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.
- Hear from Robert Frazier.
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.