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(NECN: Julie Loncich, Boston) – Twenty-one Fung Wah buses are off the road because of safety concerns. The Department of Utilities confirms 21 buses in total have been taken out of service because of major safety violations.
The DPU found that three buses it inspected suffered from structural issues. Fung Wah then decided to remove all pre-2005 buses from service.
It’s not clear if this will affect the bus company's passengers.
Fung Wah makes a number of daily trips between Boston's South Station and New York City's Chinatown.
Following several routine inspections that uncovered serious structural issues, 21 of Fung Wah's 28 buses are now off the road.
“I guess I'm surprised they took so long,” says Noah Vincelette.
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities tells NECN over the course of several weeks, multiple inspections found problems with many buses in its fleet. DPU says it met with the bus company's owner late last week and asked him to pull all of his pre-2005 buses in the interest of public safety. As of this past Saturday, he complied.
Other carriers at the South Station bus terminal were notified so as to avoid interruption in service.
But the agent at the ticket booth told NECN’s Julie Loncich they were running as scheduled and said they weren't aware of any issues. Passengers boarding this bus seemed undaunted.
Genny Zhuravleva, a Fung Wah passenger, says she absolutely feels safe boarding a Fung Way bus.
“I travel it many times already to New York and I like it,” she says.
This isn't the first time the decade old low-fare company has had problems. Most notably, a fire on board a bus to New York in 2005 forced the evacuation of dozens of passengers.
Vincelette says he would never get on a Fung Wah bus.