Harlem Residents Say Bus Depot Construction is Making Area Unsafe Updated April 12, 2012 10:00am
An articulated MTA bus parks partially on the sidewalk along 146th Street between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)
HARLEM The Metropolitan Transportation Authority got an earful of complaints from residents Wednesday night.
The agency heard it about everything from buses endangering pedestrians and parking on the sidewalk, to the removal of parking spacessurrounding the re-construction of the Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot at Lenox Avenue and 147th Street.
"Buses should not be all over the place. My granddaughter should not be afraid to cross the street," said Bette White, a resident of Esplanade Gardens, a development of six high-rise apartment buildings adjacent to the depot.
"Half of the bus is on the sidewalk and half is on the street. It should be safety first, especially for all the kids in the neighborhood," White added.
The new $218 million, 70 foot high state-of the-art bus depot is replacing a 25-foot-tall 100-year-old trolley barn that was converted to a bus depot in the 1940s. The new depot will house 122 ultra low sulfur diesel buses and parking for MTA employees.
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