Breaking: DOT Decides Against Yo! Bus Stop on Essex Street

Posted on: September 25th, 2012 at 12:13 pm by

At the eleventh hour, it appears pressure from city politicians worked. Greyhound’s YO! Bus WILL NOT be putting a stop on Essex Street beside Seward Park. The Department of Transportation ultimately acquiesced to the concerns of the neighborhood. The following official statement was just released collectively from the offices of State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Councilmember Margaret Chin:

“We are very pleased that the Department of Transportation has decided not to go forward with the bus stop currently approved at 3 Essex Street.

“Our community has spoken loudly and clearly. Now, we urge DOT to go back to the Community Board and work with its members, as well as the public, in a collaborative manner to come up with a solution that works for our neighborhood.

The legislation we authored to oversee intercity buses lays out a procedure for working with the community to identify appropriate locations for bus stops. We look forward to seeing that procedure followed in the future.”

This probably isn’t the end of the road. Expect to see these jokers put a bus stop elsewhere on the Lower East Side…

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  • Chuck

    A big thanks to everyone in the community who spoke up. Also a big thanks to boweryboogie. This would not have been possible without your support.

  • gardanni

    “This probably isn’t the end of the road.”

    Of course not! Essex Street between East Broadway and Grand Street remains a desolate place — if anything, it is most surprising that the prospect of putting a bus depot there has taken so many decades to come up! Now is the time to recognize the value of this space in the context of our community and to take action to fully integrate it into our neighborhood. With that in mind, I advocate opening the Essex Street gates of Seward Park! Details can be found here: http://spbuzz.org/articles/gates_of_seward_park.php .

    • Concerned

      Strongly opposed to ‘opening’ the side gates of Seward Park. Numerous safety issues for small children have been raised in the past, plus Parks Dept. personnel and emergency vehicles would have great difficulty entering the park here.

      Please, why raise your issue now when the subject at hand is curb side buses at Seward Park? One thing at a time

      • gardanni

        “Why raise your issue now when the subject at hand is curb side buses at Seward Park? One thing at a time.”

        The “void” on that street will be filled with a bus depot or something equally despicable sooner or later. In fact, the current desolation and blight is rather despicable in its own right. And this certainly contributes to social and economic malaise of that immediate neighborhood. The issue is the same – what to do with our neighborhood.

        With regard to the safety issues, these can certainly be reasonably addressed, though perhaps it would entail recognizing that our park serves the greater community park and is not solely an oversized playground. In any case, such a large space would certainly be safer if Parks Dept. personnel and emergency vehicles could access the park from an additional point other than at Jefferson Street.

        Your views are appreciated, but I believe they reflect backwards to a time when this neighborhood had a far different complexion and very different needs.

  • Rima Finzi-Strauss

    Bowery Boogie – You have provided such excellent coverage throughout this entire saga- and often with a sense of humor!
    You truly are an asset to your neighbors on the Lower East Side!!

    A huge ‘thank you’ to all those who participated in opposing a curb-side bus service at Seward Park. And right now, if I could, I would give a bear hug to Sheldon Silver, Daniel Squadron, and Margaret Chin! Where would we be now without their amazing help!

  • Rima Finzi-Strauss

    Now that this is over I want to share some of my impressions from being iintimately involved with the opposition to Greyhound’s Bus stop at Seward Park.
    To me, this is a story of great injustice inflicted on a local community:
    First, the outrageous proposal that a large 28/day bus stop should be outside Seward Park. Then, the huge community opposition, the resulting CB3 vote’No,’ the NYCDOT’s total disregard of this community input, the relentless pressure the community put upon elected officials, the 3 elected officials who finally did an 11th hour rescue attempt, then still no response from DOT, a final push- and only 3 hours before Greyhound’s first 3 PM bus, DOT agreed to rescind Greyhound ‘YO’ Bus’s permit .
    A truly fearsome tale of how NYCDOT so brazenly ignored community concerns. But not only them – Why did the local community have to go through so much torment convincing other NYC officials and elected officials that a curb side bus service should not destroy our gentle little park and neighborhood? Why did we have to fight so hard just for survival of this special place?
    I will never understand this…..