Feds Shut Down Budget Buses

East Coast travelers accustomed to low-cost bus fares will have fewer options this summer after federal officials ordered 26 companies to halt operations because of safety concerns. The companies were affiliated with three bus operators that ignored federal rules and changed their names in an effort to evade sanctions and keep operating, regulators said Thursday. Investigators began paying closer attention to these bus lines after a handful of deadly crashes in recent years. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that shutting down these companies will save lives.