December 31, 2014 |
Richard Wolfington Sr., 75, of Center City, president and chief executive officer of the Exton-based Wolfington Body Co., one of the largest school-bus dealers in the nation, died last week at his vacation home in the Poconos. Mr. Wolfington, a longtime Center City resident, died in his sleep sometime from Christmas Eve into Christmas morning in Monroe County, said son Richard Jr. "It was his favorite place on Earth," his son said of the getaway in Skytop. The family business was founded by Mr. Wolfington's great-grandfather in 1876 as a manufacturer of horse-drawn carriages in Philadelphia.
December 14, 2013 |
Federal bus-safety regulators have shut down 52 companies in what they describe as a major nationwide crackdown on unsafe outfits, including lines whose drivers had suspended licenses or worked routes of more than 800 miles without rest. The companies aren't just low-cost, fly-by-night carriers - some have transported school bands, Boy Scouts or senior citizens, Anne S. Ferro, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said, according to the Associated Press.
August 28, 2013 |
WHEN BUS DRIVER Trulio Arias stopped at the National Constitution Center in Center City yesterday morning to drop off 36 Chinese tourists, he figured he'd have a quiet hour to himself before he retrieved them and headed to New York City, their next stop. Instead, Arias became the surprise star of a news conference held by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to announce a national blitz of bus inspections. As TV cameras recorded and the Chinese tourists waited nearby, city police inspected Arias' bus and ordered it out of service until a mechanic could arrive to replace a well-worn rear tire.
March 21, 2013 |
After a Pennsylvania Turnpike bus crash that killed the coach of a college lacrosse team and her unborn son, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) has urged that schools be provided more safety information about buses hired to carry sports teams. "While some colleges and universities may have policies on providing safe transportation, most don't have bus-safety experts," Lautenberg wrote Tuesday to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and NCAA president Mark Emmert. "As a result, these institutions may not be aware of what information to look for when selecting a bus company or how to find information on their safety ratings.
March 20, 2013 |
Following a Pennsylvania Turnpike bus crash that killed the coach of a college lacrosse team and her unborn son, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) urged that schools be provided more safety information on buses hired to carry sports teams. "While some colleges and universities may have policies on providing safe transportation, most don't have bus safety experts," Lautenberg wrote Tuesday in a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and NCAA president Mark Emmert. "As a result, these institutions may not be aware of what information to look for when selecting a bus company or how to find information on their safety ratings.
January 15, 2013
Labor mural back on display AUGUSTA, Maine - A mural depicting scenes from Maine's labor history returned to public display Monday, 22 months after the governor set off a political firestorm and spawned a federal lawsuit by ordering it removed. Gov. Paul LePage had claimed the mural, which was in the Labor Department lobby, presented a one-sided view that bowed to organized labor and overlooked the contributions of job-creating entrepreneurs. The mural went back on public view Monday in an atrium that serves as the entryway to the Maine State Museum, Maine State Library, and Maine State Archives.
June 1, 2012 |
Federal regulators shut down 26 curbside bus operators on Thursday, including three in Philadelphia, one in Delaware County, and seven elsewhere in Pennsylvania, in the largest bus safety crackdown in U.S. history. The bus operators, which carried about 1,800 passengers a day along I-95 between New York and Florida, were cited for a variety of safety hazards, including drivers without valid licenses or medical certifications; buses with uninspected brakes, tires, and lights; and drivers who did not get mandatory rest periods.
April 21, 2012 |
The parents of 11-year-old triplets who were in a school bus crash in February that killed one of the children are suing the bus and trucking companies involved in the accident. Anthony and Susan Tezsla say the crash, in which a dump truck struck the school bus at an intersection in Chesterfield Township, resulted from negligence on the part of the companies, GST Transport and Herman's Trucking, and their drivers. The Tezslas' three daughters were among about 25 elementary school students on the bus. The accident also severely injured the two other Tezsla sisters and 11-year-old Jonathan Zdybel.
January 27, 2012 |
DRIVERS for a Montgomery County-based bus company cited for allegedly endangering the safety of passengers has been hit with a restraining order for ignoring a Department of Transportation mandate to cease operations. "Safety is our highest priority," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, in announcing the restraining order yesterday, issued by U.S. District Court against Double Happyness Inc., headquartered in Huntingdon Valley. "We will not tolerate irresponsible bus companies that jeopardize the safety of bus passengers and other motorists.
January 26, 2012 |
Federal officials have obtained a court order requiring a popular Chinatown bus company to cease all operations after defying a previous order to shutdown. Double Happyness Bus Company transports passengers along the Northeast Corridor, making stops in Philadelphia on the way to Washington D.C., New York City, and Albany, N.Y. Last month, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation declared Double Happyness an "imminent hazard to safety" after a federal review found numerous serious violations of hours-of-service, vehicle maintenance, and controlled substance and alcohol testing rules.