The new owners of Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company (www.p-b.com), are committed to investing more than $14 million to bring on new buses for the fleet, plus significant upgrades in the company’s technology.
This independent, transportation business which has served the South Shore, Cape Cod, and Greater Boston area since 1888, changed ownership this past year. Pembroke, MA entrepreneur Winthrop Sargent partnered with John Cogliano of Foxboro and Paul Fuerst of Mansfield to successfully complete the transaction which transferred ownership to the trio from the Anzuoni family, which had owned and operated the company for more than 70 years.
Sargent said that he and his partners are implementing a number of improvements, including modernizing the fleet of buses and other vehicles, upgrades to the technology both on the vehicles and throughout the company, expanding bus service, and, in general, a look at how the companies together can further improve service to the region. The new coaches will contain anti-collision technology, along with upgraded wifi and a number of amenities which will be significant upgrades from the current fleet.
As the first part of the upgrade, over the next six months, six new luxury motor coaches to be deployed as part of the Brush Hill fleet. Additionally, they will add twenty-one new buses across the three bus companies. In all, the investment in the new vehicles will top $14 million.
The new owners have one of the new coaches garaged at Brush Hill and will plan a series of events to introduce the new vehicles and upgrades to the public.
“We view P&B, as well as Brush Hill and McGinn, as a real asset to our infrastructure and as having tremendous potential to help reduce the frustration that commuters feel because of gridlock.” Sargent said, “We all know that there is a tremendous need for transportation alternatives in and around Boston. We know that when we fill every seat on a bus that takes up to 55 vehicles off the road. It is good for traffic and good for the environment “