PATERSON, NJ - In the aftermath of  two fatal bus crashes in metropolitan area, Sen. Frank Lautenberg and other legislators are calling for tougher regulation of the companies that provide discount fares for curbside pick-ups.

Lautenberg, who chairs the Senate’s transportation subcommittee, called for a hearing to further examine the low-fare bus industry and strengthen safety measures, according to a story on

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On Sat., March 12, a World Wide bus returning to New York City’s Chinatown from a Connecticut casino crashed in the Bronx, killing 15. On Monday, a Super Luxury Tours bus that left Chinatown for Philadelphia crashed near Interchange 9 on the New Jersey Turnpike, killing the bus driver and a passenger.

Both companies had been put on alert for safety violations, the story said.