Inwood West Neighborhood Association

Bus Noise

Posted in: CB9M - Community Board 9 Manhattan
I recently moved to Morningside Heights. We've been especially aware of the sound MTA buses make when they ''kneel down'' to pick up passengers. We happen to live on a large intersection where there are multiple bus stops and we hear this noise constantly. Whats more, as a bus rider, its bad enough that you get blasted by the sound of the bus compressor when it kneels, let alone also hit with the annoying beep indicating that the bus is kneeling. I'm told this is a requirement of all busses in NYC in order to qualify for Federal funding. I believe its supposed to make boarding the bus easier for blind riders. I should think they'd hear the blast of air that precedes the annoying beep and that would be adequate warning. Is there any way to do away with this requirement. If you walk down a major avenue in Manhattan this is all you hear as buses stop to pick-up and drop off passengers.

By dman
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