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September 2, 1963

 
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W.B. Fishbowl



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:46 am    Post subject: September 2, 1963 Reply with quote

After 58 years of first coaches and then motor buses going through Washington Square Arch and inside the park, a total ban on all bus traffic through Washington Square Park takes effect starting this day. Once upon a time, five bus routes operated by the Fifth Avenue Coach Company (and successor Fifth Avenue Coach Lines, Inc.) terminated there; by this point, only three lines, now under Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority (MaBSTOA) aegis [Rt. 2 (Fifth and Seventh Avenues); Rt. 3 (Fifth and Convent or St. Nicholas Avenues) and Rt. 5 (Fifth Avenue/Riverside Drive)] had called the park home since their takeover of all former FACCo, New York City Omnibus and Surface Transit routes in 1962. Their southern terminus is now shifted to 8th Street just east of Fifth Avenue, after which they run east on 8th Street, north on University Place and west on 9th Street before running north on Fifth. (This will only hold until Nov. 10, 1963, when the 2 and 3's south end is shifted to 8th Street and Fourth Avenue, and the 5's southern terminus is extended further south to Houston Street and West Broadway/La Guardia Place.)
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