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Bus Plus LogoMassDOT 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.

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.

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