Greyhound Driver Brings Bus To A Stop While Defending Himself Against Passenger Attack

Greyhound Driver Brings Bus To A Stop While Defending Himself Against Passenger Attack

It can’t be easy to be the driver of a bus going long distances. Those things are huge, after all, and there you are speeding down the interstate with a bus full of passengers who just want to be anywhere other than on a bus, sitting near the bathroom, trying to work out a persistent leg cramp. And when one of those passengers attacks you, well, driving gets even trickier. [More]

Passengers Forced To Sleep On Rest Stop Tables After Bus Is Stranded For More Than 24 Hours

Passengers Forced To Sleep On Rest Stop Tables After Bus Is Stranded For More Than 24 Hours

Driving from Durham, NC, to New York City should take anywhere from 7-10 hours, depending on traffic and how frequently you stop to fill up, void your bladder, or just stand up and flex your knees. But for 53 passengers on a Manhattan-bound bus, that trip took nearly 30 hours, much of it spent stranded by the side of the road. [More]

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MBTA Issues Cease-And-Desist Order Forcing Fung Wah To Completely Suspend Service

While budget bus carrier Fung Wah pulled 21 of its 28 buses from service this week after Boston officials raised safety concerns, it had continued to run a reduced route using charter buses. That didn’t fly with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. While the feds investigate the entire fleet, the MBTA has blocked Fung Wah from operating out of the city’s South Station. [More]

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Fung Wah Pulls Almost Entire Fleet From Service Because Old, Cracked Buses Are Not So Safe

When you climb aboard one of those Chinatown buses to head from one city’s neighborhood of that same name to the another and feel like maybe your life is in the balance? You aren’t alone. Massachusetts officials found a whole slew of safety problems with the Fung Wah bus line during recent inspections, prompting the company to pull almost every single one of its buses from the road. [More]

Megabus Hero Grabs Wheel From Unconscious Driver, Steers Bus To Safety

Megabus Hero Grabs Wheel From Unconscious Driver, Steers Bus To Safety

The driver of the Megabus traveling from Philadelphia from Pittsburgh was, witnesses told various local media, “out of it.” She forgot to take her blood pressure medication, became ill, and lost consciousness. Dozing passengers were alerted to her state when two tractor-trailers boxed in the bus. Passengers rushed to the front to help, but one man happened to be in the right place and had the right qualifications. That was a Pittsburgh pastor who has driven a variety of large vehicles, and had just earned his commercial driver’s license. [More]

Waiting 3 Hours In The Heat For Our Bus, Megabus Only Answers Via Twitter

Waiting 3 Hours In The Heat For Our Bus, Megabus Only Answers Via Twitter

Megabus serves as an alternative to Greyhound or Amtrak travel, but has a distinct disadvantage over its competitors. Passengers have to queue up outside to wait for their buses instead of inside air-conditioned bus stations. Or at least some kind of shelter. Kenneth found himself waiting outside for three hours, fifteen minutes for an absentee Megabus. He tried to call the company to find out what was going on, but no one was picking up the phone. The Twitter representative did pick up the computer, though, so that was something. [More]

Greyhound Has A Strange Understanding Of The Word 'Refundable'

Greyhound Has A Strange Understanding Of The Word 'Refundable'

Noa bought Greyhound tickets that were sold as refundable. Unfortunately, the bus line was using some other, little-known sense of the word “refundable” that actually means “we will charge you extra for a refund, but not actually grant a refund if this route is discontinued.” It didn’t make a whole lot more sense to Noa, either. [More]

NTSB: Cheapo Buses 7 Times More Likely To Kill Passengers

NTSB: Cheapo Buses 7 Times More Likely To Kill Passengers

The last decade has seen a huge increase in the number of people opting for discount long-distance buses that pick passengers up at curbside over more traditional bus services operating out of terminals. But a new study from the National Transportation Safety Board says you’re seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal incident when you go for that lower-cost option. [More]

BoltBus Hell Trip: No AC, Windows Shut

BoltBus Hell Trip: No AC, Windows Shut

Passengers on a BoltBus from New York City to Boston enjoyed an experience akin to traveling inside a self-cleaning oven with wheels yesterday as the air conditioning was off and the windows wouldn’t open. Outside the temps were in the 90’s. Inside, it was broiling. [More]

3,900 School Buses Recalled For Fire Risk

3,900 School Buses Recalled For Fire Risk

The wheels on the bus go round and round. The starter cables on the bus rub against the power steering hose, rub rub rub. 3,900 Bluebird school buses have been recalled for a defect that could result in a fire. The affect buses are model year 2004 through 2006, made from June 26, 2003, through December 9, 2004. Recall notices will start to go out to owners May 11, but if they don’t feel like waiting they can call the NHTSA hotline at 1-888-327-4236. [More]

Guy Wins Race Against NYC Bus On Big Wheel

Guy Wins Race Against NYC Bus On Big Wheel

If you’ve ever ridden the bus in New York City, you know it is a damn slow experience. But, unlike a taxi, it’s a couple of bucks, and unlike a subway, it’s above-ground. So people put up with it. But exactly how slow is an MTA bus? Mark Malkoff decided to test it out and he videotaped himself racing a bus, down 42nd st from 10th to Madison ave, on a child’s Big Wheel. Turns out the guy who makes the wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town, has some catching up to do. [More]

Megabus Bursts Into Flames

Megabus Bursts Into Flames

A Megabus enroute to Chicago from Detroit was engulfed by fire this Tuesday, forcing the driver to flee for his life, abandoning the bus by the side of the highway as it turned to cinder. [More]

Passenger Spews On Greyhound, No One Mops It Up

Passenger Spews On Greyhound, No One Mops It Up

Anyone who has taken the bus cross-country has some kind of unsavory story, but Angela’s got something that hopefully tops anything you’ve experienced. While riding on a Greyhound from Atlantic City to the New York Port Authority, someone yacked all over the floor and no one cleaned it up. [More]

Lost Megabus Driver Crashes Into Bridge While Checking GPS; Four Passengers Killed

Lost Megabus Driver Crashes Into Bridge While Checking GPS; Four Passengers Killed

Very early Saturday morning, a double-decker Megabus lost on its way to the bus station crashed into a low railroad overpass (pictured) outside of Syracuse, NY. Four passengers were killed, and twenty people injured, including the driver. Now, the public has learned that the driver was looking at his personal GPS unit at the time of the accident–which Megabus drivers are not permitted to use while driving for work. [More]

How Much Street Space: Car vs Bus vs Bicycle

How Much Street Space: Car vs Bus vs Bicycle

This poster, said to be from Munich’s transportation department, shows how much street space it takes to transport the same amount of people via car, bus, and bicycle. It seems that if you choose buses or bicycles there’s more room for lederhosen parades. [More]

Megabus Offers Complimentary Megasauna On NYC To DC Trip

Megabus Offers Complimentary Megasauna On NYC To DC Trip

Megabus is a bus service that goes from city to city, and is meant to compete with Amtrak and Greyhound. They offer decent prices, occasional great specials, and free wi-fi. On a trip during Easter weekend, Mark learned that the service offers another perk he didn’t exactly want: a 4-hour complimentary Megasauna. The air conditioning on his bus failed, and the passengers roasted down the East Coast. [More]

Greyhound Leaves 88-Year-Old Outside Of Locked Station In 38°F Weather

Greyhound Leaves 88-Year-Old Outside Of Locked Station In 38°F Weather

Greyhound left an 88-year-old woman, along with around 30 other passengers, standing outside a locked bus station on Thanksgiving Day on a trip from Chicago to Detroit. Roxanne, who was one of the abandoned passengers on the sidewalk that morning, says that was just the final insult after an entire day of failure on Greyhound’s part. She sent a complaint to Greyhound’s executives on December 5th, but it was returned. Here is her summary of what happened. [More]

Greyhound Refunds Would-Be Traveler It Stood Up

Greyhound Refunds Would-Be Traveler It Stood Up

Miriam wanted to take the Greyhound bus on a trip, but it was Greyhound that took her for a ride, refusing for several weeks to refund her ticket, offering only a voucher. [More]