In Defense of Fung Wah Bus Company

From The Lo-Down‘s inbox today: Reason magazine has published an interesting read on the demise of Chinatown bus company Fung Wah, which was shut down by federal regulators earlier this year.

Farewell Fung Wah, the Bob Dylan Parody

Have you seen the Fung Wah parody?  Marc Philippe Eskenazi, an assistant cartoon editor at The New Yorker, posted this gem a few days ago, “with apologies to Bob Dylan.”  As you, no doubt, know the feds shut down the longtime Chinatown operator March 1 for safety violations.

 

Fung Wah Ordered to Stop Bus Service Immediately

A Fung Wah bus arrives at Bowery near Canal just after noon today.

News broke a short time ago that the feds are shutting down the Fung Wah bus company due to safety concerns. The U.S. Department of Transportation issued the order instructing the Chinatown carrier to “immediately cease passenger service and provide its entire fleet of 28 motorcoaches for thorough and detailed safety inspections by qualified inspectors.”   The move was prompted by a request from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.

We noticed this Fung Wah bus pulling up just past Fung Wah headquarters in Chinatown at about noon today.  The offices are located at 139 Canal. This bus stopped to let off passengers on the Bowery.  Another bus with the name “Omega Express” out of Brooklyn was loading passengers right in front of Fung Wah’s offices.

Two Pedestrians Injured in Fung Wah Bus Accident Last Night

Bowery near the Manhattan Bridge. Photo by Gigi Li.

Two pedestrians were injured last night after being struck by an intercity bus near the Manhattan Bridge.  The Fung Wah bus was pulling on to the bridge on its way through Brooklyn at around 11 p.m. when the accident happened.  The victims are hospitalized;  a 57-year old woman is listed in stable condition; a 63-year old man is serious but stable.

Police say the driver is not expected to be charged with any criminal violation.  he was given a ticket for failing to yield to pedestrians at a crosswalk. No passengers were aboard the bus at the time but traffic was backed up in the area for at least a couple of hours.