Those Long-Haul Buses Really Don't Belong in New York City

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New York's Midtown denizens constantly gripe about the inter-city bus companies that use Manhattan's curbs as loading zones, and on Monday it turned out their complaints were legitimate as at least one company's coaches were too heavy for city streets.

Megabus, one of the companies that drops off and picks up passengers near, but not in, New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal, operates double-decker buses, which weigh in at 4,000 pounds heavier than the city's limit, DNA Info found. The buses are a staple in cities up and down the East Coast, serving Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and the rest of the region's urban centers.Midtown is jammed of not just Megabus buses but Boltbus, DC2NY, MVP and others. The local community board's been pressuring the city to crack down on the long-haul buses that load and unload on already clogged streets. The finding about Megabus gives it ammunition for "a series of letters to the Department of Transportation calling on them to enforce the laws and limit Megabus to 55 passengers."

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