Eight days ago, I wrote about 16-year-old Ali Fadil of Little Neck, Queens. He was the starting force behind the QM22 being saved after it was one of the numerous routes to be cut by the MTA due to their financial crisis.
Ali had reached out to elected officials & got nowhere in his attempts to help save the route. He eventually contacted Joel Azuma, owner of TransportAzumah a private bus company which ended up taking over the route & 3 others.
Fast forward to yesterday where a Manhattan Supreme Court Judge signed off on a temporary restraining order against the bus company to shut down the potentially illegal service. James Fanelli of the New York Daily News has more:
Drive it somewhere else.
That’s the message the city sent to a young entrepreneur who started a private bus line to help out stranded riders along recently cut MTA routes.
A Manhattan Supreme Court judge Tuesday signed the city Law Department’s request for a temporary restraining order against Joel Azumah, shutting down his bootleg bus service.
“We are pleased that the court granted our request for a restraining order,” the Law Department said in a statement. “The operator has been running an unauthorized bus line, and safety is the city’s paramount priority.”
Azumah called the city’s actions “illegal” and vowed to fight it.
“My customers are very, very, very angry,” Azumah, 27, fumed. “They had the benefit of a service that they were enjoying.”
Click here for the complete report.
As I mentioned in the previous entry, I applaud the teen for his role in jump starting the process to rescue this route. It is a shame that the company is being harassed for trying to help out riders left in the cold by the MTA & more accurately, their elected officials. I am very interested in seeing how this case plays out. I will update it as it goes along.
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