Feds Throw Chinatown Bus Operators Under the Bus

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Riding to Boston for a weekend just got a whole lot more expensive. Following a series of recent high-profile accidents and allegations of driver misconduct, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shut down 26 Philadelphia- and New York–based bus operators this afternoon. According to the Times, it is the “biggest crackdown in the history” of the federal department. In a statement, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said  “These aggressive enforcement actions against unsafe bus companies send a clear signal: If you put passengers’ safety at risk, we will shut you down.”   Passengers on the Chinatown bus (as the services are colloquially known) generally don’t get onboard expecting a smooth and careful ride; rather, they’ve decided cheapo fare and relatively quick trips are worth the risk of braving the often notoriously breakneck driving. That’s no longer their calculation to make.

Feds Throw Chinatown Bus Operators Under the Bus