“Cabin” bus line brings overnight sleeper berths to intercity bus travel

Feb. 11, 2018 A start-up West Coast company "Cabin" operates an overnight Custom Coach service between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Cabin began in 2016 with test runs and operates three motorcoaches while providing specially designed 24 pax max./sleeper  berth equipped/ground transportation service between the main California city pair LA-SF. Their fares average $85 to $115 and include refreshments and host service. More here in this early Feb. 2018 USA Today article: Cabin Coaches: California overnight bus service

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Greyhound adds Framingham Center to Mass BusPlus route

Feb. 11, 2018 Greyhound adds the future Framingham Intermodal InterCity Bus & Train Center to their Mass BusPlus route. Located at 2 Franklin Street, Framingham, it is more than 5 miles (15 minutes each way) from the the MassPike; This adds Framingham to previous BusPlus stops: Sturbridge, Lee and Pittsfield.  This is a surprising move since the stop is a long detour off the MassPike. Greyhound agrees to add Framingham to BusPlus route  

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NTSB says: Bus driver in Aug., 2016 California bus crash was seriously fatigued

Jan. 18, 2018 NTSB investigators last November, 2017 have reported that bus driver of Autobuses Coordinados USA travelling from Los Angeles to Modesto, Ca. had opportunity of only 5 hours to sleep in the previous 40 hour period, causing "acute sleep loss" according to NTSB final report on the crash which resulted in four fatalities. Click here for more information: NTSB publishes report on Aug. 2016 California bus crash

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New MCI D45 model has mid-door low entry ADA doorway/vestibule

Jan. 18, 2018 MCI has redesigned their D45 Commuter Series coach with the D45-CRT-LE that has a second door entryway/exitway (split door) a low vestibule area for Wheelchair/Scooter pax and a ramp for entry/egress.  Checkout the photos below for more information:

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Greyhound bus passengers threatened; driver refuses to pull over

Jan. 13, 2018 A Greyhound bus heading East in Wisconsin to Chicago, Ill. was surrounded by 20 police vehicles after passengers reported an individual on the bus was threatening them with harm. The driver however, refused to pull over for a long time, until it was forced to stop after spike strips set-up by police, punctured the front tires of the bus. A 34 year old was removed from the bus, handcuffed, and charged with making terrorist threats and other felony crimes. The bus driver claims he thought the police were on a training exercise, or, other reports suggest the bus driver thought the police were following a different vehicle. There may be criminal charges against Greyhound driver who drove an additional 17 miles after police began the pursuit following the passenger 911 call. The driver is put out-of-service by Greyhound during further investigation. County DA considering charges on Greyhound driver   Greyhound driver refuses to pull over, possible hostage situation

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Willie Taylor, a giant at Peter Pan, has left us…

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 at Springfield Armory. 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 fare 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 Funeral Service is Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 in the morning at 11 AM - followed by burial at Hillcrest Park Cemetery. Peter Pan will be providing a new 2018 J4500, newly wrapped, as transportation for employees who want transportation to the Sampsons Funeral Home.  Click for MassLive article with video, photos: Pioneering black bus driver Willie Taylor dies at 87 years old  

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Peter Pan sells former bus terminal

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

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