The tour bus industry has flaunted New York City’s noise code for five years by using loudspeakers on open-air double-decker sightseeing buses. The repeated incursions of these buses at five minutes intervals , seven days a week, as late as 11 p.m. at night have made life of Greenwich Village and Hell’s Kitchen residents unbearable, and lost significant business to stores and restaurateurs by keeping foot traffic away on those routes.
Our elected officials have introduced a legislation to prevent licensing of buses unless they use headphone-limited sound reproduction systems. The bill gives the companies ample time (five years) to complete their fleet conversion, with a phased in approach: by July 2012, our neighborhoods will experience a 40% reduction in noise and 60% by July 2013. No new bus will be licensed without such a system.
Lobbyists for the double-decker tour bus industry are working to push back on the phased in schedule. We need your help to insure the City Council hears the voice of local businesses and residents as well and passes the law on Thursday, April 29th .
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