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No decision on future PABT

Oct. 21, 2016

After last week’s commissioner’s meeting at the PABT, there still appears to be more questions than answers regarding any future PABT concept or location.

  • How to augment bus parking and staging?
  • Should intercity and commuters riders should be separated?
  • Should part of the terminal be underground?
  • Can the existing terminal be rebuilt?
  • Can the terminal be located outside of the preferred area?
  • Should the terminal include a green roof?
  • How can technology be incorporated?

Seems like the experts are stumped!

http://blog.tstc.org/2016/10/21/230000-losers-still-no-clear-winner-port-authority-bus-terminal-design-competition/

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California casino bus accident

Oct. 24, 2016

A tour bus returning home after a one day casino trip has crashed into the back of a moving tractor trailer at a high rate of speed with 13+ fatalities, and 31 injuries. The accident occurred on I-10 westbound near Palm Springs, California at 5:17 am.  The driver and most passengers in the first four rows were killed by the impact. There was some roving construction – installation of overhead cables – in the area.

The autopsy will reveal whether drugs or alcohol was a factor in the accident. NTSB is on scene with go team to analyze this terrible accident.

CNN – California bus accident:  http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/23/us/california-bus-accident/

NTSB – Worn tires may have  been partly to cause

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Some Ma DOT Bus Plus Routes cancelled

Sept. 30, 2016

Effective Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, Ma. Bus Plus cancelled some subsidized routes operated by Peter Pan Bus Lines. The early morning Western Tier route Albany-Williamstown-Greenfield-Springfield, as well as the route in the opposite direction have been cancelled. The second Western Tier midday route originating in Springfield has been renewed.

The Marlborough-Boston commuter routes have also been cancelled. In addition, the MaxBus Northampton-Gardiner-Fitchburg-Worcester has been cancelled.

Lack of bus ridership was the stated reason for the cancellations.

Bus Plus pulls the plug

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