Public/Private Partnership Provides New Buses, Improved Passenger Amenities
BOSTON- Monday, January 14, 2014- The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today announced new regional transportation services by Coach Company now in place 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 now in effect include the following:
- Coach Company: Newburyport to Boston- new round-trip Monday – Friday.
- Coach Company: Haverhill, Groveland, Georgetown, Boxford, Topsfield, Peabody to Boston- new round-trip Monday – Friday.
Additional new BusPlus+ services are expected to begin in early 2014 involving six other bus companies serving numerous other communities across Massachusetts and the region.
“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 BusPlus program is a great start to bolster both the public and private transportation infrastructure that serves the needs of the Massachusetts traveling public,” said Coach Company President Benton Smith.
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.
The Coach Company is a charter and Line run company located in Merrimac Ma. For over 50 years the Coach Company has been providing charter and line run service’s to the New England region. If you commute from Newburyport, Topsfield, Georgetown, Boxford, Haverhill or Peabody we can make your daily commute hassle and stress free. There is free parking at all of our Boston loading areas and you can choose a bus time that works for you, with 18 daily trips. Safe comfortable and reliable transportation is provided for all Charters and line runs. For more information about our transportation services please go to our web site www.coachco.com for schedules and prices or call us at 1-800-874-3377.