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Followup: New Lower East Side Bus Stop Applications

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Here’s some more information about those proposed interstate bus stop applications we mentioned yesterday.

160 East Broadway.
160 East Broadway.

Community Board 3 will weigh in on the proposals at the October 8 transportation committee meeting.  See below for additional details from the Department of Transportation about each application.

  • Z & D Tours, 59 Canal St; a shared location with existing operator Virginia Seagull. The company is requesting two pickups and two drop-offs daily for service to Virginia.
  • Hong Yun Inc, opposite of 132 Madison St, east of Mechanic Alley, under the Manhattan Bridge; two pickups/two drop-offs requested for service to North Wales and Hatfield, Pennsylvania.
  • Pandora Travel Inc, 30 Pike St; a shared stop with Asian Express in front of a DEP facility; three arrivals/departures requested.
  • AA Bus Inc, 160 E Broadway; 1 pickup/1 drop-off (10:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.) for service to Chicago.

In a letter from DOT to the community board dated September 24, Lower Manhattan Borough Commissioner Luis Sanchez notes that the agency approved the Asian Express application at 30 Pike St.   It wasn’t until the evening of September 24 (Tuesday), the community board voted against this application, citing the fact that the company runs a casino bus to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  DOT is required under a new state law to consult with community boards but is under no obligation to follow their guidance. Earlier this month, City Council member Margaret Chin came out against the Asian Express application in a letter to CB3 and forwarded to DOT.  You can read the letter here:

 

Margaret Chin letter: Chinatown bus stops by The Lo-Down

 

 

 

 

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