ATU International President Larry Hanley mourned

May 8, 2019

Statement from International Executive Vice President Javier Perez on passing of International President Larry Hanley

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that our beloved International President Larry Hanley passed away suddenly yesterday. Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to his family at this very difficult time. This is an unfathomable and tragic loss for the ATU and the entire labor movement. As further details are available additional information will be provided.

In solidarity,
Javier Perez
International Executive Vice President

Statement from the family of International President Larry Hanley

It is with greatest sorrow to share with you that our dear husband, father and brother, Lawrence J. Hanley, passed away on May 7, 2019.  He devoted his life to the union movement and to the Amalgamated Transit Union. His fondest wish for the union now would be to continue your everyday efforts for the members, because they were always the ones on his mind. He shared his love of defending the defenseless with you in the hopes that the ATU would be a shining beacon in the labor movement, the country, and the world. We wish to thank you for all of your hard work in your careers furthering these goals and wish you success as you continue in furtherance of them. As we go forward, the men and women of the ATU, and the labor movement will always be in our hearts. We will never forget the joy and privilege he felt in his over 40 year career, fighting for the people who needed a champion. We are so proud of everything the ATU has done and will do for the working women and men of this country. It was an honor.

“Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.”
– Mary G. Harris “Mother” Jones (1837-1930)

Thelma, James, Monica and Lawrence, Jr.

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MCI testing Electric J4500e Prototype

May 6, 2019

MCI Coach (a New Flyer subsidiary) of Pembina, ND is testing a J4500e 45 foot Siemens Electric Driver with Nickel Manganese Cobalt Li-Ion battery pack for eventual sale and delivery in year 2020.  The newly engineered battery-platform motorcoach has been tested at highway speed up to 70 mph. Also, the new D4500 CRTLE coach is coming off the assembly line this year with low floor ramp access for wheelchair ADA passengers.

Green motorcoach developed by MCI

New Low Floor access for wheelchair passengers

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Winthrop Sargent purchases P & B bus

April 4, 2019

Reports say that the ink is settling on a purchase agreement of P & B, McGinn, and Brush Hill, from the Anzuoni family which have owned the enterprise since 1948. The details have yet to be approved by the DPU in an upcoming April 9th meeting, but the ink is set to dry. Purchase price has not been revealed. Over 100 employees will remain, including family members who will be on the advisory board. Win Sargent is a South Shore entrepreneur who founded Winthrop Capital Advisors. He brings two partners: John Cogliano, chairman of the Mass Turnpike Authority, and Paul Fuerst, owner of a tax advisory company. 

Plymouth & Brockton changing hands

Brush Hill & McGinn part of P & B deal

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New Peter Pan Phila-Balt-DC Service in May

April 2, 2019

New schedules connecting Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia begin on May 10, 2019. The service will be offered on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays to start. The three hour trip makes a mandatory stop in Baltimore. Philadelphia becomes a potential transfer point for passengers (from west, north, south). Two new full schedules each for Philadelphia drivers and DC drivers. Plus Specials on Fridays and Sundays. 

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Ed Hope (1942-2019)

Mar. 5, 2019

Ed Hope, a 53-year member of Amalgamated Transit Union, and a Peter Pan coach driver for 30+ years has passed after fight with illness. Ed Hope reached a pinnacle of 4 Million Safety Miles as recorded with the National Safety Institute. He will be missed by all.

Obituary Hartford Courant – Ed Hope

Yates Funeral Home obituary

                           Peter Picknelly & Eddie Hope at Awards Banquet. March, 2016. Receiving 4 Million Safety Miles Award.  Only bus driver in the nation  to receive 4 million safety miles award.


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NTSB Report on Dahlia bus crash Flushing, Queens 2017

Mar. 3, 2019

The NTSB has issued their final report on a Sept, 2017 Dahlia bus accident in Flushing, Queens, New York. Part of the report cites new information that a metal “coffee” thermos was found at the accident scene near the foot control pedals. In addition, audible sounds on the motorcoach GPS forward-facing video camera detected a “metal rattling sound” seconds before the accident, as well as exclamation sounds from the operator. Proof of the thermos involvement was not conclusive. (A driver-compartment facing camera would have disclosed whether or not the thermos was causal.)

The NTSB was unable to determine with certainty, whether or not the thermos played a role in the accident by falling and possibly wedging underneath or between the brake and throttle pedals. Official cause of accident was unintended speed acceleration/inability to brake by operator. There were three fatalities and over a dozen injuries. 

Street View camera – You Tube

CBS New York – Dahlia bus crash 2017 clip

NTSB final report summary: Dahlia bus crash

NTSB report full version: 10 pages













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Kelley Transit bus of Torrington, Ct closes doors

Feb. 18, 2019

Kelley Transit bus company of Torrington, CT which operated charters and commuter service has suddenly ceased operations last week. The company had declared Chapter 11 re-organization bankruptcy in 2011. The company had a transportation history of over 150 years!

Both Peter Pan Bus Lines  and Dattco of New Britain will likely bid on the commuter bus contract Torrington to Waterbury, according to spokesperson of the state bureau of public transportation. CT Transit will temporarily operate the service until bidding and award are completed within the year.

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