Public/Private Partnership Provides New Buses, Improved Passenger Amenities
BOSTON- Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) in partnership with Bloom’s Bus Lines, today announced new regional transportation services coming soon as part of the new BusPlus program to increase the intercity and commuter transportation options available across the Commonwealth and all of New England.
BusPlus is a public/private partnership in which MassDOT provides new regional buses to private for-profit bus companies. The companies in return must deliver regional services improvements and will be responsible for all bus maintenance and operating costs. The federally-funded competitive grant program includes replacement of 31 regional buses with new, state-of-the-art vehicles.
New services expected to begin in early 2014 include:
- Bloom’s Bus Lines: Taunton, Raynham, Easton, and West Bridgewater to Boston - five new round-trips, Monday – Friday, expected to begin January 21st
- Additional new BusPlus services are expected to begin soon involving several other bus companies serving other Massachusetts cities and towns.
“BusPlus is already making a positive difference for customers with new buses and better options in expanded regional transportation services,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey, “and I thank our intercity and commuter transit partners for helping us in making this happen.”
“We are successfully following through in our promise to increase service in Massachusetts and across New England, and we look forward to additional enhancements for customers in the months ahead,” said MassDOT Transit Division Administrator and MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott.
“The new buses provided through the BusPlus program along with the added service will give commuters additional options for many years to come,” said Bloom’s Bus Lines Director of Operations Adam Fernandes.
The public/private partnership includes coordination among all New England state transportation departments including New York. The regional service improvements provided through the new BusPlus service includes the creation of new routes, addition of stops to existing routes, extension of existing routes, and increased route frequency.
The BusPlus program will replace regional buses previously purchased through the MassDOT Intercity Bus Capital Assistance Program (IBCAP).
BusPlus is funded by a Federal Transit Administration State of Good Repair grant and will be overseen by MassDOT’s Rail & Transit Division.
The initial BusPlus regional bus purchase is providing 31 new buses to carriers that currently or previously operated an IBCAP regional bus, including Peter Pan Bus Lines, Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company, DATTCO, The Coach Company, Bloom Bus Lines, and Yankee Line, along with new private sector partner Greyhound.
New buses include the latest advances in safety and equipped with fully outfitted restrooms, increased leg room, new comfortable seating, Wi-Fi, and 110V power outlets at every seat. MassDOT through BusPlus is working towards the goal of providing a universal smart phone ticketing applications to all riders.
BusPlus assists MassDOT in meeting Governor Patrick’s ambitious goal of reducing Commonwealth’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the year 2020. Vehicles represent a large source of these gases. MassDOT is committed to pursuing healthier travel options, including biking, walking or transit.
In 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) was created to unify the state’s various transportation agencies. MassDOT now includes the Highway Division, the MBTA and Rail Transit Division, the Aeronautics Division, and the Registry of Motor Vehicles. MassDOT is committed to providing a safe and reliable transportation system to all those who travel in the Commonwealth and works to deliver excellent customer service. MassDOT has been nationally recognized for its innovative approach to transportation, including the Accelerated Bridge Program, the “Where’s My Bus and Train?” apps and “Fast 14” work. For more information, visit MassDOT at our website: www.mass.gov/massdot blog: http://blog.mass.gov/transportation/, or follow MassDOT on twitter at https://twitter.com/MassDOT and Facebook at www.facebook.com/massdotinfo.
Bloom's Bus Lines provides over the road motorcoach services throughout the United States and Canada. We also operate a commuter line service from the Taunton area to Boston. We have been providing regular commuter route service between the Taunton area and Boston since 1979. We have a fleet of over 20 coaches which is continuously upgraded with modern amenities. The garage is located within the Bloom Bus Terminal at 10 Oak Street in Taunton and the ticket office is located at 28 Grosvenor St. For additional information please the Bloom website at: www.bloombus.com.