By Julia Carrie Wong : sfweekly – excerpt
Leap Transit, the private bus line that operates a luxury alternative to Muni between the Financial District and the Marina, has halted operations after receiving a cease and desist letter from the California Public Utilities Commission.
In a post on its Facebook page published last night, the company announced, “Leap will be offline at least through the end of this week as we work through a regulatory issue.” The statement chalks up the problems to “various clerical issues”:…
But the actual cease and desist order from the CPUC (embedded below) suggests that the problem is more serious. The letter, dated May 11, states the Leap has failed to provide proof of liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance and “evidence of compliance with the controlled substances and alcohol testing requirements.” According to the letter, Leap has also not complied with certain “safety requirements prior to operation,” including inspections by the California Highway Patrol.
Leap has faced pretty much constant criticism since it launched earlier this spring. The private buses are not all wheelchair accessible, and the Chronicle reported that the company had actually removed wheelchair accessibility in order to install bar seating. The Chronicle has also detailed how the company has sought to “game” the regulatory system by seeking licensing from the state instead of more stringent local bodies. Looks like that bet is no longer paying off… (more)