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WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board called for four changes to bus and motorcoach regulations following a hearing into the 2014 cross-over crash of a double-trailer truck into a motorcoach carrying 45 passengers. The Federal Express truck-tractor combination crossed a 58-foot-wide median on Interstate 5 near Orland in northern California on April 10. The truck sideswiped a passenger car before hitting a Silverado Stages motorcoach head-on. The collision ruptured a fuel tank on the truck and sprayed fuel into the motorcoach. Both drivers and eight motorcoach...

 
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Business is gradually improving for charter and tour trips into Mexico as the economy improves and news of drug violence wanes, according to a handful of bus operators in California, Arizona and Texas. "It's still not commensurate with where it used to be, but it is getting better," said Thomas "TJ" Morgan Jr., president and CEO of Gray Line Tours of Tucson and Citizen Auto Stage Co. Morgan's Gray Line Tours includes Mexican trips to San Carlos and Puerto...

WASHINGTON -- As many motorcoach drivers have likely noticed, those green diesel-price signs visible from freeways are now showing lower numbers than those for regular unleaded gasoline. In many parts of the country, the average price of a gallon of diesel fuel has slipped below that of gasoline - in California it is as much as 74 cents lower - for the first time in about a decade. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the price of regular gasoline averaged...

NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey's public transit board has officially approved a $395 million contract to purchase 772 commuter coaches from Motor Coach Industries. The contract, one of the largest between New Jersey Transit and MCI, calls for the coach manufacturer to supply the transit agency with the 45-foot, clean-diesel, cruiser-style coaches over six years, beginning in 2016. The...

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state of Washington has approved a $16.1 billion transportation revenue bill that includes a fuel-tax increase and other vehicle-fee increases that will impact motorcoach operators. State lawmakers worked out a deal to increase the state's 37.5-cent-per-gallon fuel tax to 49.4 cents - an 11.9-cent increase -- by next summer. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the transportation...

HARRISBURG. Pa. - A proposal to place speed cameras in work zones is being considered by Pennsylvania legislators. Supporters of the cameras say that an increase in road construction stemming for a transportation-funding measure approved in 2013 has resulted in more work-zone traffic accidents caused by excessive speed. Twenty-four fatalities occurred in Pennsylvania work zones last...

SAN FRANCISCO - An administrative judge for the California Public Utilities Commission has recommended that ride- sharing company Uber be fined $7.3 million and suspended from operating in the state. Administrative Law Judge Robert Mason contended that Uber has not complied with state laws designed to ensure that drivers are doling out rides fairly to all passengers, regardless of...



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