Tuesday, March 15, 2011

D.C. looks to regulate buses to New York

When we reported that Bolt Bus and MegaBus were moving from the old convention center parking lot, we didn't realize it would create such a fuss.

Now TBD reports that the D.C. Department of Transportation is getting fed up with the growing number of buses transporting people out of the city because they are pulling over anywhere, clogging up traffic, and blocking sidewalks.

The Transportation Department is proposing rules that would require these bus companies to register their pick-up and drop-off locations.  Under the new rules, they will also be required to have policies in place to have an orderly line to get on the bus, clearing sidewalks.

Furthermore, the Washington Post reports, buses will be required to get a permit to occupy curb space--though it will only be $50 per year.  Signs announcing the bus stops will also be regulated under the proposal.  Signs on existing poles will cost $250 and new signs will cost $500.

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