Reader Raastah reminds us that Fung Wah Bus is now providing direct service from Providence to New York City. Buses depart in the morning from 50 Exchange Terrace across from the Skating Center downtown. Buses arrive in New York at 139 Canal Street in Chinatown near the base of the Manhattan Bridge.
As Raastah points out, the buses only depart Providence in the morning, and return from New York in the evening. So an afterwork ride on a Friday night for example is out of the question. The fare is also $40 which is not very competitive. They do promise a 3 hour travel time, which sadly is better than what the Acela offers, however having lived in New York, I can attest that at times it takes nearly 3 hours to get from the city to the Connecticut line, so that 3 hour time is of course dependent on a lot of factors.
Also, a quick Google of Fung Wah Bus shows that their safety record is not exactly stellar. 🙁 Personally, I’d like to see Mega Bus come to Providence. Perhaps if Fung Wah proves successful, Mega Bus will look toward starting service here.