Feds order Boston-NY discount bus fleet inspected

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Associated Press

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 4:02 AM

BOSTON (AP) — A discount bus service operating between Boston and New York City's Chinatown had to pull its entire fleet off the road for safety inspections ordered by federal officials.

Tuesday's order by the Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration came after Massachusetts officials found serious problems including cracked frames with eight Fung Wah buses.

The company had already agreed to take 21 buses off the road but the order removed all 28 from service. By late Tuesday afternoon Massachusetts officials said three buses from Fung Wah's fleet had passed inspection and returned to service. The company also chartered other buses.

Fung Wah has a history of troubles, including a $31,000 fine for safety violations linked to a 2006 rollover that injured dozens of passengers.

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