Union Station reopens after a $94 Million Rehabilitation

Springfield Union Station opened Sunday, June 25, 2017 following a $94 Million remodel four decades in the making. The surface area, including all the bus docks and multi-level garage building, and the train/bus station is at least six times the size of the current Peter L. Picknelly Transportation Center. 27 docks are spread out between Frank B. Murray Street, Dwight Street, Main Street and Liberty Street. Here is the Money Breakdown: Funding from the Federal Government: $43.6 Million. Funding from the State Government: $44.7 Million. Funding from City Government: $5.8 Million. Total Funding is $94 Million. Peter Pan Bus Lines and Greyhound Bus Lines will be following the PVTA transit busses into the new Union Station in July or August, 2017.  The current terminal will be re-purposed by OPAL Real Estate. TBA.                        

                                               

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Peter Pan Bus Lines hiring professional Drivers

Peter Pan Bus Lines is hiring for Motorcoach Operator position in all divisions:

  • Springfield, MA
  • Providence, RI
  • Rocky Hill (Hartford), CT
  • Chelsea (Boston), MA
  • Secaucus (NYC), NJ
  • Tuxedo (Wash DC), MD
The up-to six week training course is provided by Peter Pan and is included, and wages are earned during the training period. **BONUS OPPORTUNITIES! Potential to earn up to $2,500 in bonuses in the first year for experienced licensed drivers! Peter Pan Bus Lines is now searching for motivated individuals who are serious about customer service and safety to work for us as motorcoach operators, the pilots of the open road. Fully licensed drivers will enter our company with increased merit (Class A 18-wheeler, Transit bus, Motorcoach), but we will provide full training to the right individual that is looking for a rewarding career providing safety and care to our customers. Essential Duties of Success:
  • Transport passengers via bus over specified routes to local or distant points according to time schedule.
  • Assist passengers on and off the coach, collecting tickets, fares, and providing informational announcements.
  • Provide a positive and safe experience for customers.
Successful candidates must be available to work weekdays, weekends, evenings and holidays. Flexibility is paramount as drivers may be away from home for extended periods of time. Prospective employees must meet a satisfactory pre-employment physical (Department of Transportation), drug screen, and background check including motor vehicle record, criminal record, and employment references. Peter Pan is proud to offer an array of benefits, including medical and dental insurance. Peter Pan Bus Lines is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Link to Peter Pan Bus website/employment
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First Group/Greyhound buying 360 Prevost motorcoaches

June 20, 2017 Greyhound of Dallas, Texas has come to an agreement with Prevost Coach Sales of Quebec, Canada for the purchase of  up to 360 new coaches over the next three years - beginning in 2017. The three year deal specifies the delivery of the first 60 coaches in 2017, with the option to purchase the balance over a 3 year period. This is the single largest contract in Prevost history. “Our team is quite excited to be able to build Greyhound buses again. We greatly value our long standing relationship with GLI and are appreciative that they have chosen Prevost as their brand of choice,” said Francois Tremblay, Prevost vice president/general manager.  “We believe product quality and exceptional service support made all the difference in their decision. ” “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Prevost over the next few years. The quality of buses they produce will help us to keep setting the highest standard for transporting customers across North America,” said Dave Leach, president & CEO, Greyhound. Prevost website

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Union Election Results – June 15, 2017

President:  Andy Woods Vice President: Ricky Johnson Financial Secretary:  Dave Kollisch Recording Secretary:  Janet Travis Executive Board:  Tony Wilson, Roland Rich, Ken Sheelor, Tom Eckert, Reuben Somar, Charlie Myers, YiFan Chen.

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PVTA moving to Union Station Sunday June 25

PVTA busses will no longer use the Peter L. Picknelly Bus terminal in Springfield starting Sunday, June 25, 2017.  Peter Pan and Greyhound busses will continue to use the 1776 Main Street building until later in the summer. Eventually, all transportation (train, intercity bus, local bus, taxi) will be moved to the new Union Station slated to open the weekend of June 24-25, 2017

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George Washington Bridge Bus terminal finally re-opens

June 5, 2017 After a two-year delay by construction contractors and Port Authority incompetence, the George Washington Port Authority Bus Terminal has re-opened after being closed for a one-year renovation in 2014. The bus terminal is located at Fort Washington Avenue and 178th St. and links with the A train for commuters from New Jersey.  Tenants however have not been allowed to do construction on their leased properties for three years. The terminal opened to mixed reviews - primarily since there was no ticket counter, just two ticket kiosks which had long lines the other day. (Drivers no longer accept cash on many of the routes i.e. NJ Transit) Again, bad planning. GW Bridge bus terminal opens to mixed reviews

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Bus driver texts while driving – video released

June 1, 2017 A Greyhound driver en route from DC to Phila. was videotaped by a passenger - an active DC Metrobus driver who was a passenger on the bus in the front row - texting on his smart phone while he was driving north on I.95.   This is the exact type of negative exposure that bus companies are so sensitive about - bad press. Click for more: Bus driver videotaped

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