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Feds Issue Restraining Order on Chinatown Bus Service

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Federal transportation officials have obtained a restraining order against a charter bus company that serves Chinatown.

Philadelphia-based bus company Double Happyness continued to operate after they were ordered to cease operations and declared an "imminent hazard to safety," according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

On Thursday, the feds put some teeth into that order: the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the company from “operating in or affecting interstate passenger transportation service.”

The DOT says it sought the temporary restraining order “based on evidence that Double Happyness was selling bus tickets and conducting bus trips in direct violation of the agency’s previous orders to immediately cease all transportation operations. ”

"We will not tolerate irresponsible bus companies that jeopardize the safety of bus passengers and other motorists," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

The company runs buses from Albany, Baltimore, and Wilmington, Delaware, to midtown and Chinatown in New York City.

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