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Request by Go New York Tours, Inc., dba Top View, for a bus stop at 766 8th Avenue at West 47th Street, as part of a city-wide touring attraction.

At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, February 10, 2022, the following resolution passed with a vote of 37 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, Go New York Tours, Inc., dba Top View (“Applicant”), seeks approval from the Department of Transportation (“DOT”) of an Application to add pick-ups and drop-offs to its Top View touring bus; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant proposes this bus stop for pick-ups and drop-offs in front of 766 8th Avenue at West 47th St, for service Monday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a pick up every 30 minutes; and

WHEREAS, The current parking regulation is No Standing; and

WHEREAS, This is a pre-existing bus stop for Gray Line New York Tours, Inc., however, this stop has been suspended due to the pandemic; and 

WHEREAS, MTA Service is subject to change due to traffic conditions; and

WHEREAS, Go New York Tours, Inc. dba Top View pick-ups and drop-offs will be made expeditiously; and

WHEREAS, Without regulation, a high concentration of intercity 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 2014 to address these concerns, empowering DOT to create a permitting system; and

WHEREAS, This law authorizes the City to: 

WHEREAS, DOT inspected this location and considers it appropriate; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five’s Transportation and Environment Committee assessed this application and viewed the location at 766 8th Avenue at West 47th Street; and

WHEREAS, Neighbors and community organizations including Community Board Five generally had no objection to additional use at this location; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the Go New York Tours, Inc., dba Top View, application for a bus stop at 766 8th Avenue at West 47th Street, so long as the stops do not interfere with other buses, the flow of traffic, or pedestrian and there is no conflict in any way with MTA buses.

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