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Federal Official: Bus Safety Enforcement Bolstered

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A federal bus safety official says authorities have conducted more than 30,000 bus inspections this year through a series of “strike force” actions aimed at improving passenger safety in the wake of several high-profile tour bus crashes.

Ann Ferro, administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, spoke Monday in Albany at the annual meeting of the Bus Association of New York, an industry group. She said the agency, through investigations and compliance reviews, has shut down 46 motor coach companies deemed unsatisfactory this year.

A string of deadly accidents has prompted calls for tougher regulation of the tour bus industry. On March 12, a bus returning to New York City from a Connecticut casino flipped on its side and struck a pole, killing 15 people.