Long Island Bus is the name of the subdivision of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority that provides bus service throughout Nassau County and some stops along the western border of Suffolk County and the eastern border of Queens in New York City.
Founded in 1973 under the name 'Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority' by the combination of ten privately-chartered bus companies, including Mid-Island Transit, Bee-Line, Inc., Jerusalem Av Bus Co, Schenck Transit Lines, and Utility Bus Lines, the system now consists of 417 buses running 54 routes covering 995 miles. According to MTA figures, 104,604 people use Long Island Bus to commute around Nassau County, and many continue their trip into New York City by utilizing the system's five connections to the MTA New York City subway system or the 46 connections to the MTA Long Island Rail Road. The bus system also serves seven major shopping malls in Nassau and western Suffolk (including Green Acres Shopping Mall in Valley Stream, Roosevelt Field Shopping Mall in Garden City, Broadway Mall in Hicksville, Sunrise Mall in Massapequa, and Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington), as well as the popular summer destination Jones Beach, many colleges, theaters, parks, and government and unemployment agencies.
Long Island Bus began replacing its diesel bus fleet in 1991 with buses operating on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) technology. Now, clean-air buses outnumber diesel buses by more than 3 to 1, and combined with the efforts of the New York City Transit division of the MTA, New York has the cleanest public transportation system in the United States outside of California.
LongIsland is connected to the mainland and the other island boroughs by a ribbon of vehicular bridges that cross the East River, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge (which connects to Staten Island), and several tunnels carrying motor vehicles and trains.
LongIsland has a climate that is very similar to other coastal areas of the Northeastern United States; it has warm, humid summers and cold winters, but the Atlantic Ocean helps bring afternoon sea breezes that temper the heat in the warmer months and limit the frequency and severity of thunderstorms.
In sequence from shallowest to deepest, the LongIsland aquifers are: the Upper Glacial, the Magothy and the Lloyd Aquifers.
MTA LongIslandBus (properly, the Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority (MSBA)) is the name of the subdivision of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority that provides bus service throughout Nassau County and some stops along the western border of Suffolk County and the eastern border of Queens in New York City.
LongIslandBus began replacing its diesel bus fleet in 1991 with buses operating on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) technology.
At bus stops in the Queens and Suffolk County, the routes are prefixed with a "N" to signify "Nassau County" to fall in line with other nomenclature used by the MTA.
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