SPaCE Block Association Unveils Chinatown Bus ‘Reporting Tool’
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Many outspoken residents living in the so-called bus depot of Chinatown remain skeptical about the enforcement of recent legislation to regulate the industry. Since the city apparently sucks at policing the Chinatown bus situation, despite assurances to the contrary, locals are getting all vigilante. Due to “mounting frustration,” they’re taking matters into their own hands. At the forefront of the fight is the SPaCE neighborhood block association.
Founder Emma Culbert released the following statement:
If the governing bodies of NYC are unable to successfully surveil the private bus industry, then we will do it for them. The DOT and the city must be made fully aware of the gravity of this situation and held accountable. Members of our community have created a website where we can report violations. We will take this data and present it to the DOT, CB3, the 7th Precinct and the media.
However, there is apparently no mechanism to track bus operator violations, not even through 311. SPaCE confirmed as much in a recent email to us. The solution, as stated above, is a new website to help collect and log the various infractions (“Save LES Streets”). The goal is mobilizing residents to report the following:
- Illegal pick up/drop off (Many buses do not have a permit, therefore, take pictures of any bus you see. When entering the information to the website, it will tell you if the bus has a legal permit).
- Idling for more than 3 minutes.
- Congested sidewalk.
- Oversold seats.
- Trash left on the sidewalk from patrons.