A private commuter bus company that was barred by a federal judge Friday from picking up commuters along another bus company's routes hopes to receive permission early this week to resume service, the company's attorney said.
An estimated 200 commuters from Prince William and Fairfax counties were left stranded at bus stops on District of Columbia street corners Friday evening as a result of the court fight between the two rival bus companies.
The county residents had commuted into the District on Washington Motor Coach Inc. buses that morning, but were left to find their own way home when a judge ruled the company could no longer run buses on the routes. Colonial Transit Inc., the rival bus company that obtained the court order, did not have enough buses to pick up all the commuters that afternoon.
Lawrence E. Lindeman, attorney for Washington Motor Coach, said yesterday that the company hopes to receive permission from the Interstate Commerce Commission as soon as Monday, allowing them to resume service on the Colonial routes.
Friday afternoon Washington Motor Coach and the Prince William County attorney together had telephoned ICC officials, seeking permission for the company to pick up the stranded commuters, according to Lindeman and county spokesman Mike Gleason. ICC officials did not act, saying they would decide on the request "early next week," Lindeman said.