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Restraining order issued to Chinatown bus service

PHILADELPHIA— Federal transportation officials have obtained a restraining order against a charter bus company that serves New York City’s Chinatown, saying the company continues to operate in defiance of a shutdown prompted by serious safety problems.

The Department of Transportation says the federal court in Philadelphia issued the restraining order against Double Happyness Travel Inc. because officials say the company is still selling tickets and transporting passengers.

The government shut down Double Happyness last month after deeming it “an imminent hazard.” Regulators found multiple violations of rules governing hours of service, vehicle maintenance, and drug testing.

Double Happyness runs buses from Albany, N.Y., Baltimore, Md., and Wilmington, Del., to midtown and Chinatown in New York City.

A call to the company’s Philadelphia-area headquarters rang unanswered Thursday.