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CB3 Condemns Yep Tour, Calls on City to Reverse Pike Street Bus Permit

Posted April 7, 2017 at 5:00 am

Spare the rod, spoil Yep Tour. That seems to be what’s happening. Yep Tour, one of the worst bus operators in Chinatown, was awarded a six-month bus stop on Pike Street last month. The community, for its part, feels betrayed by the city’s decision to exercise this “nuclear option,” and this week’s Transportation subcommittee meeting […]

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DOT Flip-Flops, Grants Yep Tour a Temporary Intercity Bus Permit

Posted April 4, 2017 at 9:34 am

The city’s Department of Transportation flip-flopped and agreed to issue the egregious Chinatown bus operator Yep Tour a temporary permit for a stop at Pike Street and East Broadway, Community Board 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer confirmed last week. This reversal comes nearly two months after the agency blocked the identical application for loading and […]

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Bus Bust: Another 3 Yep Tour Buses Seized, Held Ransom for $127K in Fines

Posted February 6, 2017 at 5:03 am

Running, police on its back… The bullseye on Yep Tour’s back is getting bigger by the day. For the third time in the last month, the authorities seized several buses in its fleet, holding three vehicles for six-figures ransom. If you’re keeping score at home, that brings the total number of confiscated Yep buses to […]

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Another Yep Tour Bus Seized on Pike Street, Forced to Pay $4K in Traffic Violations

Posted January 30, 2017 at 5:12 am

Is Yep Tour’s number finally up? The controversial intercity bus company is getting some serious heat from cops. Indeed, the New York City Sheriff is hot on its tail, so to speak, and struck again last Thursday night for the second time in three weeks. Officers seized another in its fleet, while also levying a […]

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Yep Tour Chinatown Buses Seized, Forced to Pay $15K in Fines

Posted January 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

Opposition continues to mount in the ongoing battle against illegally operating intercity buses. Back in November, the CB3 Transportation subcommittee denied Yep Tour a permit to operate on Pike Street and East Broadway, as it would set a dangerous precedent for other unchecked bus companies. The motion to deny carried, though Yep Tour nevertheless stayed classy in admitting […]

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Yep Tour Intercity Bus Operator Owes $300K in Fines, Denied Permit by CB3

Last modified November 17, 2016 at 7:42 am

The years-long battle against intercity buses is gaining more traction. Yep Tour, a Chinatown bus operator that’s elicited vehement local opposition, was again denied a permit to operate by Community Board 3. The company had applied to legitimately operate on Pike Street and East Broadway (former Yo! Bus stop). This was the second denial in […]

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

Posted October 3, 2016 at 5:00 am

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 […]

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Report: Cigarette Smugglers Busted in Chinatown Bus Scheme

Last modified March 28, 2017 at 11:29 pm

A cigarette trafficking operation that used Chinatown buses as proverbial drug mules has been busted by the authorities. It was an arbitrage opportunity perpetrated by out-of-state opportunists who bought cheap smokes in Virginia – where taxes are way lower – and shipped north for little cost. In the belly of the unregulated Chinatown bus system. […]

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Manhattan Bridge Safety Upgrades Finally Begin, Six Months Later Than Target Date

Posted May 9, 2016 at 5:00 am

Better late than never. The Manhattan Bridge impasse finally concluded over the weekend. Down at the Manhattan Bridge approach, progress on the multi-pronged safety plan had been severely delayed. More than six months, in fact. Even though the Department of Transportation already implemented the first component back in August – the span’s lower roadway is […]

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Chinatown Bus Permits Aren’t Being Properly Enforced, Town Hall Panel Admits

Posted December 2, 2015 at 5:18 am

Quite fitting that on the night of the Chinatown bus town hall, sponsored by Community Board 3, the direct path to the venue was blocked by said intercity buses… Nevertheless, the show went on. And honestly, it was nothing we hadn’t already heard ad nauseum already. Only this time, it was a dog-and-pony show with […]

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