Tuesday 6 December 2016

City Council silences tour buses

Published 01/05/2010 | 09:27

A Wall Street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange.
A Wall Street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange.

The New York City Council is considering a bill that would silence the hundreds of double-decker tour buses that roll through the streets by requiring a headphone system to replace loudspeakers.

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The council votes on the legislation on Thursday afternoon.

Beginning in April 2012, the law would require any new bus licensed by the city's consumer affairs department to have a headphone system.

All buses citywide would have to have the system by 2022.

Tour bus companies say it will be costly. They also say New York City is just a noisy town.

Residents in neighbourhoods on the bus routes have complained about the loudspeakers for years.

They say they hear them multiple times a day, starting early in the morning.

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