We told you last week that a couple of dozen buses that the city wanted to park in Tribeca until the community rebelled, were headed for the East River, under the FDR. That was going to delay the next phase of the East River Park construction project. Now, according to the Downtown Express, the city has worked out a deal to move those buses to Chelsea. They are still trying to figure out what to do with dozens of buses that have been parked under the FDR for some time.
Here's the way Curbed put it today: "East side the real victim in Tribeca bus war." Neighborhood groups and City Councilman Alan Gerson, fought off the city's plan to move 18 buses to Tribeca. Based on an article in Downtown Express, it appears those buses are now headed for a location beneath FDR Drive, along the East River. They'll join 74 commuter and tour buses already there. But it gets even worse: until the Department of Transportation finds some place to move them, work can't begin on the long delayed East River Esplanande Project, connecting East River Park to Battery City Park.
At the same time, the city is struggling to find a long-term solution to the glut of tour buses clogging the streets of downtown. We told you recently about the plight of the residents on Pike Street, who are forced to put up with idling buses and crowds of passengers outside their apartment buildings.