Community Board 3 took a stand last night against a new permit for a bus company operating illegally from 125 East Broadway.
Earlier this month, the board’s transportation committee signaled its support for an application from GD Tour Inc. For at least the past year, the company has been using an MTA (M9) bus stop for one daily departure and one arrival. State law requires intercity buses to operate only from approved locations. GD Tour was trying to go legit. At the time, committee members voting in favor of the application said they believed the city would sign off on the location even if the board disapproved. They thought it would be better to support the license and to impose operating restrictions.
But last night at the full board meeting, leaders of the SPaCE Block Association and CB3 members urged a reversal of the committee’s decision. They argued that the area is already too congested. They also voiced worries about unsafe conditions for city bus passengers who must walk out into the street to catch the M9 (see this video).
“There are cases where we should just say no,” said SPaCE and CB3 member Linda Jones, “and this is one of them.” Nancy Ortiz, another CB3 member, said pedestrian safety is obviously a major issue. As we reported this morning, a resident of the Valdeck Houses was killed by a city bus on Madison Street on Monday. Community board member Dominic Berg added, “It’s criminal that no one is taking responsibility for this. He pointed out that there’s little or no enforcement of the intercity bus permit system. “It is wrong.”
Community Board 3 and State Sen. Daniel Squadron are hosting a town hall meeting Dec. 1 to address concerns about intercity buses. It will take place at 6:30 p.m, at P.S. 124, 40 Division St.