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Greyhound Buses Moving Again After Temporary Halt In Service

Posted October 3, 2001

— Greyhound says it will review safety procedures in light of what happened in Tennessee, meanwhile, the temporary halt in service left more than 100 people stranded at the Raleigh and Fayetteville Greyhound bus stations.

Many of the passengers stuck in Fayetteville were on their way from Miami to New York.

With the events of Sept. 11 still fresh in everyone's minds, a lot of bus riders understand the company's decision to stop service this morning.

Helen Andreu saw the Twin Towers fall in New York, and says she believes safety has to come first.

"It's just something we all have to deal with now," she says. "I think the most important thing is to be calm, certainly whatever they're doing now is to lessen panic."

People hit the phones to make alternate arrangements. Others had no choice but to stick it out. Kelly Nicholls ran out of things to do with her two kids, who were tired and hungry.

Daniel Recchia began his trip Tuesday from New York to Sanford and was stranded in Raleigh.

Theresa Hall arrived at 11 p.m. Tuesday night and was supposed to leave around 7:50 Wednesday morning. "I just want to get home," Hall said.

Some passengers say they decided to take the bus because they were still a little wary of flying.

A bus driver for another company who was a passenger on Greyhound says he will return to his job without hesitation.

"I still feel confident in my driving and comfortable," he says. "You have to take precautionary measures. I have to make sure I look in the mirror and anything out of the ordinary, I pay attention to," Ricky Johnson says.

David Longo of the Motor Carrier Safety Administration says his organization is asking drivers to keep a closer eye on passengers and pay attention to any suspicious activity. The group is also encouraging bus companies to review their hiring practices.

Greyhound did not discuss any stepped up security measures in a prepared statement released Wednesday afternoon. However, a district manager in the Washington D.C. area says some terminals are experimenting with magnetic searches of passengers and security cameras.

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