Infamous Fung Wah Bus Company Adds Signage to Canal Street Ahead of Its Homecoming
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The infamous Fung Wah bus company is returning to Canal Street after nearly two years in exile. Back in March 2013, the federal government (i.e. Department of Transportation) revoked their permits due to an unsafe fleet that posed “imminent danger” to both drivers and passengers. At the time, two dozen vehicles were sidelined for various issues like cracked frames, structural damage, and broken doors.
Now Fung Wah is on the rebound, having spent the intervening time overhauling their fleet to the tune of $400K. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration restored the company’s operating authority last month, according to several media outlets. We spotted laborers installing the familiar awning to its former perch at 139 Canal yesterday afternoon. It’s only a matter of time.
Like the questionably-legal Lucky Star location two door down, Fung Wah did not approach the community for vetting (new permit). The troubled bus line has yet to appear before Community Board 3, and it’s currently unclear if the city’s DOT is on board.