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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $79 Million TIFIA Loan for Chicago’s 95th Street Bus and Rail Project

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the closing of a $79 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) for the 95th Street Bus and Rail project.

FMCSA’s Operation Quick Strike Removed 52 Unsafe Bus Companies From the Road

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced today that 52 bus companies and 340 vehicles were put out of business and removed from the road as a result of Operation Quick Strike, an eight-month intensified effort to shut down unsafe motorcoach companies.

FMCSA Orders Phoenix-based Bus Company Shut Down for Failing to Ensure Vehicle and Driver Safety, Endangering the Traveling Public

WASHINGTON – Safety investigators for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have ordered Phoenix-based Autobuses Rayon, Inc., USDOT No. 2011920, to immediately cease all passenger transportation operations after finding that the company was endangering the traveling public by failing to ensure the safety of  its vehicles and drivers.  Investigators also found that the carrier improperly allowed at least three other unsafe bus companies, previously shut down by FMCSA, to continue passenger services using vehicles with the registration markings of Autobuses Rayon.  The federal shut-down order includes all interstate and intrastate operations.

FMCSA Intensifies Bus Safety Enforcement Activities

Strike Force inspections protect passengers and the motoring public from coast to coast

Federal, state and local commercial vehicle inspectors across the country have begun an intensified safety crack-down to protect bus passengers and the motoring public by removing unsafe vehicles and drivers from our nation’s highways and roads. Over the course of the next two weeks--in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories--specially trained investigators will inspect motorcoaches, buses, and 9-to-15-passenger vans for overall vehicle maintenance and safety equipment condition.

Inspectors will also verify commercial driver qualifications and driver compliance with federal hours-of-service requirements. Vehicles and drivers found to be violating critical safety regulations—and thereby needlessly endangering passengers and other motorists sharing the road with them--will be put out-of-service on the spot.

Photo of investigator inspecting motorcoach wheels