Federal Transportation Department Shuts Down a Staten Island Bus Company After It Strands 53 Passengers in Virginia for 24 Hours
Did you know that when Nietzche wrote all of history happens in circles, that we are eternally bound to repeat the past in an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, he was referring to delinquent bus companies in Staten Island? Kidding. But also: The U.S. Department of Transportation shut down All Nations Coach Inc. for stranding 53 passengers at a Virginia gas station for 24 hours without a replacement bus back in July. The investigation found that the company was in fact the zombie of a company that USDOT shut down in 2012 for multiple safety violations. An equally negligent zombie, it seems.
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An All Nations Coach bus travelling from Charlotte, North Carolina to New York City on July 22 broke down in Caroline County, Virginia. It took nearly an entire day to retrieve the
dozens of stuck passengers.
"There is no place on our highways and roads for bus operators who disregard safety," USDOT secretary Anthony Foxx said in a release.
USDOT shuttered All Nations Coach predecessor Tichy Express, Inc. in 2011 for safety violations. Company owner and hero of this story Isa Nebi then bought All Nations Coach under is wife's name in 2012, starting operations that year.
Nebi could not prove the two companies were the same, seeing as how all of All Nations Coach's assets were listed to his home address.
This is the 23rd shut down of a bus company just this year, according to USDOT. The Feds shut down Chinatown-based Lucky Star in early June.
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