Group: Inter-City Discount Buses Clogging Midtown Streets And Sidewalks

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Business owners are complaining that a stream of buses are crowding Midtown streets scaring away customers and creating a dangerous scenario for pedestrians.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman In Midtown

Bobby, who runs a restaurant on West 33rd Street, says he’s seen it everyday for the past two years and claims the buses don’t show any respect for the storefronts.

“It’s just an assembly. [It] looks like a flash mob appears,” he says. “Customers who really want to pass through get intimidated because they all have the suitcases with the strollers and who knows what’s inside those suitcases. [It] could be an Oxycontin convention going on in D.C. We don’t know.”

The crowd around a BoltBus on West 33rd Street - New York, NY - Jul 11, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

The crowd around a BoltBus on West 33rd Street - New York, NY - Jul 11, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Discount inter-city buses like the BoltBus line up on this narrow street blocking traffic and packing the sidewalk with suitcases.

The BoltBus also picks up and drops off customers on West 34th Street across from a movie theatre forcing pedestrians to walk out into the streets and around the buses.

“They can get squished there and we’re very worried about an incident,” Dan Biederman, who runs the 34th Street Partnership, told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman. “The idea of loading inter-city buses in a commercial district was a shock to everyone.”

The group has hired a lawyer threatening to sue the city, state and bus companies over the issue.

“We don’t use words like sue very often, but this is so catastrophic for our district after all the progress that’s been made,” Biederman said.

The Department of Transportation says it is working on finding a new spot for these buses.

A spokesperson for BoltBus says they haven’t been contacted by the city.

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  1. Andrew says:

    I have to say, this article sounds pretty ridiculous–It’s NYC, buses are everywhere and so are people! Business owners should deal with it! Are people REALLY intimidated by the “Oxycontin convention in DC”? I mean, REALLY now…Oxycontin convention!? What an idiot.

  2. Meme Meyagi says:

    actually these buses bring more customers to the area businesses, so one unhappy business owner can stuff it up his behind

  3. kathi Stefano says:

    I wonder if there would be complaints and concerns if this was a bus to the Hamptons.

  4. Brucie says:

    The buses should use the bus terminal, that’s what it’s there for. They are saving money by not paying Port Authority fees at the expense of pedestrians and businesses.

  5. StormsNYC says:

    “Customers who really want to pass through get intimidated because they all have the suitcases with the strollers and who knows what’s inside those suitcases. [It] could be an Oxycontin convention going on in D.C. We don’t know.”

    Really? This guy is an idiot. I ride the Boltbus from 34th and 8th down to Philly on a regular basis, and the ridership consists mostly of young professionals, not hoodlums or rifraff.

    I find the argument a bit lacking considering that the pickup spot is in front of a theater, and that its a block from Penn Station. Penn Station attracts people with bags to begin with, as does the subway enterance at that corner. This is some real crack, fact based journalism.

  6. Steve says:

    “Working on finding a new spot for these buses”…??? Huh? Isn’t that called the Port Authority Bus Terminal? Shut these companies down. Seize their buses.

    1. Meme Meyagi says:

      lets shut you down first

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