A consumers take on shopping in Upstate NY and beyond.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Bus or bust
I'd bring them back for day trips downstate and to casinos and such!
The travel industry is certainly retail so it fits here. There doesn't always seem to be enough buses to where I wanna go from my area. The Chinatown bus going downstate only leaves at all hours from Galeville (part of Liverpool) just a mile from the bus and railway station. The infamous Fung Wah went the way of Syracuse & Oswego Bus just last year. If only I could just get founder Pei Lin Liang to revive the company and get back in good graces with Albany and Boston for an operating licence. For casino runs that mainly attract pensioners I'd have him go to Gananoque, ONT and Niagara Falls, NY/ONT in the border community, both Mohegan Sun casinos, Sands in the Allentown-Bethlehem, PA area, Vernon Downs, Point Place (coming soon), and Yellow Brick Road in the Central Leatherstocking (he could go to the latter two casinos' Oneida First Nation sister flagship Turning Stone from communities that Birnie, Yankee Trails, Wade and others won't service). In the summer months, I'd have runs to Sylvan and Verona Beaches on NY 13, Southwick Beach and Sacketts Harbour in the North Country, and Green Lakes in Fayetteville. Meanwhile, I'd get Liang to go to NYC in broad daylight without eating into Greyhounds runs too much but they always get long queues and only occasionally do they provide an extra bus for people just going to Cortland and Binghamton which have less demand by comparison. The bus could go down NY 13 to Ithaca and up NY 14 to Geneva as direct service from CNY is sparse or even non-existent. Not everyone can have access to a private vehicle or in the case of seniors can't handle the long drive on the road anymore so there's a market to tap into. I'd have Fung Wah or somebody leave from in the city like they do in Albany so it's not out of the way. I'd also make sure they avoid all the problems that have plagued this type of service. This is why these things have to be regulated to protect people from getting hurt. There should be value for money without cutting corners or cars off on the road. They could even start over in Canada and provide bus service in Haldimand County, ONT to get people to Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara Falls (both) and Buffalo. I see similar buses like Safeway Tours (no relation to the supermarket chain) in Niagara Falls US & Canada which are more for tourism purposes with primarily Asian customers each time I'm in town.
If Fung Wah could just change their focus a bit, they could maybe rebuild their tepid reputation.