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Request on behalf of the Hampton Jitney for a Bus Stop in front of 488 7th Avenue (west side of the street, between West 36th and West 37th Streets) with no pickups and one drop-off weekly, Wednesdays at 11:27 AM

WHEREAS, Applicant seeks approval from the DOT of an application to operate an intercity bus service between New York City and Long Island from 488 7th Ave between 36th and 37th Streets; and

WHEREAS, The Port Authority Bus Terminal currently operates at or above capacity and is not accepting new busses; and

WHEREAS, In response, over the past 15 years several companies have begun offering low cost intercity bus services from on-street pick-up and drop-off locations without formal authorization from the DOT; and

WHEREAS, Without regulation, a high concentration of intercity bus services has developed in certain areas of midtown Manhattan resulting in increased sidewalk congestion, traffic gridlock, increased on-street bus parking and double parking, and safety concerns for drivers, pedestrians, local business owners, and residents; and

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

WHEREAS, CB5 visited the site and found it to be an appropriate location for a bus stop; and

WHEREAS, No members of the public commented about this application; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant proposes one weekly drop off at 11:27am on Wednesdays; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant would like to work with the surrounding community; and

WHEREAS, Based on complaints and using its discretion, the DOT can revoke these permits in the future for non-compliance and in the case of bad actors; and

WHEREAS, Although Community Board Five recognizes that the management of intercity bus companies requires greater study, it is supportive of the DOT's efforts to decrease road and sidewalk congestion in midtown Manhattan, address safety concerns of drivers, pedestrians, travelers, and residents, and better regulate the increasing number of intercity bus services; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of Hampton Jitney's application to the New York City Department of Transportation for an on-street in front of 488 7th Avenue (west side of the street, between West 36th and West 37th Streets). No pickups and one drop-off weekly, Wednesdays at 11:27 AM.

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