Amtrak adding Greenfield, NHP, Holyoke, Spfd service

Aug. 25, 2019

Amtrak is adding train service to the upper Pioneer Valley with stops at Holyoke, Northampton, and Greenfield. An early morning train leaving Greenfield will arrive in Springfield at 6:53 am and depart to NYC at 7:05 am. Late evening/night service will depart NYC at 7:05 pm and arrive in Greenfield at 12:40 am. Gov. Charlie Baker and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal announced last year that the state would fund this two-year pilot north-south rail program as an experiment. Service begins Aug. 30.

Valley Flyer Amtrak begins Aug. 30

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Logan Airport Improvements & Construction

Aug. 19, 2019

MassPort announced upcoming changes in the next five years to Logan Airport with expected expenditure of $2 Billion.

  • Terminal E will be expanded: Seven new aircraft gates, larger concourse, shopping & dining, ticketing and security areas.
  • Terminal C will have a canopy and improved roads
  • Connector walkways between Terminal B and Terminal C
  • 5,000 more parking spaces
  • Designated Uber & Lyft areas
  • Expanding Logan Express service to North Station; Increasing Logan Express busses to Framingham & Braintree; More Logan Express parking

Logan Airport announced a Five-Yr Improvement Plan

MassPort press release on Logan improvement plans

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Flixbus testing Virtual Reality Headsets

Aug 3, 2019

Flixbus, a European intercity operator with licensed bus company partners, has been testing Virtual Reality headsets on some of their longer distance routes in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, for their passengers’ use. Flixbus entered the US marketplace in 2018 and has expanded on both coasts as well as in the Southwest. In Europe, they recently purchased French operator Euroline. 

Inflight VR has already tested their product on certain airline routes. The headsets eventually would be rented for the trip or included in a “deluxe” price. 

Flixbus testing VR headsets

Eurolines purchased by german Flixbus

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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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