Feds Shut NYC Bus Line That Stranded 53 in Va.

NEW YORK (AP) -

A New York City bus line that stranded 53 passengers at a Virginia truck stop for 24 hours has been closed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The Staten Island-based All Nations Coach was discovered to be a reincarnation of another company shut down a year earlier for safety violations and for failing to pay fines. It had the same owners, drivers, routes, managers and vehicles as the previously closed Tichy Express.

The investigation was already underway when an All Nations bus traveling from Charlotte, N.C. to New York broke down at midnight on I-95 last month. A replacement bus didn’t arrive until the following night.

All Nations owner Aryana Dilla denied that she or her husband, Isa Nebi, who had run Tichy Express, had engaged in any subterfuge regarding the company’s ownership.

Tichy, she said, “was my husband’s company. I’m entitled to have my own company.”

The bus line is the 16th to be shut down since April, when officials stepped up enforcement because of concerns about safety at small, discount bus companies.