Silver, Squadron, and Chin Urge DOT to Relocate Yo! Bus Stop

Posted on: September 24th, 2012 at 6:09 am by

Absolutely no one is pleased with the fly-by-night tactics of Greyhound/Peter Pan with its bullshit Yo! Bus stop on lower Essex Street. Lots of angry talk on the street about this. Despite an overwhelming negative response from the community, including a resolution from Community Board 3, the bus stop placement beside SEWARD PARK was quickly approved by the Department of Transportation. Service begins this week.

Now local officials are throwing in their two cents. State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Councilmember Margaret Chin collectively sent a letter to the DOT urging the relocation of this bus stop. We’ve published the plea below:

Dear Commissioner Sadik-Khan and Mr. Leach:

We are writing to express our disappointment at the approval of a temporary bus stop in front of 3 Essex Street, and to urge that the Department of Transportation (DOT) find another location.

As you know, earlier this year, working with DOT, we passed legislation that will bring oversight to the growing and important low-cost bus industry. This legislation will help give stability to an important industry that caused a “Wild West” atmosphere in Chinatown, the Lower East Side, and around the city, while also greatly strengthening community consultation in the process of locating bus stops. The law was signed by Governor Cuomo on August 17, and will not become effective until ninety days after that. As such, this proposed location does not emerge from the process outlined in the bill. Though we appreciate that DOT voluntarily asked for the Community Board’s input, we also believe that for a high-volume and controversial stop, the process outlined in the bill is preferable.

Second, the proposed location was strongly opposed at the Community Board 3 (CB3) meeting on September 11, 2012 and a resolution in opposition passed unanimously. In addition, a petition against this bus stop that was created by local residents has already gathered more than 1,300 signatures. The bus stop is on a relatively narrow street and the crowds that will gather on the sidewalk, as well as the exhaust from idling buses, will negatively impact many children and their families who use Seward Park and the adjacent library. We believe there are more suitable places for this stop, such as near parking lots, on wider streets that are less residential and not close to schools, parks or other facilities frequented by children.

When a community board speaks with a unanimous voice against an application, we believe that DOT must seriously consider such a resolution. I look forward to working with you, the community, bus operators, and our partners on the federal and local levels to implement the bus permit system later this year and continue to improve both safety and quality of life downtown and around the City.

This Yo! Bus curbside stop has backroom job written all over it. We get the feeling that incensed locals might resort to guerrilla tactics when Yo! Bus does arrive…

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  • Chuck

    Janette Sadik-Khan is known for her “I know whats best for you” attitude. She doesn’t have much of a history of working with the community. Write her boss, Mayor Bloomberg and tell him we want him to intervene.

  • Rima Finzi-Strauss

    Could the reporter please follow-up with Sadik-Kahn’s office today to obtain a reaction/decision to this letter? Otherwise, the letter is worth little if it is just filed away with no response.