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Application by inter-city bus operator MJM Travel Group, Inc, for a bus stop on Broadway between 52nd and 51st Streets, in front of 1651 Broadway

At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, September 12, 2019, the following resolution passed with a vote of 42 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, MJM Travel Group, Inc seeks approval from the Department of Transportation (“DOT”) of an Application to operate a bus service between New York City and Woodbury Common, New York on the west side of Broadway Ave between West 52nd and 51st Sts; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant proposes four (4) daily pickups between the hours of 7:00 AM and 10:00AM; and WHEREAS, The Applicant proposes two (2) daily drop-offs between the hours of 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

WHEREAS, The Port Authority Bus Terminal currently operates at or above capacity; and

WHEREAS, In response, several companies began offering low-cost inter-city bus services from on-street pickup and drop off locations without formal authorization from DOT; and

WHEREAS, Without regulation, a high concentration of inter-city bus services developed in certain areas of midtown Manhattan, quickly resulting in increased sidewalk congestion, traffic gridlock, and increased on-street bus parking and double parking, all of which combined to create safety concerns for drivers, pedestrians, local business owners, and residents; and

WHEREAS, The State Legislature adopted Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1642-a in 2013 to address these concerns, empowering DOT to create a permitting system; and

WHEREAS, This law authorizes the City to:

WHEREAS, No other inter-city bus service currently uses this location, which is currently allotted to the defunct tour-bus brand Big Bus; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five assessed this application on a range of criteria in accordance with its
past assessments and found this stop to be significantly less burdensome than the average application,
while offering a service not currently satisfied by competing bus operators; and

WHEREAS, Neighbors and community organizations including the Times Square Alliance generally
expressed support for the location as more appropriate than alternatives in the area; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of MJM Travel Group, Inc’s application
for a bus stop on the west side of Broadway Ave between West 52nd and 51st Streets.

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