Twenty-five curbside bus companies and a bus ticket seller were shut down by the Department of Transportation this week in what federal officials say is the government's largest single safety crackdown of the motor coach industry. The companies transported about 1,800 passengers a day along Interstate 95 between New York and Florida, officials said.
The shutdowns are the culmination of a yearlong investigation that focused on three primary companies _ Apex Bus Inc. and I-95 Coach Inc., both of New York, and New Century Travel Inc. of Philadelphia _ that each oversaw a broad network of related bus companies, officials said.
The three networks and their related companies that were shut down:
Apex Bus Inc.:
_Apex Bus NY Inc. of New York.
_New Egg Bus Inc. of State College, Pa.
_Asia Tours Inc. of State College
_Universe Bus Inc. of Philadelphia
_A One Bus Inc. of Rochester, N.Y.
_All State Travel Bus Inc. of Windgap, Pa.
I-95 Coach Inc.:
_I-95 Coach Inc. of New York (ticket seller)
_Go To Travel Inc. of Rocky Mountain, N.C.
_Twins Jiang Corp. of East Meadow, N.Y.
_United Tours Inc. of Greensboro, N.C.
_Hu Mei Express Inc. of Chamblee, Ga.
_Tony Bus Line Inc. of Chamblee
_Tony Bus Line Express Inc. of Chamblee
_Coach 88 Inc. of Rocky Mountain
_Tony Bus Express Line Inc. of Bowie, Md.
_RA Transportation Inc. of Lancaster, Pa.
New Century Travel Inc.:
_Antai Tours Inc. of Wilkes Barre, Pa.
_Super Luxury Tours Inc. of Wilkes Barre
_Red Eagle Tours Inc. of Mishawaka, Ind.
_2003 Coach Inc. of Wilkes Barre
_Eagle Bus Inc. of Indianapolis
_Fujian Tourism Company Ltd. of Springfield, Pa.
_Sammy's Tour Inc. of Indianapolis
_Black Leopard Travel Inc. of Brooklyn, N.Y.
_New Century Travel Inc. of Philadelphia
_Wahoo Tour and Charter Inc. of Philadelphia
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration http://fmcsa.dot.gov