Showdown in Chinatown Redux: Fung Wah vs. Lucky Star a Recipe for Local Congestion
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Having two of the larger Chinatown bus operators stationed beside each other on Canal Street is a recipe for absolute congestion. As we discussed last week, both Lucky Star and a recently reinstated Fung Wah both seek permits (ergo, ipso facto legitimacy).
Now there is more information handy regarding the bus stats for the two companies. Fung Wah back in the fold at 139 Canal Street would translate to 38 bus pickups/dropoffs on weekdays between 6:30am and 11:15pm (more on weekends), according to the application materials on file with Community Board 3. With roughly 50 passengers per bus, that equates to nearly 2,000 customers flowing along this tiny spit of sidewalk on a daily basis.
And then there is the retroactive application from Lucky Star to legitimize its operation in the new Canal storefront. As it stands, this operator has approximately 34 bus pickups/dropoffs in the area on weekdays and 40 on the weekends. The math adds more congestion.
If ultimately awarded permits by the Department of Transportation, the bus blockade will ripple eastward down Canal Street and likely snarl traffic. Not to mention the side streets.
The transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3 meets April 22 to discuss both applications. It promises to be an action-packed evening. Despite their position on the matter, though, the DOT will likely install Fung Wah and legitimize Lucky Star. Unless politicians throw around some muscle.
Many in the neighborhood are pissed…