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Chinatown Bus Pioneer Fung Wah Strangled by Federal Bureaucracy

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“Chinatown” Bus Stats and the Lying NTSB

Chuckles Schumer, our bud, with a few other hacks.

In 1997, Chinese-born entrepreneurs began regularly scheduled long-distance bus services that picked up passengers on the street. Tickets were priced so low that it was hard to figure how the operators could be breaking even, much less making a profit. Faced with declining market share, Greyhound and Peter Pan imitated the Chinatown model by teaming up to create a new venture called BoltBus. Then Coach USA got into the game with Megabus. Today, “curbside” buses—lines that begin and end their routes at the sidewalk as opposed to a traditional station—make up the fastest growing form of intercity travel in the U.S.

But over the past two years, the government has forced 27 bus companies based in Chinatown to close. The regulatory clampdown was fueled by a government study that found curbside carriers were disproportionately killing their passengers. Released by the National Transportation Safety Board, a federal agency, the study concluded that curbside bus companies were “seven times” more likely to be involved in an accident with at least one fatality than conventional bus operators. That finding was reported by The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Businessweek, USA Today, the New York Daily News, WNYC, and Reuters, among others. Although the study did not single out Chinatown bus companies the headline in Businessweek read, “Chinatown Buses Death Rate Said Seven Times That of Others.”

The study is bogus. Not only is the “seven times” finding incorrect, the entire report is a mangle of inaccurate charts and numbers that tell us virtually nothing meaningful about bus safety. There’s no evidence that curbside or Chinatown buses are any less safe than any other kind of bus.

Government Assault on the Chinatown Bus Industry Fueled By Bogus Federal Study

“Why do you people love the state so much? It doesn’t love you.”
Michael Munger

Ozymandias

Unfortunately, it seems that the future Aldous Huxley predicted in 1932, in Brave New World, is arriving early. Mockery, truculence, and minimalist living are best, then enjoy the decline. However, we do need a Revolving Door Tax (RDT), learn what Members of Congress pay in taxes, and prosecute politicians and staff and their “family and friends” who profit from insider trading.

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“Land of Dreams”

A new YouTube video – “Land of Dreams” – featuring Rosanne Cash and other musicians, shows different tourist experiences in the United States.

From Discover America.

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HopStop

HopStop – enter your beginning and destination addresses, and it will calculate how to make the trip by bus, subway or a bus/subway combination.
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forgotten NY – web site – highly recommended

forgotten NY
If you love New York, then you must visit, and bookmark, forgotten NY. Run by Kevin Walsh, forgotten NY includes text and photographs of all parts of the City, new and old … he also conducts walking tours … upcoming tours are announced on the home page
Some of our favorite pages include

An incredibly rich site, forgotten NY will keep you occupied for hours … I bet most of you don’t make it to this sentence …
For more about Kevin Walsh, see the gothamist interview. Thank you, Kevin Walsh, for a wonderful web site.
AGINY Highly Recommended and Top 10

MTA MetroCard – AGINY Good Value

MTA MetroCard
The MetroCard has many great features … such as: a free transfer between a bus and subway or vice versa within a 2 hour period … ride costs 20% less when you buy a Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard worth $10, $20 or more … $7 for the one day fun pass, $24 for seven days and $76 for 30 days … if you’re reading this as an archived article, check the MTA site for current pricing
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NYPD nnounces random searches on subway and buses

NY1 is reporting:

In New York City, officials announced Thursday afternoon that the NYPD is instituting random searches of subway passengers carrying bags or backpacks, and similar searches may be conducted aboard city buses.

Getting to and from La Guardia airport

Very easy to get from La Guardia airport (LGA) to anywhere in NYC … The Port Authority has a very convenient page on their web site … also see the handy page at CitiDex that includes driving directions and parking info, and all the ground transportation options such as city bus, taxi, train, and shuttle
To get to mid-town Manhattan (1) take the M60 bus, which stops at all terminals (get a $2 MetroCard and get a free transfer to the subway) … (2) take a shuttle (between $8 and $22)… (3) if you have plenty of money to spend ($35 – $45, including tolls), hop into a taxi
With the M60 bus, you can travel to and from La Guardia from the West Side (stops in front of Columbia University at the last stop). The M60 runs between 106th St and Broadway in Manhattan and La Guardia Airport from approximately 5 am to 1 am, seven days a week – schedule here in pdf. The M60 serves all airport terminals. Connections can be made with all north-south Manhattan subway lines … This is a grand-view ride across the Triborough Bridge to 125th Street and Lexington Avenue (i.e., Harlem) and free-transfer to the IRT #4 or #5 subway downtown to Grand Central … about half hour for the trip …
The MetroCard has many great features … such as: a free transfer between a bus and subway or vice versa within a 2 hour period … ride costs 20% less when you buy a Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard worth $10, $20 or more … $7 for the one day fun pass, $21 for seven days and $70 for 30 days …
Subway interactive map | schedules | HopStop
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Chinatown Bus from Washington, DC

TheCapitol.Net has good summary of the Chinatown bus from Washington, DC to NYC.
Subway interactive map | schedules | HopStop