NEW: Shuttered bus line linked to 2010 crash death, reports Inquirer's Paul Nussbaum here.
UPDATE: Citing "imminent hazards to public safety," US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he's shut South Philadelphia-based New Century Travel Inc., two New York companies, their owners and affiliates, that carried more than 1,800 passengers a day on dozens of cheap East Coast bus routes from street corners in Chinatown and other neighborhoods.
In addition to shutting the bus services, the government ordered New Century operators Mei Ying Gao, Qi Sheng "Sammy" Zhang, Qiao Zhen "Jenny" Liu, and Amy Li (also known as Amy Mei Fang, Amy Chen Li, and Amy Peterson) to stop running bus lines until they could prove their companies and buses are properly registered and their drivers are properly trained and understand federal bus regulations.
LaHood called the move "the largest single safety crackdown" in the history of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which is supposed to police bus routes. The shutdown followed a year-long investigation. The other holding companies targeted are I-95 Coach Inc. and Apex Bus Inc.
New Century's Pennsylvania lines also include Wahoo Tour and Charter of Philadelphia, Fujian Tourism Co. Ltd. of Springfield, Antai Tours, 2003 Coachand Super Luxury Tours, both based in Wilkes-Barre, among others. I-95 Coach lines include Philadelphia-based Universe Bus, Lancaster-based RA Transportation,Wind Gap PA-based All State Travel Bus, and State College-based New Egg Bus and Asia Tours, among others.
EARLIER: US Department of Transportation today shut a series of low-fare bus lines linking Philadelphia, New York and other cities. Among the lines stopped: Apex, New Century, I-95.
To read U.S. DOT information about each company, click here.