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Cheap Chinatown Buses May Have to Designate Stops

Friday, February 04, 2011

Cheap Chinatown buses that serve the Northeast may soon have official pick-up and drop-off points throughout the city.

State Senator Daniel Squadron, who introduced the bill Friday, said he is concerned about safety. 

"The streets of Chinatown shouldn't be the wild, wild West," Squadron said from a street corner in Chinatown. "This is an opportunity for both the bus companies and the passengers and also for the community."

Some bus company representatives said ticket prices -- which can run $15 one way between New York and Boston -- may have to go up if the bill passes. But David Wang, president of Eastern Coachways, said he welcomed the proposed new rules.

"I think it's the best thing," Wang said. "if we have some space for loading and unloading people, it's good for everyone."

New York City Department of Transportation spokesman Seth Solomonow said the bill's passage would be a positive development.

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Comments [5]

ChinatownBus.net from Napoleon

Even I believe the same that these buses need a designated place to drop and pick-up passengers, with signage and even painted curb, to encourage people to stand in line..

Feb. 14 2013 02:46 AM
Chinatown Bus services from napolean

I was unaware with the fact that the Cheap Chinatown buses that serve the Northeast may soon have official pick-up and drop-off points throughout the city..hat's good..Chinatown buses are very famous...

Dec. 25 2012 05:02 AM
Stew from NYC

Bugger all this regulation nonsense. Keep the buses free from worthless regulation so they can keep the People moving at great values.

Feb. 15 2011 04:19 PM
Daniel Bernhard from Boston, MA

Yes, these buses need a designated place to drop and pick-up passengers, with signage and even painted curb, to encourage people to stand in line. If Mr Squadron, et al. are really interested, and not just another self-serving oppportunity to have their name in the Media, then the drivers of these Chinatown services MUST be able to have a command of English, if there is a Danger complex to explain, the passengers of the bus will be in unquestioned peril. I urge this gentleman to just go to any of this services (BOS, PHL, BAL, DC, etc) and ask to talk to the drivers, just ask a few questions about the bus, their route and place a hypothetical scenario to explain re-routing in a snow storm, and you shall see what I mean. I hope someone reads this!

Feb. 05 2011 07:58 PM
Edna St. Vincent Millay from New York, NY

Don't forget Penn Station where it is well nigh impossible to enter the station due to massive bus lines; 32nd Street is particularly awful. If the bus companies wish to compete with trains, they should pay for their impact on sidewalk traffic. Check out 9th Avenue between 32nd and 33rd. It has become unbelievable as hundreds line up to ride to Boston for $1.00. The equation is absurd.

Feb. 05 2011 11:31 AM

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