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New bus service between Boston and New York

Mourning the loss of Fung Wah? A new bus company is working to fill the void, launching service Thursday between South Station and Chinatown in New York.

The bus company, called Yo, will make six daily round-trip runs between Boston and New York, with $15-$20 fares each way. Yo, a division of Greyhound Lines Inc., in affiliation with Peter Pan Bus Lines Inc., started running in December between New York and Philadelphia.

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Greyhound and Peter Pan are partners in the discount carrier BoltBus, which also operates between Boston and New York.

Yo buses, equipped with leather seats and free Wi-Fi, will operate out of Peter Pan’s Gate 22 at South Station. The name comes from the pronunciation of the Chinese word that means “to protect,” according to the company, and is also a reference to the greeting made famous by actor Sylvester Stallone’s portrayal of boxing underdog — and Philadelphia favorite son — Rocky Balboa.

A spokesman for Yo could not be reached for comment.

Fung Wah, the low-cost Chinatown carrier that sparked a fare war on the Boston-New York route, was shut down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration March 1, after its buses were taken off the road following state inspections that revealed numerous mechanical problems.

The federal agency announced a crackdown on unsafe motorcoach companies in mid-February, following fatal bus crashes in California and eastern Oregon.

The latest company to be shut down is Santana Busline Inc. of Springfield, which ran 15-passenger van service to Hartford and New York. Santana was ordered to cease operations on Wednesday for safety violations and operating without federal authority.

Santana Busline had been doing business without a federal license since October, when its operating authority was revoked based on its close relationship with Santana Xpress Inc., a Springfield carrier ordered out of service by federal regulators last April.

In January, state vehicle inspectors discovered that Santana Busline was transporting passengers in unmarked vans. Federal authorities then launched an investigation, finding that it was operating illegally and its drivers were unqualified and unsafe. The company also failed to inspect or maintain its vehicles, according to federal officials.

Santana Busline declined to comment on the shutdown.

Last week, the Motor Carrier Safety Administration revoked the operating authority of New York’s Ming An Inc., which served cities in Florida, Georgia, and other southern states, for failing to conduct drug and alcohol testing on new hires, employing unqualified drivers who racked up speeding tickets, and other safety violations.

Katie Johnston can be reached at kjohnston@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @ktkjohnston.
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