A Chinatown bus story that does not involve its speed or quality of the ride: The NY Sun reports that the police aren't very happy with Chinatown buses using previous curbside space, because things are crowded enough. Which led some City Council member Alan Gerson to suggest that a bus terimnal be created for Chinatown: "These buses have more pick-ups and drop-offs than the Port Authority."

Michael Lau, the commanding officer of the 5th Precinct, explained that the streets are way too congested, "adding to the possibility of accidents and violence, as bus drivers jockey for both passengers and parking." Plus, there are "30 different outfits dispatching 100 buses a day." Yikes. Buses may be a huge congestion problem - but what about illegal parking by city employees downtown? And what about Park Row being closed for so many years?

Lau did have recommendations: He suggested the buses do their pickups at the Port Authority and 165th Street Bus Terminal in Queens, and that a new terminal be built at the South Street Seaport. Interesting - we wonder moving operations out of Chinatown will affect biz. If anything, it might open things up to more customers, because people will follow good deals. Now, if the buses can work on their safety...