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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The number of motorcoach operators who say they are facing charter competition from public transit agencies has more than doubled in the past year.

But far fewer private operators are registered on the federal website that would notify them when charter jobs are pitched to public transit agencies.

The six-year-old federal Charter Service Rule apparently has been successful at directing more charter business into the hands of private operators.

The rule "has been very effective in preventing local transit agencies from using federally-funded assets in competition...

 
Controversial Anne Ferro is leaving as chief

WASHINGTON -- Anne Ferro, the longest serving administrator in the near 15-year history of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, is leaving the agency at the end of this month.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Ferro's departure "with great disappointment."

She will become president and CEO of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

Appointed by President Obama in 2009, Ferro...

WASHINGTON - In a move with potentially far-reaching implications, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have agreed to better coordinate enforcement actions when a worker alleges safety problems, coercion or retaliation related to motor carrier operations.

The FMCSA can take action against a motor carrier when it receives complaints but, unlike OSHA, it can't compensate whistleblowing workers.

So, under an agreement...

AUBURN, Ala. - The director of a university study investigating how long illness-causing bacteria can survive in the cabins of airliners says motorcoaches may be an even more fertile environment for disease-causing bacteria than planes.

Auburn University Prof. Jim Barbaree has been leading a research team from the university that has spent months investigating how long pathogens that cause...

WASHINGTON -- The national average price of on-highway diesel fuel in the U.S. fell last month, hitting its lowest level since late November, according to U.S. Energy Department numbers.

It declined more than a nickel a gallon during the month, slipping to $3.858, which is also more than a nickel lower than the same time last year.

Prices fell in all parts of the country with the biggest...

By Dave Millhouser

"Do you always take turns that way?" asked Fat Jack.

Jack wasn't actually fat (a complex story for another time), but he had a point.

It was nearly midnight and Jack was sitting at the top of the stepwell next to me as I drove the Flx towards Colorado, chatting to keep me awake.

We were rolling west through Kansas City, Mo., in the middle of a...

NEW ORLEANS - The United Motorcoach Association has opened its housing reservation system for UMA Motorcoach Expo 2015 at Travel Exchange, which will be in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center here Jan. 18-22.

For next year's show, UMA has lined up four quality hotels, each offering special Expo rates.

UMA notes that by booking rooms at one of the hotels attendees not only support the...



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