December 13, 2019. The Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE), New York, unveiled 29 new vehicles to its fleet, including 10 compressed natural gas (CNG) units.

“These fleet additions will enhance efficiency and improve on-time performance across Nassau’s fixed-route system, especially during rush-hour,” Jack Khzouz, CEO of NICE, said. “The vehicles are a much-needed addition to our fleet, bringing it to 278 fixed-route vehicles, which accommodate roughly 445 scheduled trips a day on average.”

These new buses were added to NICE’s fleet throughout the second and third quarter of 2019, largely thanks to funding by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), which was matched by local and New York State budgets.

The CNG buses will seat 35 passengers, with up to two mobility devices. The bus, a 40-foot Xcelsior XN40 New Flyer of America, is used in New York City and includes an advanced brake monitoring system, back-up camera, HD interior and exterior video surveillance and digital rear signage to alert drivers when a vehicle is about to stop.

But that’s not all. NICE’s Able-Ride service also added 14 new 22-foot Ford E-350 StarCraft vehicles. These smaller buses can transport up to 10 riders and three mobility devices. They also added five 26-foot Ford E-450 buses.

“Riders will find the new vehicles roomy and very comfortable, not only for them but also for their Guide Dogs,” Sudesh DeSilva, director of paratransit at NICE, said. “In addition, our customers using a mobility device will appreciate the extra space to easily maneuver themselves without assistance from an operator.”