Lucky Star has been shut down by the federal government, immediately halting the Boston bus company’s service between South Station and Chinatown in New York.
Owner Edward Leung said he was given a citation by the Department of Transportation Wednesday but did not know why the company had been shut down and was planning to meeting with a lawyer.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the agency that ordered the company out of service, did not immediately provide details about the shutdown.
On its website, Lucky Star posted the following message: “Per the order of USDOT, Lucky Star Bus has temporary ceased operations. All affected e-ticket customers will be receiving a refund automatically. Thanks!”
Lucky Star has two alerts for unsafe driving and violating hours of service requirements on the federal motor carrier safety website.
Until the most recent action was taken, the company had a satisfactory rating and was last given a compliance review in 2009.
The action follows the shutdown of the Boston bus company Fung Wah in February and is part of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s national crackdown on unsafe bus companies. Katie Johnston can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @ktkjohnston.