Flixbus competing in New York, Baltimore, Washington DC, Richmond routes

May 30, 2019

Flixbus, a European Intercity curbside service bus company, has already started service from 33rd St and Allen Street in NYC to Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond, Va.  This brings another player to an already crowded playing field for intercity bus service.  Their business model uses other bus companies that they license (and wrap their bus) to operate their line routes.

Their fares start at just $4.99 one way. Flixbus has been operating on the West Coast for one year now. 

Flixbus comes to East coast

Flixbus website route map

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ATU International President Larry Hanley mourned

May 8, 2019

Statement from International Executive Vice President Javier Perez on passing of International President Larry Hanley

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that our beloved International President Larry Hanley passed away suddenly yesterday. Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to his family at this very difficult time. This is an unfathomable and tragic loss for the ATU and the entire labor movement. As further details are available additional information will be provided.

In solidarity,
Javier Perez
International Executive Vice President



Statement from the family of International President Larry Hanley

It is with greatest sorrow to share with you that our dear husband, father and brother, Lawrence J. Hanley, passed away on May 7, 2019.  He devoted his life to the union movement and to the Amalgamated Transit Union. His fondest wish for the union now would be to continue your everyday efforts for the members, because they were always the ones on his mind. He shared his love of defending the defenseless with you in the hopes that the ATU would be a shining beacon in the labor movement, the country, and the world. We wish to thank you for all of your hard work in your careers furthering these goals and wish you success as you continue in furtherance of them. As we go forward, the men and women of the ATU, and the labor movement will always be in our hearts. We will never forget the joy and privilege he felt in his over 40 year career, fighting for the people who needed a champion. We are so proud of everything the ATU has done and will do for the working women and men of this country. It was an honor.

“Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.”
– Mary G. Harris “Mother” Jones (1837-1930)

Thelma, James, Monica and Lawrence, Jr.

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MCI testing Electric J4500e Prototype

May 6, 2019

MCI Coach (a New Flyer subsidiary) of Pembina, ND is testing a J4500e 45 foot Siemens Electric Driver with Nickel Manganese Cobalt Li-Ion battery pack for eventual sale and delivery in year 2020.  The newly engineered battery-platform motorcoach has been tested at highway speed up to 70 mph. Also, the new D4500 CRTLE coach is coming off the assembly line this year with low floor ramp access for wheelchair ADA passengers.

Green motorcoach developed by MCI

New Low Floor access for wheelchair passengers

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Winthrop Sargent purchases P & B bus

April 4, 2019

Reports say that the ink is settling on a purchase agreement of P & B, McGinn, and Brush Hill, from the Anzuoni family which have owned the enterprise since 1948. The details have yet to be approved by the DPU in an upcoming April 9th meeting, but the ink is set to dry. Purchase price has not been revealed. Over 100 employees will remain, including family members who will be on the advisory board. Win Sargent is a South Shore entrepreneur who founded Winthrop Capital Advisors. He brings two partners: John Cogliano, chairman of the Mass Turnpike Authority, and Paul Fuerst, owner of a tax advisory company. 

Plymouth & Brockton changing hands

Brush Hill & McGinn part of P & B deal

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New Peter Pan Phila-Balt-DC Service in May

April 2, 2019

New schedules connecting Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia begin on May 10, 2019. The service will be offered on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays to start. The three hour trip makes a mandatory stop in Baltimore. Philadelphia becomes a potential transfer point for passengers (from west, north, south). Two new full schedules each for Philadelphia drivers and DC drivers. Plus Specials on Fridays and Sundays. 

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Ed Hope (1942-2019)

Mar. 5, 2019

Ed Hope, a 53-year member of Amalgamated Transit Union, and a Peter Pan coach driver for 30+ years has passed after fight with illness. Ed Hope reached a pinnacle of 4 Million Safety Miles as recorded with the National Safety Institute. He will be missed by all.

Obituary Hartford Courant – Ed Hope

Yates Funeral Home obituary

                           Peter Picknelly & Eddie Hope at Awards Banquet. March, 2016. Receiving 4 Million Safety Miles Award.  Only bus driver in the nation  to receive 4 million safety miles award.

 

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