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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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NTSB Report on Dahlia bus crash Flushing, Queens 2017

Mar. 3, 2019

The NTSB has issued their final report on a Sept, 2017 Dahlia bus accident in Flushing, Queens, New York. Part of the report cites new information that a metal “coffee” thermos was found at the accident scene near the foot control pedals. In addition, audible sounds on the motorcoach GPS forward-facing video camera detected a “metal rattling sound” seconds before the accident, as well as exclamation sounds from the operator. Proof of the thermos involvement was not conclusive. (A driver-compartment facing camera would have disclosed whether or not the thermos was causal.)

The NTSB was unable to determine with certainty, whether or not the thermos played a role in the accident by falling and possibly wedging underneath or between the brake and throttle pedals. Official cause of accident was unintended speed acceleration/inability to brake by operator. There were three fatalities and over a dozen injuries. 

Street View camera – You Tube

CBS New York – Dahlia bus crash 2017 clip

NTSB final report summary: Dahlia bus crash

NTSB report full version: 10 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIS RE-ENACTED PHOTO is ONE POSSIBLE SCENARIO: NTSB

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