More than 80% of New York City’s buses are scheduled to run from late June through October, but the buses’ schedules are a little trickier.
On Thursday, a group of bus operators staged a protest at the New York Public Library, demanding the shuttles be scrapped and instead offered discounted fares.
The group also called for a “right to refuse” from bus operators.
“Greyhound has been the city’s most successful public transport company for years, and the company has always provided a level of service that is comparable to other transit companies in New York,” read the letter, signed by the operators of four buses and six taxis.
“Greyhound bus service has a long and storied history in New England.
But for the last several years, the company and the City of New Orleans have been fighting a battle over their ownership.
The operators want the shuttered Greyhound buses to continue operating in New Orleans, but New York is the only state in which we do not have the right to refuse a Greyhound bus.
It is an unfair fight.”
The letter is the latest in a series of coordinated protests and actions from the operators in the past few months.
On Tuesday, a coalition of eight operators and some community members protested outside of the New Jersey capitol building, chanting “Shut down the Greyhound!”
The operator, New Jersey Greyhound, had already filed for bankruptcy protection in New Jersey.
On Wednesday, the operator of a Greybus bus in South Florida, Florida Greyhound Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
On Thursday, operators of three of the four shuttled buses in the Bronx, New York, called on drivers to refuse service.
“We’re not the only ones who are unhappy about this,” said George Gavazza, who runs the Harlem Greyhound and the Bronx Greyhound operations, according to the New Times.
“I am a lot more than angry.
I’m a lot sadder than sadder.
We are all feeling sad, too.”
According to the letter sent by the operator and posted on Facebook, the operators are not asking drivers to “reconsider” their decision to choose the shutters, but instead are asking drivers “to consider alternatives to a bus service that has always been offered by Greyhound.”
The operators have also filed a motion with the New Orleans City Council, requesting that the City Council “revoke the shuttle shuttling agreement.”
In a statement, a spokesperson for New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, said, “I do not think that the operators should be making a political statement about the shuttering of a company that they are part of.
In fact, they should be focusing on ensuring that New York has an excellent, efficient and affordable transit system.”
The shuttler operators have not yet responded to The Hill’s request for comment.
The Greyhound operators also have filed an appeal of a New Orleans city court decision that overturned the operator’s bankruptcy filing.
In a letter to New Orleans’ court, the Greyhounds said that the operator “was not in good standing with the City as a private entity prior to bankruptcy.”
“We will continue to work closely with the city, and we are confident that we will prevail in the court of law,” the letter said.
“It is unfortunate that New Orleans has become a place where people fear and dislike a company which is based in a city with a rich history of racial and ethnic integration.
The Greyhousers are a company of color that have built a legacy that should be celebrated and supported.”