DOT Denies Yep Tour’s Permit for Madison Street Bus Stop

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 at 5:10 am by

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Yep Tour illegal layover in No Standing zone

Last week, we told you about Chinatown bus operator Yep Tour and its danger to both passengers and the Lower East Side in general. There had been two instances on the same Tuesday earlier this month that highlighted its problems – a hit-and-run in Philadelphia and an onboard fire in Charlotte. Closer to home, though, it’s easy to track their illegal movements.

Yep Tour consistently picks up/drops off passengers all around the neighborhood, without one designated stop. Its buses idle and layover at the Yo Bus stop on Pike Street, currently designated a No Standing Zone; plus, the company allegedly carries and delivers commercial merchandise along its routes.

Community Board 3 denied the request last month for a permit to operate at Madison Street. And now, were are told, the Department of Transportation officially followed suit. Yep Tour will not get what it wants.

The problematic bus company probably sought this curbside stop because, technically, it shouldn’t even be operating in Manhattan. According to DOT records, Yep Tour has a permit specifically tied to the Brooklyn address, “in front of 6010 8th Avenue.” This seems to be an egregious violation.

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Regardless, Yep Tour continues to operate illegally (i.e. outside the scope of their permit). Time will tell if the 5th and 7th Precincts start targeting the operators. Or whether all this is cause for the DOT to revoke the Brooklyn license.

Here is the full list of DOT-approved intercity bus operators as of this month.

NYC Dot Authorized Intercity Bus Stops by BoweryBoogie

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