Albany-Gfld-Spfd Bus Plus renewed

Sept 16, 2016

Ma DOT Bus Plus has extended by one year the Western Tier service of Spfd-Northampton-Greenfield-No.Adams-Williamstown-Troy-Albany. Grant money from the Federal Transit Administration has been approved for $159,000 (12 months).

True North (MaxBus) will change their route to Brattleboro-Greenfield-Fitchburg-Worcester.

Greyhound received a route Boston-Springfield-Pittsfield.

Plymouth & Brockton received a route Providence-Boston.

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NJ Transit grabs Five gates from Greyhound/PP North Wing!

Aug. 31, 2016

Starting Sat. Sept. 3, 2016, NJ Transit has maneuvered the right to use 5 gates in the North Wing Lower Level between the hours of 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM.  The gates that NJ Transit has received – through some sort of agreement between PABT, NJT and Greyhound – enables them to use Gates: 74; 75; 76; 77 and 78, during those hours (in addition to the overnight usage of North Wing gates).

According to press releases, this is some sort of a “pilot program” that “helps reduce traffic” in the NJ Transit gate areas! No mention of the gridlock traffic in the North Wing terminal! Let’s see how this plays out….

Click:  Losing 5 gates at PABTPort_Authority_Bus_Terminal_interior

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FMCSA & NHTSA propose mandatory Speed Limiter Governors on all trucks and busses nationwide

Aug. 28, 2016

Following committee discussion in 2014 and 2015, the FMCSA is proposing mandatory governors on all heavy vehicles on the nation’s highways to be installed with 60MPH, 65MPH, or 68 MPH speed limiters.   The proposal is now in the public 60-day comment period, where a proposed Congressional rulemaking is open for discussion by all parties. Truck Operator groups as well as Truck fleet organizations are mostly opposed to the rule, saying it would make the roads more dangerous (with the different speeds of side-by-side vehicles in some areas)…”highways are safest when all vehicles travel at the same relative speed” says Todd Spencer, executive vice president of an Independent Truck Owner’s Association.

Click:  Busses may soon be governed at 68 MPH nationwide.

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Pedestrian Accident fatal in Providence

Aug. 24, 2016

A pedestrian walking in a crosswalk next to Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence reportedly was struck and killed by a Peter Pan bus at 8 AM this morning.  The Providence-based driver was heading East on Washington St. before turning North onto East Approach Street.  The accident is under investigation by Peter Pan Bus Lines safety director Christopher Crean, as well as State officials.   “Excellent driver, good safety record”, said Christopher Crean. “He’s horrified about this whole thing and having a tough time.” According to safety records, Peter Pan had six bus accidents in the past two years. It puts the Springfield-based company at a “satisfactory” rating.

Woman hit by Peter Pan Bus at Kennedy Plaza

New: Driver will not face criminal charge

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Picknelly argument balances Gov. Baker’s veto decision on Rail Proposal

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Aug. 2, 2016

Just days before a special weekend midnight joint legislative session at the State House on public transportation, Peter Picknelly made the argument to Governor Baker “not to rush into East-West subsidized rail service in competition with already established InterCity Bus routes”.  The legislature was deciding whether to fund a full-scale rail study as part of the end of the fiscal year session’s new funding bills.

Picknelly makes some excellent points, including the possibility of expanding express bus routes and HOV lanes, as well as the hundreds of good union jobs that such rail subsidies would negatively affect.  Click here for details: Governor Baker listens in part to Peter Picknelly

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Ca. bus crash involving highway pole

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A Mexico motorcoach traveling from Mexico to Washington State went off the highway, and was sliced by a highway pole reminiscent of the tragedy in New Rochelle, NY five years ago. Five passengers were fatally injured, many more seriously injured, including the driver. The white painted bus “Autobuses Coordinados USA” veered off the road a little after 3:00 AM this morning. It appears the driver was about to be relieved in Livingston, Ca. by a relief driver. He either failed to negotiate an early ramp (Liberty Ave, Exit 200), or exited the roadway one mile short of his designated route (Hammatt Ave, Exit 201) when the accident happened. Click:  Tour bus crushed by highway pole

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