A Faster Ride: Learn about the benefits of Bus Stop Rebalancing 

New updates now available for routes n4, n15, n22, and n24 effective September 6. 

​By improving stop placement, we can improve the experience for nearly 33,000 passengers daily by saving between 7 and 10 minutes per trip on average!

On NICE’s busiest corridors, 3 out of every 4 riders use approximately 25 percent of current stops, leaving 75 percent of route stops lightly used. Industry standards and NICE’s own service standards recommend stops every 1/4 to 1/3 mile, however, some NICE stops are less than 1/10 mile apart – slowing down trips considerably. NICE is working to rebalance local stops systemwide, moving and consolidating stop locations to speed up your trip.

NICE's Bus Stop Rebalancing Program started with changes to n6 and n40/41 routes, and has already improved trip times by up to 12 percent on corridors. As NICE continues to rebalance stops across the network, we expect customer travel times to be up to 15 percent faster.

Want to share thoughts about a specific stop? Riders are invited to leave us a comment about their route. You can also visit the not-for-profit TransitCenter to learn how bus stop balancing is helping speed up transit systems nationwide. 

The n4 is NICE's second busiest route, carrying approximately 7,000 passengers daily. Twelve out of 76 n4 stops account for 73 percent of weekday ridership. Stop Rebalancing will impact roughly 4 percent of current riders who will have an average walk of approximately 831 feet to the nearest stop. 

Currently, stops are placed an average of 997 feet apart in Nassau County, while NICE service standards recommend a spacing of roughly 1,320 feet (approx. 1/4 mile). 


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Which stops are being moved or removed?

Stops impacted by the program are noted in the map above, running along Merrick Road between Cornwell Avenue in Valley Stream and Newton Boulevard in Freeport. Riders can identify affacted stops by customized stop signage at each location, directing them to the nearest available stop. Roughly 23 stops will be affected.

 

 

How it is going to speed up my trip?

Buses spend roughly 20% of their time at stops, so reducing the overall number of stops can dramatically speed up trips for all riders, according to TransitCenter, a not-for-profit foundation improving public transportation across the United States. When bus stops are too close together, they slow down trips and make service less reliable. With 75% of riders using just 25 stops – or 22% of all stops on the route, it was time to look at improving stop placement.
 


How can I find the closest stop to me?

Riders can find the closest available stop viewing the map here.  The NICE GOMobile smartphone app is a great tool for location and routing services. The  GoMobile App is free to download for iOS and Android phones . Riders are also welcome to call our Transit Information Center at 516-336-6600 for routing information. 

Roughly 75 percent of all n6 riders use just 25 out of the 116 local stops currently available on the n6 route. While service standards recommend stops every 1/4 mile, the n6 currently services bus stops less than 1/10 mile apart, slowing down trips on Nassau's busiest corridor. By improving stop placement, we can improve ridership on the n6 for nearly 9,000 passengers daily. Stop rebalancing is anticipated to speed up service on the n6 by 10 percent.

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Which stops are being moved or removed?

Stops impacted by the program are noted in the map above, running along Hempstead Turnpike and Fulton Street between Belmont and Westminster. Riders can identify these stops by customized stop signage at each location, directing them to the nearest available stop. Some n1 stops will also be impacted. 

 

 

How it is going to speed up my trip?

Buses spend roughly 20% of their time at stops, so reducing the overall number of stops can dramatically speed up trips for all riders, according to TransitCenter, a not-for-profit foundation improving public transportation across the United States. When bus stops are too close together, they slow down trips and make service less reliable. With 75% of riders using just 25 stops – or 22% of all stops on the route, it was time to look at improving stop placement.
 


How can I find the closest stop to me?

Riders can find the closest available stop viewing the map here.  The NICE GOMobile smartphone app is a great tool for location and routing services. The  GoMobile App is free to download for iOS and Android phones . Riders are also welcome to call our Transit Information Center at 516-336-6600 for routing information. 
 

The n15  is among NICE's top five busiest routes, carrying approximately 3,200 passengers daily, with 14 out of the routes 70 stops accounting for 74 percent of average weekday ridership.

Currently, n15 stops within the county are spaced at an average of 798 feet, while NICE service standards recommend spacing of 1,320 feet (approx. 1/4 mile). Stop rebalancing is expected to speed up the n15 by 10 percent, affecting approximately 9 percent of passengers with an average walk of 532 feet. 


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Which stops are being moved or removed?

Stops impacted by the program are noted in the map above, running along Woodfield Road in Hempstead to Hudson Street in Long Beach. Riders can identify affacted stops by customized stop signage at each location, directing them to the nearest available stop. Roughly 37 stops will be affected.

 

How it is going to speed up my trip?

Buses spend roughly 20% of their time at stops, so reducing the overall number of stops can dramatically speed up trips for all riders, according to TransitCenter, a not-for-profit foundation improving public transportation across the United States. When bus stops are too close together, they slow down trips and make service less reliable. With 75% of riders using just 25 stops – or 22% of all stops on the route, it was time to look at improving stop placement.
 


How can I find the closest stop to me?

Riders can find the closest available stop viewing the map here.  The NICE GOMobile smartphone app is a great tool for location and routing services. The  GoMobile App is free to download for iOS and Android phones . Riders are also welcome to call our Transit Information Center at 516-336-6600 for routing information. 

The n22 is among NICE's top ten busiest routes, carrying approximately 5,400 passengers daily. Currently, n22 stops are spaced at an average of 869 feet, while NICE service standards recommend spacing of 1,320 feet (approx. 1/4 mile).

Stop rebalancing is expected to make n22 trips up to 10 minutes faster, affecting approximately 6 percent of passengers with an average walk of 580 feet. 


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Which stops are being moved or removed?

Stops impacted by the program are noted in the map above, running along Old Country Road in Hicksville to Hillside Avenue in Queens. Riders can identify affected stops by customized stop signage at each location, directing them to the nearest available stop. Roughly 33 stops will be affected.

 

 

How it is going to speed up my trip?

Buses spend roughly 20% of their time at stops, so reducing the overall number of stops can dramatically speed up trips for all riders, according to TransitCenter, a not-for-profit foundation improving public transportation across the United States. When bus stops are too close together, they slow down trips and make service less reliable. With 75% of riders using just 25 stops – or 22% of all stops on the route, it was time to look at improving stop placement.
 


How can I find the closest stop to me?

Riders can find the closest available stop viewing the map here.  The NICE GOMobile smartphone app is a great tool for location and routing services. The  GoMobile App is free to download for iOS and Android phones . Riders are also welcome to call our Transit Information Center at 516-336-6600 for routing information. 

The n24 is among NICE's top ten busiest routes, carrying approximately 4,000 passengers daily from Nassau into Queens. NICE is rebalancing these stops in phases, starting with the Nassau County portion. Currently, n24 stops within the county are spaced at an average of 904 feet, while NICE service standards recommend spacing of 1,320 feet (approx. 1/4 mile).

Stop rebalancing is expected to speed up the n24 by 10 percent, affecting approximately 13 percent of passengers with an average walk of 570 feet. Phase II Queens stops will be rebalanced at a later date. 

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Which stops are being moved or removed?

Stops impacted by the program are noted in the map above, running along Old Country Road in Hicksville to 225th Street Jamaica Avenue in Jamiaca. Riders can identify affected stops by customized stop signage at each location, directing them to the nearest available stop. Roughly 38 stops will be affected.

 

 

How it is going to speed up my trip?

Buses spend roughly 20% of their time at stops, so reducing the overall number of stops can dramatically speed up trips for all riders, according to TransitCenter, a not-for-profit foundation improving public transportation across the United States. When bus stops are too close together, they slow down trips and make service less reliable. With 75% of riders using just 25 stops – or 22% of all stops on the route, it was time to look at improving stop placement.
 


How can I find the closest stop to me?

Riders can find the closest available stop viewing the map here.  The NICE GOMobile smartphone app is a great tool for location and routing services. The  GoMobile App is free to download for iOS and Android phones . Riders are also welcome to call our Transit Information Center at 516-336-6600 for routing information.