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Bus Plus LogoMassDOT in partnership with Peter Pan 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.

New service expected to begin on September 15, 2014 includes:

• Peter Pan Bus Lines: Providence, Worcester, Springfield, Lee, Lenox, Pittsfield, Williamstown, and Albany – one new round-trip Monday – Sunday. This daily service will increase from two daily round-trips to three daily round-trips.

New service which began on September 3, 2014 includes:

• Peter Pan: Worcester, and Framingham to Boston (Copley Sq., Park Sq., State House, and South Station) commuter service. Morning inbound service will increase from two to three trips and evening return service will increase from one to two trips. The new service will run Monday – Friday.

Additional BusPlus services are added based on available funding, private operator consultation, and upon completion of a competitive application process. 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.

BusPlus is funded and overseen by MassDOT’s Rail & Transit Division. The BusPlus program includes partnerships with Peter Pan Bus Lines, Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company, DATTCO, The Coach Company, Bloom Bus Lines, Yankee Line, and Greyhound.

New buses include the latest advances in safety and equipped with fully outfitted restrooms, increased leg room, new comfortable seating, Wi-Fi, and 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.

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