Chinatown Bus

Yep Tour Intercity Bus Operator Owes $300K in Fines, Denied Permit by CB3

Last modified November 17, 2016 at 7:42 am

The years-long battle against intercity buses is gaining more traction. Yep Tour, a Chinatown bus operator that’s elicited vehement local opposition, was again denied a permit to operate by Community Board 3. The company had applied to legitimately operate on Pike Street and East Broadway (former Yo! Bus stop). This was the second denial in […]

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Stop the City from Granting Yep Tour an Intercity Bus Permit, Neighbors Say

Posted October 3, 2016 at 5:00 am

Regulating the Chinatown bus industry is a dead end. The system is broken, and the rogue operators remain on point to capitalize. Illegally, at that. The Chinatown bus town hall organized two years ago was little more than a dog and pony show, despite the attendance of politicians and police brass. Substantive change in this […]

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Report: Cigarette Smugglers Busted in Chinatown Bus Scheme

Last modified March 28, 2017 at 11:29 pm

A cigarette trafficking operation that used Chinatown buses as proverbial drug mules has been busted by the authorities. It was an arbitrage opportunity perpetrated by out-of-state opportunists who bought cheap smokes in Virginia – where taxes are way lower – and shipped north for little cost. In the belly of the unregulated Chinatown bus system. […]

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Manhattan Bridge Safety Upgrades Finally Begin, Six Months Later Than Target Date

Posted May 9, 2016 at 5:00 am

Better late than never. The Manhattan Bridge impasse finally concluded over the weekend. Down at the Manhattan Bridge approach, progress on the multi-pronged safety plan had been severely delayed. More than six months, in fact. Even though the Department of Transportation already implemented the first component back in August – the span’s lower roadway is […]

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Chinatown Bus Permits Aren’t Being Properly Enforced, Town Hall Panel Admits

Posted December 2, 2015 at 5:18 am

Quite fitting that on the night of the Chinatown bus town hall, sponsored by Community Board 3, the direct path to the venue was blocked by said intercity buses… Nevertheless, the show went on. And honestly, it was nothing we hadn’t already heard ad nauseum already. Only this time, it was a dog-and-pony show with […]

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Tonight is Your Chance to Voice Concerns About the Scourge of Chinatown Buses

Last modified December 1, 2015 at 11:27 am

Those concerned about the constant encroachment of the Chinatown bus industry, pay heed. Community Board 3 and local electeds are hosting a town hall dedicated to the intercity bus scourge tonight. It’s the prime opportunity to voice ongoing concerns and potential solutions regarding over-saturation and non-compliance, as the big machers will be in attendance. The […]

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Yep Tour, a Textbook Case of Illegal Chinatown Bus Operations

Posted November 30, 2015 at 10:45 am

Yep Tour illegally operates a Chinatown bus route out of the Lower East Side. We’ve seen this before. As previously disclosed, the company does carry a permit with the Department of Transportation, but it was issued with the Brooklyn location in mind (6010 8th Avenue). Their egregious actions around the neighborhood are rarely in check […]

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CB3 Committee Moves to Approve Another Chinatown Bus Operator

Posted November 16, 2015 at 5:09 am

Heretofore operating illegally on East Broadway, GD Bus Tour Inc. is now looking to legitimize its intercity bus company. They’ve already signed a lease on a store at 125 East Broadway (sign is up), and plan on continuing twice-a-day service to Orlando, Florida. The stop will piggyback off the M9 there. Its owners appeared before […]

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DOT Denies Yep Tour’s Permit for Madison Street Bus Stop

Posted August 24, 2015 at 5:10 am

Last week, we told you about Chinatown bus operator Yep Tour and its danger to both passengers and the Lower East Side in general. There had been two instances on the same Tuesday earlier this month that highlighted its problems – a hit-and-run in Philadelphia and an onboard fire in Charlotte. Closer to home, though, […]

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Why Chinatown Bus Operator ‘Yep Tour’ is a Dangerous Bet

Posted August 19, 2015 at 5:19 am

Get to know your Chinatown buses. Yep Tour is somewhat off the radar, both for operating illegally (i.e. without permit) and for not having widespread name recognition. However, it’s been in the local and national news quite a bit the last month. Here on the Lower East Side, the Massachussetts-based Yep Tour tried to legitimize […]

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