Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company (www.p-b.com), a family-owned and operated transportation company that has served the region for more than 125 years, today announced plans to launch a new route for commuters and travelers that will run between Plymouth, MA and Providence, RI, starting July 14.
Christopher Anzuoni, Plymouth & Brockton (P&B) Vice President, said that the route has been in the planning phase for nearly a year. During this time, they have been in contact with a number of state and local authorities as they finalized their plans for the new East-West route. As part of the launch, P&B has placed in service a new Commuter Coach, provided through BusPlus+, funded by a Federal Transit Administration grant that is overseen by MassDOT’s Rail and Transit Division.
The route will run daily, with the first bus leaving Plymouth’s Memorial Hall at 9 a.m. and arriving in Providence at 10:30. The route begins at Memorial Hall, and stops at Park & Ride at Exit 5, Plymouth, near the Information Center. From there the route stops at the Leona Drive Rotary/Campanelli Business Park, Middleboro. The next stop is the Park & Ride at the Galleria Mall, Taunton; then to Somerset, where the stop is at the Park & Ride at the Slades Ferry Avenue; and arriving at Kennedy Plaza in Providence.
A return bus leaves Providence at 11 a.m. and arrives in Plymouth at 12:30 p.m. A second round-trip leaves Plymouth at 4 p.m. and arrives in Providence at 5:30 p.m., and the return trip leaves Providence at 6:30 p.m., arriving in Plymouth at 8 p.m.
Fares for one-way travel from Plymouth to Providence are $16; for round-trip, $29. P&B will also offer commuter booklets. As the route gets underway, tickets can be purchased directly from the driver as the bus makes its stops. Other fares from Plymouth to Middleboro, $6 one way; to Taunton, $9 and to Somerset, $12. Round trip, to Middleboro, $11; Taunton, $16; and Somerset, $22.
Anzuoni noted that the East-West link will offer travelers other distinct advantages, in that at Providence there are connecting bus routes and AMTRAK for those who wish to go on to New York. He anticipates that there will be extended interest in the ride from Providence to Plymouth also, as Plymouth is a tourist destination during the summer.
“As Route 44 becomes more heavily traveled, we have long believed that bus transportation can help people who travel that corridor on a regular or occasional basis,” he said, adding, “We have developed a route that we believe hits the major areas between Plymouth and Providence and look forward to serving the public with this new route.”
Travelers will enjoy the comfort of a new MotorCoach Industries (MCI) bus, a state-of-the-art vehicle designed with greater legroom, state-of-the-art restrooms, Wi-Fi and 110 volt outlets for passenger convenience. The MCI model is designed for highway speeds, featuring a touring-level interior and wheelchair accessibility. The coaches offer ergonomically designed Kiel seats, and will accommodate 51 passengers for increased commuter comfort.
About Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company
Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company is a privately-owned family business that has been a leader in transportation since its founding in 1888. First named The Plymouth & Kingston Street Railway, in 1928 the electric trolleys ceased operation and were replaced by Mack buses. Today, Plymouth & Brockton operates an extensive commuter service to Boston, including frequent trips to and from Logan Airport, as well as transportation service from Plymouth to the Cape and to Boston. Additionally, Plymouth & Brockton operates the PAL and SAIL local transit services for GATRA. Plymouth & Brockton has more than 100 employees, and a fleet of modern motorcoaches, transit vehicles and trolleys, with terminal facilities in Hyannis and South Station, as well as company headquarters at 8 Industrial Park Road, Plymouth, MA. Regular stops include the Hyannis Transportation Center, Kingsbury Plaza in Kingston, and Park and Ride locations in Barnstable, Sagamore, Plymouth, Rockland; and in downtown Boston, the South Station Transportation Center, Park Square (200 Stuart Street), and Logan International Airport. P&B also offers scheduled transportation to the Outer Cape, with additional trips from Hyannis to the Park and Ride at Harwich, CVS in Orleans, Town Hall in Eastham, Cape Cod National Seashore in South Wellfleet, Bank and Commercial Street in Wellfleet, the Post Office in Truro, Dutra’s Store in North Truro, and the Chamber of Commerce in Provincetown. Motorcoaches and trolleys are also available for charter. For additional information, please visit www.p-b.com or call 508-746-0378.