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Connections to the LIRR

As part of our service at NICE, we are committed to connecting our riders to other transportation modes in the greater NY area. As part of that commitment, we offer numerous bus connections to the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), ensuring that our customers can move freely throughout the greater Long Island and New York City metropolitan area.

Major transfer points connecting the LIRR to NICE include Amityville Station (where the LIRR Babylon Branch links to the N54), the Farmingdale Station (where the LIRR Ronkonkoma Branch links to the N70 and N72), the Freeport Station (where the LIRR Babylon Branch links to the N4, N19, N36, N40, N41, N43, and the N62) and the Great Neck Station (where the LIRR Washington Branch links to the N20, N21, N25, N57 and N58.)

Our two major connection points are the Hempstead Transit Center (HTC) and the Mineola Intermodal Center (MIC) which you can learn about in great detail below.

Again, the LIRR stations listed above are only the major transfer points. Nearly all stops on the LIRR in Nassau County are served by one or more NICE bus routes. For a more complete picture of how NICE connects with the LIRR, visit our Maps and Schedules page or the LIRR homepage. (http://lirr42.mta.info/)

The Hempstead Transit Center (HTC)

The Rosa Parks Hempstead Transit Center is the Nassau County bus system's customer facility located between Jackson and West Columbia Streets in Hempstead, New York. It is also the terminus for the Hempstead Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. It offers a a waiting area, transit information, MetroCard vending machines, a newsstand and restrooms.

The HTC is served by the following bus routes: N6, N15, N16, N27, N31, N32, N35, N40, N41, N46, N47, N48, N49, N54, N55, N70, N71 and N72.

Hours of operation of the indoor waiting area are:
Monday-Friday 6:00 a.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

The Mineola Intermodal Center (MIC)

The Mineola Intermodal Center offers convenient connections between the MTA Long Island Rail Road and Nassau Inter-County Express, along with ample parking.

The facility, located on the south side of the LIRR's Mineola Station, features four levels with more than 700 commuter parking spaces. The Center is a stop for seven NICE routes, making connections between the LIRR and NICE faster and easier. In addition travelers may use long-term parking if they are taking the LIRR to connect with AirTrain/JFK.

Other Highlights Include:

  • Two elevators connect commuter parking to the station platforms
  • A pedestrian overpass connects the north and south side of the station
  • Handicapped accessible parking spaces and revenue collection machines
  • On-premise offices for MTA Police, Nassau Inter-County Express Bus Dispatch, and Facility Management
  • Audio Visual Public Address system that informs customers which platform their train will arrive on.

MIC Parking Information:
To help maintain traffic flow, the Mineola Intermodal Center was designed for continuous entry and exit. In lieu of a gate-system, customers first park and then pay at one of the facility's 20 convenient pay stations (see below), which accept cash, credit cards and debit cards.

After parking customers should follow these easy payment steps:

  • Use keypad to enter your space #
  • Select amount of time
  • Insert payment (coins, bills, credit or debit cards)
  • Collect change/receipt

Parking Hours of Operation: 24/7

Parking Rates:
Short Term: $6 per day, up to 20 hours
Long Term: $12 per day/24 hours; 10-day maximum.
Funding for this project was provided through a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant and the MTA Long Island Rail Road Capital Program.

Bus Route and Fare Info:
The Mineola Intermodal Center offers convenient connections to five NICE routes: N22, N23, N24, N40, and N41.

For further information:
Call the Nassau Inter-County Express Travel Information Center at
Monday-Friday, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Customers:
Please use your preferred relay service provider or the free 711 relay to reach 718-217-5477.

Parking Info:
Operated by Standard Parking

Safety/Security Info:
To report suspicious items or activity: 1-888-NYC-SAFE
MTA Police: 212-878-1001