Bus safety measures pick up speed

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Bus safety measures pick up speed

Politico – A spate of high-profile bus crashes this year along with renewed momentum for a new surface transportation bill has given champions of bus safety a window of opportunity to get long-stalled legislation passed.

Bills in both chambers seek to increase oversight of bus operators as well as to standardize safety measures like seat belts and reinforced roofs…

The safety push stems from a 2007 charter bus crash in Atlanta that killed seven people traveling from Bluffton University in Ohio to Florida.

The Bluffton crash spurred Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) to introduce legislation that mandates safety measures for intercity bus travel. Those bills haven’t reached the floor, nor has a subsequent measure from Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.).

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