For those of you from Boston or New York, you've probably heard about - or gambled your life on - the Fung Wah bus, a popular, cheap bus service linking the Chinatowns of the two cities. It used to be just $10 each way and is still a bargain at $15.
In the past, the buses have rolled over, had their wheels fly off, or have blown up in flames.
This priceless report aired on WBZ Channel 4 in Boston last night showed how Massachusetts has stepped up their inspections in the last few weeks and ordered most company-owned buses off the road.
Today, the federal government acted on the Massachusetts recommendations and ordered Fung Wah to cease service. As of this moment, Fung Wah is getting around the federal order by contracting outside charter buses to complete their Boston-NYC schedules.
Have any of you ridden the Chinatown buses? Have any horror stories to share?
I've ridden Fung Wah many times in their early days and found it an exercise in holding your breath the whole way, whether due to unpleasant neighbors or the sight of the driver yakking nonstop on a phone or radio, all while driving a busy interstate highway at 80mph with one palm massaging the steering wheel oh-so-casually. I've long since used marginally less sketchy Chinatown companies like Lucky Star; switched to Megabus, Boltbus, or the former Greyhound/Peter Pan monopoly; or taken the Delta/USAir shuttles or Amtrak.