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

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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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New PABT terminal location under protest

July 27, 2016

The Port Authority Bus Terminal’s decision to award a design contract based on a new location: 38th to 40th St./Ninth Ave to 11 Avenue, has recently drawn stiff opposition from local Hell’s Kitchen residents and community leaders. Although the PABT has theoretically agreed to $10 Billion for the new terminal, it may be a pipe dream, if local officials succeed in halting this important improvement to the InterCity bus and Commuter bus infrastructure of New York City.

Click here for more: New PABT proposed location draws ire

Click here for competition rules: PABT design competitiion

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Peter Pan negotiating w/city over Union Station

With the projected opening of the new Springfield Union Station Transporation Hub in January 2017, Peter Pan managers and the Springfield Redevelopment Authority are in discussions about a lease agreement of gates and ticket counter space in the Intermodal Transporation Center.  As of now, Peter Picknelly has not committed to making the move, but that could change.

Click: Peter Pan negotiates w/Union Station

Click: Springfield Redevelopment Authority website

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