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NTSB Defends Study Preceding Chinatown Bus Safety Sweep

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is defending itself against accusations it skewed a study that preceded the shutdown of 26 so-called Chinatown bus operations in the Northeast.

Anomalies in how the board classified motorcoach operators and calculated fatality rates raise doubts about its conclusion that curbside companies, including most Chinatown carriers, are about seven times more probable to have passenger deaths than companies using terminals, according to the Reason Foundation, a Los Angeles-based advocacy group for limited government.