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Bieber's New York City bus stop has some calling for change

NEW YORK - Originally, Bieber Bus Tours picked up and dropped off at the Port Authority in New York City, but commuters are now only able to snag a ride at the corner of 8th Avenue and 39th Street after the company failed to pay over $200,000 in dues.

A Bieber Bus representative is stationed at each stop and waves to oncoming traffic to ensure no other cars or buses park in the allotted spot. It's the length they now go to after being kicked out of the terminal.

Steven Edwards mans the curbside spot for Bieber and said, "There's been no concern. Just a time change adjustment but that's about it. It's been going good since I've been here."

Commuters say although it's a just a stone's throw from the Port Authority, it's still not somewhere they want to wait for their ride.

"I mean look at the surroundings, we are right in front of a liquor store," said rider John Connery.

"We were in the Port Authority where it's warm, it's safe. Now, we come out here and there's homeless people walking around, we're out in the cold," said Edward Capaldo.

At least it's in Manhattan.

For a while after the eviction from the Port Authority, Bieber users had to get off in Weehawken, New Jersey and take a ferry to the city. 

Some locals object to the curbside spot because they say it adds to congestion. On the other hand, a lot of private companies have curbside spots, and the city says Bieber's spot does not conflict with other bus lines.  

But Bieber only has a three-month permit for this spot, provided by the city's department of transportation. 

A spokesperson from the city's DOT says it inspected the location on the east side of 8th Avenue, which Bieber occupies, to "ensure its compliance" with the department's criteria. 

"Unless there are public safety concerns, DOT is required to issue these permits for curbside stops," the city said.

Meanwhile, some everyday commuters are considering other ways home.

"[Bieber is] getting enough money from all of these commuters from Pennsylvania, Reading, Hellertown, the Lehigh Valley area and we gotta pay our ticket price so [Bieber] should step up. That's it. Bottom-line," said Connery.

Steve Coleman, a spokesman for Port Authority, says the terminal is "opposed to the city allowing Bieber or any other bus companies to pick up and discharge on the streets adjacent from it."

He notes in part the authority's objection goes to those who are paying to use the terminal, who are essentially at a competitive disadvantage.

69 News received no word yet from Bieber Bus officials as to what the next steps are when the three-month permit expires.


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