Greyhound to resurrect service from Brattleboro to Boston
BRATTLEBORO -- The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), in coordination with Greyhound Lines, Inc., recently announced soon-to-come regional transportation services that will include bus rides out of two Windham County towns.
As part of the new BusPlus program, aimed at increasing the intercity and commuter transportation options available across New England, Greyhound will bring back its nonstop route from Brattleboro to Boston two days a week and will use grant money to continue using Bellows Falls as a stop on a route between Springfield, Mass., and White River Junction.
BusPlus is a public/private partnership in which MassDOT provides new regional buses to private, for-profit bus companies. In return, the companies must deliver regional services improvements and are 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. According to Gary Fox, the managing director of Destination Bellows Falls, Greyhound expects to start its nonstop Brattleboro-to-Boston trips on Friday and said the company will run the service on Fridays and Sundays. Similar services will be provided between the Massachusetts capital and Keene and Nashua, N.H. Fox also said Greyhound will utilize a rural public transportation grant to subsidize the trips between Springfield, Mass., and White River Junction. The bus stops in Bellows Falls, Keene, N.H., Brattleboro, and Greenfield and Northampton, Mass.
Fox said Vermont sent the bus service out to bid this spring and it was awarded to Greyhound.
"It will provide better connecting service to other parts of the country, making it easier to get to and from," he said, adding that Springfield and Boston house larger Greyhound terminals with buses that go to places such as New York City and Montreal.
Fox said the services are the result of a feasibility study by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and the Monadnock Region Transportation Management Association (MRTMA). He said Destination Bellows Falls operates the village's Greyhound terminal, which allows for same-day freight connections.
MassDOT Transit Division Administrator and MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott said in a statement that her agency is following through in a promise to increase service in Massachusetts and across New England. In the same official statement, Myron Watkins, vice president of customer experience, Greyhound Lines, Inc., said the company is excited to work with MassDOT.
"This new service offers customers a stress-free commute with daily round-trip schedules and allows them to take advantage of premium amenities, including reclining leather seats, extra legroom, free Wi-Fi and power outlets," he said. "Commuters can sit back and relax or get a little extra work done and put their travel time to productive use."
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