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Archive for: May, 2011

Driver charged in VA tour bus crash

The driver of the tour bus that crashed early Tuesday morning just north of Richmond, VA killing four and injuring more than 50 has been charged with reckless driving.

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Michigan school bus driver pleads guilty to DUI

Former Coloma, Mich. school bus driver Jennifer Moore pled guilty in a Kalamazoo court room for driving while intoxicated with 36 students onboard her bus last December.

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Surprise Fed safety inspections continue as travel season begins

More than 3,000 surprise passenger carrier safety inspections over a two-week in May have resulted in 442 unsafe buses or drivers being removed from the roadways.

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No Memphis blues for APTA International Roadeo winners

Seattle-based King County Metro won the Grand Champion Award at the 36th International Bus Roadeo, held May 22 at the American Public Transit Administration’s Bus and Paratransit Conference in Memphis, TN.

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Japanese tour bus driver pleads guilty

Yasushi Mikuni fought back tears Tuesday after pleading guilty as part of a plea deal in the deaths of three of his bus passengers in a crash on Interstate 15 north of Cedar City, Utah last August.

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LA orders up 84 MCI Commuter Coaches

The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation has signed a contract for 84 MCI Commuter Coaches, powered by CNG.

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Problematic brake treadle valve could spark emergency inspection order

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is considering issuing an emergency inspection bulletin throughout North America for all motorcoach operators targeting a problematic brake treadle valve that could be causing an unknown number of bus fires and catastrophic brake failures nationwide.

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APTA announces Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards

The American Public Transportation Association has recognized public transit systems with top safety and security programs.

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LaHood: Pre-employment screening program a success

There were more than 380,000 pre-employment driver safety record searches made during the first year of a new, secure online program available for commercial carriers.

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AC Transit facing possible fiscal emergency

Dwindling financial resources and rising costs has forced AC Transit’s board of directors to call for a public hearing on May 25 in what could be a precursor to possibly declaring a “financial emergency.”

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