Feds Pull the Plug on Lucky Star Buses

Posted on: June 10th, 2013 at 6:24 am by


The party is over for Chinatown buses as we once knew them. First they came for Fung Wah; then it was Ming An; now another was just axed.

The feds are on a roll, having continued their crusade last week by targeting Boston-based curbside operators Lucky Star, located at 59 Chrystie. As with its onetime rival, the US Department of Transportation handed down an “imminent hazard out-of-service order,” which equates to a death sentence.

Boston Globe, the news outlet that broke the story, reported that Lucky’s fleet was unlucky at staying alive. Buses allegedly broke down more than eighty times in the past year between Boston and New York; inspections also uncovered sixty-nine violations on six coaches, including faulty brakes, windshield and emergency exit defects, and rotted floors. And even though the carrier logged one crash in two years, it nevertheless averaged thirteen violations per bus over the past three years, ranking the highest among lines that transport passengers between the two cities.

With Fung Wah and Lucky Star out of the game, the only direct Chinatown-Boston service is now offered by Greyhound-Peter Pan newcomer Yo! Bus.

Seems a little fishy, no?

[h/t Village Voice]

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