Request by Tripper Bus Company for Bus Stop on Southeast Corner of Eighth Avenue and 30th Street
WHEREAS, Tripper Bus Service (the "Applicant") is a private bus company operating a chartered bus service between New York City and the Washington, DC metropolitan area; and
WHEREAS, The company's current bus stop at the corner of 34th Street and Seventh Avenue will be displaced temporarily in connection with upcoming construction at Madison Square Garden; and
WHEREAS, The Applicant has applied to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) for a temporary bus stop at the southeast corner of 30th Street and Eighth Avenue for the duration of construction at Madison Square Garden, given this new location's reasonable proximity to Penn Station; and
WHEREAS, The District Office of Community Board Five received several e-mails from community residents in opposition to this request; and
WHEREAS, At the May 23, 2011 Transportation and Environment Committee meeting, members of the public who were present spoke unanimously in opposition to the temporary location requested by the Applicant, citing significant existing vehicular and pedestrian congestion in the area, a percentage of which might be in connection with the existing Vamoose Bus stop at 30th Street and Eighth Avenue; and
WHEREAS, Given information provided by the DOT that as of April 2011, there already are 137 bus stops in Manhattan for private or chartered bus companies, of which 58 alone are located within the Community Board Five district, it would appear that approval of the creation of any new bus stops for private bus services can only exacerbate existing vehicular and pedestrian congestion in the Community Board Five district; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five has, on numerous occasions, requested that the DOT initiate a study for a comprehensive surface transportation plan that would examine potential adverse impacts in connection with private bus companies operating in the district; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to the DOT by the Applicant for the creation of a new private bus stop on the corner of 30th Street and Eighth Avenue.
The above resolution passed with a vote of 36 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstaining.