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I'm a tour bus driver out of Pennsylvania and just happened to come across this article. It's welcome news that people are thinking about additional tour bus parking.

It's not just a parking problem that we have to put up with, its the Gestapo methods that some of the traffic police use. It's like they hate us and can't wait to ticket us for little or no reason. We are allowed to idle a hot engine for a max of 3 minutes, some will give a ticket before the passengers even step foot on the ground, less then a minute.

I was picking up passengers and the back of my bus was 6 inches out of the pickup area box and I had to close the for partway through loading. The cop was screaming at me, people were half in the door and he forced me to close it on them. I had to go around the block meanwhile another bus got in
there. There are many incidences of this hateful attitude.

A main concern for us is availability of food, unless we can snag a spot in town we are out of luck. A mobile lunch truck could make a killing.

Most of us end up on Ohio Drive scrambling for the few spots available, and pity us if we park in one of the many areas that say no bus parking. That's the official slogan of Washington DC "NO BUS PARKING" It's little wonder that we hate to go there.

by Rick Barner on Feb 25, 2013 5:49 pm • linkreport

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