WEYMOUTH and ROCKLAND, MA, - A recent joint meeting of the South Shore Chamber’s Board of Directors and the South Shore Economic Development Corporation took place at (or, more accurately, “on”) an interesting venue: a brand new state of the art motorcoach, soon to be part of the upgraded fleet of Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company.
Typically, the joint meetings are held in board rooms at different member locations; this one took a different turn.
Plymouth & Brockton CEO Win Sargent, President John Cogliano and CFO Paul Fuerst met with the business leaders to update them on the new plans for P&B, and show the group firsthand what the upgrades will look like for commuters and for charter bus riders.
Transportation in and around Boston is of great importance to both the Chamber and SSEDC, as these organizations are committed to the expansion of housing and industry in the market south of Boston and commuter traffic is seen as one of the biggest challenges in the area.
The new owners of the 131-year old Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company (www.p-b.com) provided group with the chance to conduct their meeting during a bus ride between South Shore Bank in Weymouth and the Hingham Town Hall, and then back.
Sargent and Cogliano told the group that each bus can remove 55 vehicles from the highway; and they see their investment as increasing the likelihood that more people will turn to this form of transportation.
The owners are investing more than $14 million to bring on new buses for the fleet, plus some significant upgrades in the company’s technology. In all, P&B will bring on 27 new buses, which will include six motorcoaches, at a cost of approximately $14 million. Sargent said the new fleet should be operational by late spring 2020.
Peter Forman, South Shore Chamber of Commerce CEO, said, “It was great to see the new motorcoach in action. I believe most of our members were impressed with the quality of the coach and the ride; and we are all very interested in ways to help alleviate the traffic congestion on our highways.”
About Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company
Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company and its sister companies, Brush Hill Transportation and McGInn Bus Company is now under the ownership of Winthrop Sargent, John Cogliano and Paul Fuerst. The three businessmen purchased the company in July 2019 from the Anzuoni family of Plymouth.
The Anzuoni family purchased Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company in 1948, two decades after P&B had converted from rail to bus transportation. Under their ownership, the company grew to provide expanded transportation service to and from Cape Cod and across the South Shore, express service to Logan Airport and the re-introduction of trolley service in Plymouth.
In the years following the purchase of P&B, the family acquired the Brush Hill Transportation Company of Boston, McGinn Bus Company of Lynn and the North Shore Bus Company of Revere. The family was honored by transportation industry publication Metro Magazine in 1987 as having the 27th largest family owned bus company in the nation. The company traces its roots to 1888, when it was 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. Plymouth & Brockton has more than 100 employees, and a fleet of 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. Motorcoaches and trolleys are also available for charter. For additional information, please visit www.p-b.com or call 508-746-0378.