DOT Denies 2 of 3 New Chinatown Bus Locations Planned for Canal Street
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The cacophonous crew of Canal Street denizens scored another victory against the over-saturated Chinatown bus industry.
You’ll recall that last month, three established Chinatown bus operators sought curbside stops along the easternmost corridor of Canal, angering the locals. The SPaCE block association helped lead the opposition, which claimed that the area was being turned into a de facto bus depot. We heard plenty of gripes about these companies compromising area safety, contributing to congestion and pollution. So, in a rare moment of punk, Community Board 3 denied the applicants without adding stipulations, despite the tendency of the Department of Transportation to approve pretty much all these.
Their stand ultimately proved successful.
In an email to District Manager Susan Stetzer (read at the Transportation subcommittee last night), the DOT decided to reject a bus stop at 50 Canal Street for Cash World Tours; same ruling for the Diaspora bus company at 159 Canal, which had planned a storefront at the old Fung Wah depot.
However, the DOT felt comfortable allowing Happy Go Travel to operate one dropoff/pickup at 59 Canal Street. There are now four different bus companies at this address.