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Update on Idling Buses

I have been actively trying to get enforcement of the NYS regulation that prohibits buses from idling at depots and layovers. I have spoken with bus drivers and dispatchers whenever I see a violation of this ordinance. I have also written to various agencies,MTA, Department of Transportation and Mayor Bloomberg's office.

Lately I have seen fewer idling buses. Most of them within my area have shut their engines and when I approach the driver of a bus with its engine on he/she just simply shuts the engine without argument.

The most encouraging sign, literally, was on 39th Avenue in downtown Flushing where many buses terminate and originate. It said that a $2000 fine will be imposed on a driver who idles a bus.

Activism does pay.

# Posted by Eve Winer on 5/16/05; 7:00:44 AM - --