You Couldn't Pay Me $15 to Ride This Bus

Is anyone surprised that a Fung-Wah Bus crashed yesterday? Okay, let's think about this for a second: this is a "discount" bus company that operates out of a storefront in Chinatown, where buses occasionally never bother to show up, run at "excessive speeds," take eight hours to drive what should typically take four hours, and have drivers who Police say can't speak English well enough to drive a commercial bus. Why is this a surprise? I thought we all figured this out years ago.

Let's face it, $15 may sound like a pretty fucking good deal for a bus ride to Boston. But is your self-esteem so low that you believe your life is only worth the $20 you'll save over Greyhound? $15 is cheaper than the gas it would take to drive up there yourself. What, exactly, do they use for fuel? Super-low-octane-gasoline? Cooking oil? Small children? Is $15 worth the risk of spontaneous combustion? Is it worth sacrificing the apparently special amenities that other commerical bus lines provide? You know... "heat," "air conditioning," and "restrooms."

Lately, I've seriously considered taking Limoliner to Boston. It's a bus with personal TV, satellite radio, newspapers, wireless Internet, food service, and movies in English! Sure, a one-way trip costs three times as much as a round trip on Fung-Wah (still cheaper than Amtrak), and Fung-Wah may erratically pass you (and/or sideswipe you) on the way, but you'll be watching the terrified faces of Chinatown Bus passengers while comfortably reclined in your leather seat!

8 Moments of Idiocy:

Blogger MonkeyPants said...

I'm convinced the entire Chinatown bus line business is a front for drug runners or something. It has to be.

Doesn't mean I'm gonna stop taking it though... I'll risk an accident for a 20 dollar round trip ticket to Philly vs. 100 bucks on Amtrak.

2:56 PM  
Blogger WelshSoxFan said...

Public service announcements. Cgreyhound run to Boston for only $20 each way - a mere $5 more. They just hide the fares from public view so not everyone knows about them. Click on the right box on their website and a world of low bus fares will be yours.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm convinced that most buses - including greyhound - are really dangerous. Case in point #1: Once I took greyhound from boston to NY, and there was a clearly dangerous and mentally unbalanced passenger boarding the bus. Security said they could not prevent him from getting on the bus (although he was shouting obscenities and covered with open sores). Also, a friend of mine was on a bus when it flipped over and he now has permanent brain damage.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Looks like Peter Pan Bus, may just be my carrier, for Fenway Park Runs:

Did the Fung Wah thing this past Saturday;

Red Sox Lost that game.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Karen ;- ) said...

You obviously have WAY too much cash to be takin' a $80 trip to Beantown from NYC. C'mon...there's no comparison between limoliner and that cheapo bus. That thang's luxury!

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

long live chinatown buses! damn you american capitalist pigs!

5:55 PM  
Blogger labelscar said...

It's worth mentioning that Fung Wah doesn't actually guarantee you'll even get a *seat,* nevermind restrooms or other amenities!

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Nora said...

I've never ridden on Funh Wah, but I've had the misfortune of riding Apex Bus several times. Once, the bus broke down outside Newark airport and we waited 2 hours for it to be fixed while the driver shouted, 'YOU SHUT YOUR MOUTH NOW!' when anyone asked what was up. Apex also has a blog: www.apexbus.blogspot.com

It's amazing.

3:39 PM  

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