring that public transportation is readily available, we open up this summertime destination to more and more visitors from across the state. I thank Governor Cuomo and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for their swift action in restoring this convenient bus service for New Yorkers and visitors alike to take advantage of and enjoy all that Long Island and Jones Beach has to offer.”?