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State Legislation Regulating “Chinatown Buses” Apparently Moving Forward

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For the past couple of years, local elected officials have been pushing to regulate those so-called “Chinatown buses,” which have been such a big problem throughout Lower Manhattan.  But legislation in Albany setting up a permit system in New York City had been blocked by Senate Republicans.  We just received a news advisory from State Senator Daniel Squadron indicating there’s finally a deal to move the legislation forward.

At a news conference tomorrow, Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, City Council member Margaret Chin and DOT Commissioner Janette Sadek-Khan will “announce an agreement on state legislation to create the first-ever permit system for intercity buses, giving the city the power to regulate the industry and designate pick-up and drop-off locations, and creating much-needed oversight ability.”

More to come tomorrow…

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  1. As a NYS Commercial driver, i find it heard to believe that these bus drivers have the proper license to drive. I took the test about 9 years ago and it was heard for me especially if you require endorsements, haz-mat passengers,and many others.

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