Lincolnland Express bus company to shut down permanently

Lincolnland Express bus company to shut down permanently

A Champaign bus company that was shut down for safety violations will now close its doors permanently.

Lincolnland Express, better known as LEX, was facing violations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  The company appealed the violations, but the motor carrier group still ordered LEX to shut down until it could figure out if LEX was in compliance.

And now, LEX's owner, Robert Frazier, said the bus company will turn off the engines for good.

Frazier also repeated his refrain that the U.S. Department of Transportation is making an example of his business after several recent bus crashes that got a lot of attention, such as the Megabus crash near Litchfield in August.

Frazier said that he will still operate his charter bus service, Illini Tours, and will keep a handful of employees to help run that business.  But as for LEX, Frazier said the employees who were laid off will remain that way, and the company will liquidate its assets and give refunds to those who had purchased tickets.

According to its website, LEX had been in business since 1999.

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Mike Zeidler wrote on December 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Of course the USDOT couldn't be "making an example" of his company if there were not violations in the first place, but better to blame the mean old government than take responsibility for your failings.

wayner63 wrote on December 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Usually sorry to see a local business close.  However, not shedding any tears over the loss of this outfit.  It seems to me all their troubles were brought on by themselves.  Glad I won't see those leaning, black smoke spewing busses on the roads any longer.  Also looking forward to the day when their ugly bus yard is cleaned up.

jdmac44 wrote on December 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Bob, the years of business you've been getting out of your ramshackle bus company has been a *gift*, mostly due to a fresh supply of unwary customers every new year on campus.  Every time I've told someone I worked for LEX at one time, I get a story about how they or someone they knew have had a horrible experience.