Stop the City from Granting Yep Tour an Intercity Bus Permit, Neighbors Say

Posted on: October 3rd, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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Regulating the Chinatown bus industry is a dead end. The system is broken, and the rogue operators remain on point to capitalize. Illegally, at that.

The Chinatown bus town hall organized two years ago was little more than a dog and pony show, despite the attendance of politicians and police brass. Substantive change in this arena has been anemic, at best, while notorious players like Yep Tour have acted with impunity for years. Now these guys seek legitimacy with a permit to operate where the now-defunct Yo Bus! previously held court. Pike Street.

Representatives from Yep Tour will appear before the Transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3 this month for approval (October 20, 70 East 4th, 6:30pm).

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Long lines for Yep buses on Pike St.

The SPaCE Block Association, meanwhile, is pushing hard for the advisory body, and the Department of Transportation, to deny a permit to Yep Tour. Not surprising, as the Chinatown bus industry was a primary reason for the group’s birth in the first place. There is also a petition in play to garner support for the opposition. It reads, in part:

To date, YEP Tour Inc. has operated egregiously, while flagrantly disregarding the law. Daily for the last 2 years, they have simultaneously operated 5 buses, illegally picking up and dropping off passengers and illegally parking in and around the intersection of Pike Street and East Broadway in Manhattan. YEP Tour Inc. has been fined thousands of dollars which they have not paid. They have regularly created a major commotion and nuisance for both local residents, business owners, and transient citizens.

Approval of an Intercity Bus Permit for YEP Tour Inc. would make it very clear that the DOT and our elected politicians do not represent the people for whom they have been hired and elected to serve. Further, it would make an unambiguous announcement to all other non-permitted intercity bus companies that if they create a massive presence, have zero regard for the highly residential community they operate within, while not paying their fines, then eventually, they too will get a permit.

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