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Concord Coach Lines says it will suspend bus service throughout New England on Saturday after a former passenger tested positive for the coronavirus.

After Concord Coach Line's national competitor Greyhound stopped allowing random immigration checks on its buses, and after pressure from civil rights groups, the New Hampshire-based company says it will no longer consent to such checks on its buses.

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New Hampshire-based Concord Coachlines says it is "reconsidering" its policy of allowing Border Patrol agents to board buses and perform immigration checks on passengers.

Civil rights advocates are calling on Concord Coachlines to stop allowing Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents to screen and question passengers without probable cause.

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Newly-released company statistics show that Concord Coach Lines' passenger numbers in Maine are up by more than 50% from 10 years ago.

The company says last year more than 640,000 people rode Concord Coach Lines in Maine.  

"We have seen a lot of steady organic growth in the state of Maine," says company vice president Ben Blunt. Blunt says the growth is in line with southern Maine's increasing population.

Concord Coach Lines is once again attracting attention after a bus driver kept a 14-year-old Pakistani-American boy from boarding the bus in Rockland because he didn't have identification.

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A little less than one month after a video taken by a passenger showed an employee of Concord Coach Lines telling a passenger in Bangor that they had to be a citizen to ride the bus, the company has released a statement saying it doesn't deny people passage based on citizenship, and that it never has.

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AUBURN, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage today joined other state and local officials in Auburn to welcome the announcement of a new regional bus service offered by Concord Coach Lines between Lewiston and Auburn and the city of Portland.

The service is expected to be offered late next year. It will begin at Bates College in Lewiston, stop at two new bus stations in Auburn and then proceed to the Portland Transportation Center, with connections all the way to Boston. A one-way ticket to Boston will cost $50.