MassDOT in coordination with Greyhound Lines, Inc., today announced new regional transportation services beginning in early March 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. The Greyhound service includes:
• Greyhound: Boston, Nashua, Keene, and Brattleboro – new route, one round-trip on Friday and Sunday, expected to begin March 7th.
• Greyhound: Continued daily service along the following route: Springfield, Northampton, Greenfield, Brattleboro, VT, Keene, NH, Bellows Falls, VT, and White River Junction, VT.
The Vermont service is being continued in conjunction with an operating subsidy by the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
Additional new BusPlus services involving several other bus companies serving other communities are also expected to begin in early 2014. The regional service improvements include creation of new routes, addition of stops to existing routes, extension of existing routes, and increased route frequency.
The initial BusPlus regional bus purchase is providing new buses to carriers 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.
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