As more and more businesses re-open, and employers and employees grapple with the issue of transportation to and from their offices, the new CEO of Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company says that their company has received significant interest in their proposed “Business Class” service for commuters as they prepare to have their buses roll a little later this year.
Win Sargent, CEO of Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company, said that several large Boston employers have over a number of meetings liked the concept of having a dedicated bus line for their employees for traveling to and from the office. This is an idea that Sargent and his team has been working on, following a survey of passengers and commuters on their transportation preferences. The company has additionally been in talks with municipal and transportation officials as everyone prepares for the expected increase in commuting, resulting from the transition away from the temporary “work at home” model. Initial feedback from the P&B online survey indicates a level of apprehension on the part of commuters who rely upon public transportation.
One recent survey expressed a high level of anxiety with concerns about social distancing, among others.
Sargent said that the safety measures that Plymouth & Brockton has done will offer riders a convenient alternative. “For many, the prospect of commuting with their own vehicle is unsustainable, because of the highway traffic and the $40 per day garage fees in Boston.” He said, “Many more may be hesitant to ride on the MBTA because of crowded conditions.”
The Plymouth & Brockton Business Class service will allocate several of its brand new motorcoaches for exclusive use by a single large employer or several smaller employers who band together. These companies will have their employees transported to and from their places of employment in a new, state-of-the-art, clean, safe motorcoach.
The Business Class plan is based on the Transit Management Association (TMA) model. A TMA is an organized group which applies carefully selected approaches to facilitating the movement of people and goods within an area. Businesses can pool their resources to support commuter transportation.
The new service will include health and safety feature including:
- All passengers will be required to wear face masks before boarding.
- There will be hand sanitizer at bus stairwell.
- Separation of passengers at reduced seating levels – no crowding.
- In addition to a thorough cleaning of the fleet, they will disinfect the interior of each motor coach before and after each use.
- Using approved disinfectants and electro-static sprayer for maximum effectiveness
- The new fleet of MCI motor coaches come with all of the newest features, including anti-microbial filters in our HVAC system that removes respiratory droplets and killing pathogens on contact
- Direct Service to your company doorstep
- Drivers, maintenance personnel, and staff have always been trained in best practices including Health and Safety
Any businesses interested in learning more about Business Class or to potentially set up such a route are encouraged to contact Win Sargent at (781) 820-3798.
View the full press release here.