Yo! Bus Curbside Expansion Denied by CB3
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Yo! Bus applied last month to expand its curbside pickup service on Pike Street, but Community Board 3 was not convinced. The full advisory body ultimately voted to deny the corporate Chinatown bus company (i.e. Greyhound/Peter Pan) the privilege of doubling its service (28 round trips) and its plan to annex more sidewalk median space. However, they were amenable to allowing hours of operation to extend to 12:30 am.
Reasoning behind the judgement was twofold. First off, is congestion. The tiny concrete island outside 2 Pike Street is overburdened by the current situation, as we’ve previously chronicled. Crowds of passengers spill into the intersection. Not to mention the queue of buses.
Second is the more general state of the Chinatown bus industry here, which is saturated with bus operators. Despite relatively new city oversight, more are coming to the fray.
While the CB3 decision to curb Yo! Bus is seemingly a win for the neighborhood, the Department of Transportation has the final say on the matter, so this could very well be overturned.