Most of the Chinatown buses pick up their riders
from designated street corners, thus avoiding the fees of maintaining large
private terminals. Competition among the Chinatown bus lines has been fierce,
and sometimes ugly. Departing and arriving on-schedule, comfort, and other
amenities are not guaranteed for those who travel on these buses. Still,
the promise of more money to spend in New York City, and not on transportation
to get there, was enough to convert me to a regular Chinatown bus traveler.
I assembled this series of photographs to document a recent Chinatown bus
journey that began at corner of East Broadway and Division Street in Lower
Manhattan, and concluded at the corner of 6th and I streets in D.C.