Charlie Myers (1966-2020)

Jan. 1, 2021

26 yr.- veteran Peter Pan bus driver Charlie Myers passed away suddenly during a vacation trip on Dec. 24, 2020 at his family home in South Carolina. Charlie was a favorite amongst passengers and co-workers alike. Despite not being super-tall in stature, Charlie loomed large and was strong with great stamina, smarts, and wits. He has been an Executive Board officer at ATU Local 1512 for over 20 years. Charlie will be sorely missed by his family at Peter Pan.

Funeral: W.M. Smith McNeal Funeral Home. Awendaw, South Carolina. Viewing: Jan. 1, 2021 4 pm. Funeral Jan. 2, 2021 2pm.

Charlie Myers, Secaucus, NJ Peter Pan Operator

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Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative is looking to hire School Bus Drivers

Jan 1, 2021

LPVEC is now hiring Springfield, Mass. area school bus drivers for Agawam, Wilbraham, East Longmeadow and Southwick, Massachusetts locations. LPVEC offers good pay with benefits, trains you and pays you for training. Salary: $18.00/hr. to $23.00/hr.
If interested contact David Young (Part-time Peter Pan driver) at LPVEC. Or email David Young: dpy9477@

Local 1512 is not promoting or encouraging any action by our members; only making them aware of employment opportunities.

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ABA Pres. Pantuso predicts up to 50% of the Bus Industry will fail in 2021 without federal aid

Dec. 17, 2020

American Bus Association President Peter Pantuso sat with “Business Insider” magazine recently. ABA represent 1000 bus companies nationwide from small family operated companies to larger well known legacy companies. He states that the Coronavirus Pandemic has decimated the industry: Intercity Bus ridership down 75%; Commuter ridership down 90%; Charters down nearly 100%.

Many companies with a history of 80, 90, 100 years of operation have closed their doors or suspended – perhaps permanently – all operations.

The nation’s private bus industry – represented by approximately 3,000 companies – is the only major transportation sector receiving no relief in the 2020 Coronavirus CARES Act. Yet, this industry is the most important lifeblood to our nation’s circulation. Learn more about our predicament:

Business Insider:

Depaul Univ. Research – including Graphs depicting InterCity Bus market 2019 vs 2020; and Bus Ticket Sales 2019 vs 2020:–Intercity-Bus-Industry-in-Dire-Condition.html?soid=1103274555013&aid=VQzYd5jlneM

Decamp Bus – 100 Years+ of Service

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NJ Transit Board of Directors demands tighter oversight controls

Dec. 2, 2020

After NJ Attorney General opened up a $15 Million lawsuit against Academy Bus last month; and, Governor Murphy vetoed new subsidized NJT routes to Academy yesterday; NJ Transit Board of Directors state that fiscal oversight is loose or nonexistent.

Allegedly, Academy Bus misrepresented their performance data of Rte.119, PABT-Jersey City-Bayonne bus routes. When NJT wasn’t looking, allegedly, Academy would cancel runs and still be compensated without properly notifying NJT, or documenting it properly. An internal whistleblower started the lawsuit in 2017 under the “New Jersey False Claims Act”.

Academy has responded to media reports: “Prior to this filing, Academy took corrective actions to improve its performance and the company will continue to work diligently to accomplish that objective…We value our relationship with New Jersey Transit and regret that this matter has been moved to litigation.”

Click here for article on NJ Transit Board of Directors demand for tighter controls:

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New MCI Design D4520

Nov. 22, 2020

MCI has introduced a new design line to the D Series 45-foot motorcoach, both intercity and commuter models. Photos here show the major changes in the nose and rear view and other remodeling styles. Springfield, Ma. division is hosting the D4520 demo for a short time. This next generation D-Series high floor coach seems to be Buy-America compliant. The handicap lift is in the rear of the coach preserving Luggage space for the InterCity/Charter model.

Our spy photos here of the D4520 assembled July, 2020 in Pembina, ND:

2020 Model Yr MCI D4520 with sliding front door
Closeup of Headlight/Marker Assembly with LED Frosted Cover
Model Yr 2020 MCI D4520
Model Yr 2020 MCI D4520

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Proposal to build new underground PABT near 11th Ave.

Nov. 11, 2020

Could the Port Authority NY/NJ Bus Terminal be rebuilt entirely underground? A $15 billion proposal, not available before to the public, is being offered by engineering firm AECOM, as one of three proposals being considered. The underground terminal would have separate tunnels feeding in/out of the Lincoln Tunnel; it would be closer to the Javits Center on land already owned by NYC.

Click here for details:

New PABT as envisioned by AECOM proposal

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UMass-Amherst on-campus learning offered to freshmen and transfers in Spring, 2021

Oct. 28, 2020

UMass-Amherst campus has announced a slightly wider opening stance for the Spring College semester, after a mostly failed partial opening in the Fall semester. Twice a week Covid testing will be a part of the rules for allowing students to remain on campus for in-person classes.

More here:

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