No decision on future PABT

Oct. 21, 2016

After last week’s commissioner’s meeting at the PABT, there still appears to be more questions than answers regarding any future PABT concept or location.

  • How to augment bus parking and staging?
  • Should intercity and commuters riders should be separated?
  • Should part of the terminal be underground?
  • Can the existing terminal be rebuilt?
  • Can the terminal be located outside of the preferred area?
  • Should the terminal include a green roof?
  • How can technology be incorporated?

Seems like the experts are stumped!

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California casino bus accident

Oct. 24, 2016

A tour bus returning home after a one day casino trip has crashed into the back of a moving tractor trailer at a high rate of speed with 13+ fatalities, and 31 injuries. The accident occurred on I-10 westbound near Palm Springs, California at 5:17 am.  The driver and most passengers in the first four rows were killed by the impact. There was some roving construction – installation of overhead cables – in the area.

The autopsy will reveal whether drugs or alcohol was a factor in the accident. NTSB is on scene with go team to analyze this terrible accident.



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Some Ma DOT Bus Plus Routes cancelled

Sept. 30, 2016

Effective Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, Ma. Bus Plus cancelled some subsidized routes operated by Peter Pan Bus Lines. The early morning Western Tier route Albany-Williamstown-Greenfield-Springfield, as well as the route in the opposite direction have been cancelled. The second Western Tier midday route originating in Springfield has been renewed.

The Marlborough-Boston commuter routes have also been cancelled. In addition, the MaxBus Northampton-Gardiner-Fitchburg-Worcester has been cancelled.

Lack of bus ridership was the stated reason for the cancellations.

Bus Plus pulls the plug

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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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