Govt: Bus companies agree to measures for disabled

May 16, 2011 - 6:13 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says two intercity bus companies have agreed to make all their vehicles accessible to people who use wheelchairs and others who are disabled.

The government's settlement with Megabus USA LLC of Chicago and Megabus Northeast LLC of Elizabeth, N.J., stems from a bus rider in a wheelchair not being provided with a ramp for getting in and out of the vehicle. Megabus will pay a $55,000 civil penalty to the government and $12,500 in damages to the complainant.

Megabus.com, a low-cost, express bus service offering city-to-city travel, was launched five years ago and has served more than 7 million passengers in nearly 50 cities in the Midwest and Northeast in the U.S. and Canada.