Want to travel from Boston to New York? Well, you could easily take the train, and ride in comfort on AmTrak. But that would set you back a few hundred dollars.
Or, instead, you could take the $15 Fung Wah bus line, as scores of people have done. A mere $15 from Boston’s Chinatown to New York’s Chinatown? That’s an incredibly low price.
But many people are beginning to learn why that price might be so low. And why, if you did actually take the Fung Wah, you might pay another kind of price, possibly a very serious one. That’s because the Fung Wah bus line has been cited with an inordinately high number of safety violations – so many, that as of today, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has ordered the Fung Wah, stunningly, to remove 21 buses from its fleet of 28. As reported in The Boston Globe today, the Massachusetts DPU actually found cracks in the frames of 21 aging buses operated by Fung Wah. As a result, the DPU has asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to shut down the Fung Wah until it fixes and addresses its problems, which were found in state inspections that were held in early February. Inspectors discovered cracks in steering axles, engine cradles and also in motor mounts. Inspection officials have commented that the low-cost bus carrier does not understand basic safety requirements. Officials have also indicated that Fung Wah seems to be unable to maintain its bus fleet properly.