NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A new state law taking effect soon will cut down on congestion caused by popular low-cost inter-city bus lines in New York City.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law on Friday. The goal is to address serious traffic problems created in Manhattan’s Chinatown and other places where the buses idled, waiting for passengers.

The law will allow the city to designate bus stops, regulate the number of passengers and say where they should be parked when not in use.

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the law will create clear rules for operators and make the growing inter-city bus system more reliable and safer for passengers.

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