Gov. Baker requests help from Peter Pan Bus Lines CEO

Picknelly said he's prepared to send 35 more buses on Friday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Boston continues to dig out from the record breaking snowfall. More than 68 inches of snow in 17 days has caused some major issues for the public transportation system, MBTA.

They cannot operate certain red line trains because of all the snow and ice covering the tracks; so two dozen Peter Pan buses have been sent to shuttle commuters from the JFK stop to Braintree.

22News spoke with Peter Pan Bus Lines CEO Peter Picknelly. He’s prepared to send 35 more buses on Friday, and 50 for the weekend if necessary. He said, “All of our services are still running. These are our spare drivers that we deployed from other locations that are supplementing our fleet.”

Picknelly said he got a text message from Governor Charlie Baker Thursday morning, asking for help; “He told me that there was a crisis in Boston, you know, can we help out by providing some buses. We are pleased to do so. We’ve been coordinating services ever since.”

Peter Pan’s regular services are running as normal during this time. “This is a busy time for us because you know it’s President’s Day weekend. So we deployed drivers. We have a division in Boston. We’ve got drivers from Springfield and from our Connecticut division as well,” Picknelly said.

Peter Pan has a contract with the state of Massachusetts and Connecticut to help out in emergencies.

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