Megabus Suspends Washington D.C. Buses As Travel Companies Urged To Help Combat Inauguration Attacks – Forbes

15January 2021


Megabus will suspend all travel in and out of Washington D.C. until the day after Inauguration Day, the business verified to Forbes Friday, as House legislators put

pressure on travel business to help”identify and prevent”prospective attacks focused around the inauguration. Passengers board a Megabus in New York City.( Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via … [+] Getty Images)Universal Images Group through Getty Images Key Facts Megabus will suspend Washington D.C. service from 11:59 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 21, Coach USA Director of Corporate Affairs Sean Hughes confirmed to Forbes. Megabus is among 27 personal travel companies the House Oversight Committee sent letters to Thursday, asking the business to voluntarily act”to make sure that your services are not being utilized to assist in violence or domestic terrorism”through enforcing “additional screening steps “around Inauguration Day, keeping records for possible future investigations and providing documentation to the committee about what policies the company has in location. Fellow bus business FlixBus told Forbes they will just have two buses going into Washington D.C. between Jan. 17-20, in order to serve vital employees and other guests who rely on the service, and are taking extra measures to recognize possible dangers. An Expedia Group representative informed Forbes they are enforcing”remarkable emergency situation procedures”around Inauguration Day, consisting of “thoroughly evaluat [ing] new reservations and activating”crisis reaction groups.”Agents from Hilton and

Avis Budget Group told Forbes they are cooperating with the committee's requests and Intercontinental Hotels Group said they are taking additional security measures, and a committee assistant told Forbes they have actually already gotten”

helpful”responses to their letters from some of the companies. The other business contacted by the House Oversight Committee– consisting of Hyatt, Marriott, Greyhound, Hertz and Enterprise– have not yet reacted to requests for remark. Crucial Quote “While the inciters and

attackers bear direct responsibility for the siege on the Capitol and will be held completely responsible, they depend on a range of companies and services to get them there and house

them once they showed up

— business that obedient Americans use every day, however whose services were pirated to further the January 6 attacks, “House Oversight Committee chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) composed to the travel business. Key Background House Oversight's requests to take a trip business followed AirBnB chosen to cancel all its appointments in Washington D.C. around the inauguration. Travel companies came under examination after Trump fans'Jan. 6 seizure of the U.S. Capitol structure, as social networks posts showed Trump supporters at significant hotels like the Grand Hyatt Washington and participants chartered buses to go to the demonstration that culminated in the storming of the Capitol building. Activist groups like Black Lives Matter D.C. and hospitality labor union Unite Here Local 25 have also pressured regional hotels to close in the middle of the reliable risks of violence around Inauguration Day, which have already triggered the closure of the National Mall and deployment of 20,000 National Guard soldiers to Washington.” Closing hotels entirely for these 6 nights is the only method to ensure the security of hotel employees, neighbors, vulnerable and unhoused locals, inbound administration officials, members of Congress, and our democracy,” Black Lives Matter and ShutDown DC said in a declaration. Further Reading'Retain All Records'Through January, Congress Instructs Travel Companies(Forbes) Airbnb Cancels All Inauguration Week Reservations– And Bans Capitol Rioters Who Used App(Forbes)

Pressure Builds On D.C. Hotels To Close Around Inauguration Day (DCist ) D.C. Hotels, Bars Confront Whether to Close During Biden Inauguration (Bloomberg) Across D.C., hotels faced a dilemma: The Capitol mob was staying the night (Washington Post) Source:

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