Dec. 12, 2017 We have sad news, Willie Taylor has passed away yesterday at his home, leaving his wife Dora. Willie Taylor was a 50+ years member of ATU Local 1512, beginning his career here in 1953. After moving North from North Carolina to seek work, he settled in at Peter L. Picknelly's bus garage as a bus washer/cleaner, part-time, to supplement his income from a full time factory job. Never one to shy from hard work, he eventually began driving the motor coaches. His career at Peter Pan spanned over six decades, either in maintenance or driving the busses. He is believed to be the first black motor coach operator driving an intercity/interstate bus. This was during the 1960's when Peter Pan would be "rented" out to Greyhound during the Thanksgiving holiday. It was not unusual for a driver to begin his shift on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and be sent over 1,500 miles away from his home terminal for the weekend at Greyhound's wishes as an "extra" bus. Willie found himself back in the segregated South and turned a few heads! Willie was the best story-teller Peter Pan bus lines has ever had. If you had a few hours, Willie would tell the stories from the past: about the World's Fair New York, about Peter L. Picknelly being a tough but fair boss, and his mom Mrs. Jennie Picknelly collecting the money and cleaning the headrest linens, and many other tales. He always recited these yarns with color and flair! Funeral Services for Willie Taylor: Viewing/Wake is Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 1pm - 3pm at Sampson's Funeral Home, 21 Tinkham Road, Springfield, Ma. (413)782-5226. Funeral Home Service is Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 in the morning - time TBA - followed by burial at Hillcrest Park Cemetery.
Dec. 5, 2017 Peter Picknelly has found a buyer for the former bus terminal, administrative offices and parking lot at 1776 Main St., Springfield, Ma. A housing services nonprofit called "Way Finders" has purchased the land and building. Way Finders is a nonprofit established in 1972 and helps with housing for lower and middle class families. They will spend a combined $13 million and $2.75 million for the total property. It is unclear whether the bus garage or parking lot is part of the purchase. Way Finders nonprofit buys Peter Pan building
Nov. 28, 2017 Due to lack of ridership to or from the Holyoke Mall stop, Peter Pan will be removing the stop from future schedules effective 11/29/17, according to a press release. In its prime in the 1990's, the Holyoke Mall attracted college students from the Five-College area for shopping, but no longer seems to have the same allure.
Nov 24, 2017 Peter Pan bus lines has signed a 5 year - renewable to 20 years - lease on the entire third floor of the new Springfield Union Station. All administrative and executive offices will be moved to the newly renovated building from 1776 Main Street. Approximately 100 employees will occupy newly designed offices in the new building at 55 Frank B. Murray Street. Busses have operated from the new station since September, 2017. Peter Pan administrative offices will be moving
Nov. 17, 2017 MCI's parent company New Flyer of America (based in Canada, offices in St. Cloud, MN) has announced plans for construction of a parts manufacturing plant in Sheperdsville, Kentucky. The plant will fabricate small to large parts of the New Flyer transit bus models as well as MCI parts and NFI parts. More here: New Flyer building new Kentucky plant
Sept. 27, 2017 Peter Picknelly spoke to the media today about the company going back to its roots. "What people want in a bus company is really very simple. They want a clean bus, a professional driver, on-time, friendly service. Seems easy...but it's really difficult to execute...all the time! I...think that Peter Pan executes it better than most..." See the full short PR video... "All of us are really excited about our opportunities. We're now travelling our own road just like we were doing in the good ol' days!" VIDEO Peter Pan returns to its "Routes"
Sept. 24, 2017 Surprise! Beginning the first day of the GL/PP split, Greyhound announced it will have nonstop service from Washington Heights, Manhattan, from a George Washington Bus Terminal gate to destinations: Washington DC, Boston, and Philadelphia. the GW Bus Terminal was recently renovated after a much delayed opening earlier this year. Greyhound is claiming 10 new schedules daily and an additional 6 new schedules on weekend days. Greyhound adds GW Bridge Bus terminal as alternate NYC stop
Sept. 18, 2017 A Dahlia tourbus crashed at high speed with an MTA bus on Northern Boulevard in Queens this morning. There are at least three fatalities reported with multiple injured and a few cars involved, and a small fire in a building struck by the busses. Hundreds of emergency personnel summoned to the scene. There are reports of massive traffic jams. Dahlia bus crash with MTA bus ------ VIDEO : Dahlia Bus hits MTA bus Queens, NY