Peter Pan Bus Lines

Peter Pan Bus Lines is an apportioned bus company headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts. It operates in the Northeastern region of the United States. As of Fall 2019, Peter Pan is known to schedule trips to Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. As many as four million passengers per year have traveled on Peter Pan's bus routes.

Peter Pan Bus Lines
A 2013 model MCI J4500, photographed in Silver Spring, Maryland.
SloganConnecting People & Places...for over 75 years
ParentPicknelly family
HeadquartersUnion Station
1 Peter Pan Way
Suite 300
Springfield, MA 01103[1]
LocaleNortheastern United States
Service areaSouthern New England and Mid Atlantic
Service type
FleetMCI-J4500, MCI D4505
Chief executivePeter A. Picknelly

Routes & History

The company was founded as Yellow Cab Air Line in Springfield, where the company remains based, and was purchased by Peter Carmen Picknelly in 1933. The Picknelly family has since owned the company. The company logo is based on an illustration by Roy Best. Each bus, in addition to a number, is also given a name based on the Peter Pan stories.

Peter Pan Bus Lines was affiliated with Trailways beginning in the 1990s, but ended that affiliation in 2005. In 1999, an alliance was formed with Greyhound Lines, coordinating schedules, marketing, and ticket sales. In August 2017, it was announced that this partnership would end effective September 27, 2017.[2]

Peter Pan's major service areas include: Boston; Providence; Springfield; Hartford; New York City; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Washington DC and points in between. The operation south of New York City (other than Atlantic City casino service) began with an expansion in the early 1990s (after which the company joined the Trailways network). Schedules for 1994 showed an additional expansion to Norfolk, Virginia and Ocean City, Maryland via the Delmarva Peninsula, in a pool service agreement in conjunction with Carolina Trailways. The agreement ended upon the purchase of Carolina Trailways by competitor Greyhound Lines in 1997.

Peter Pan's fleet consists mostly of buses manufactured by Motor Coach Industries. In December 2002, Peter Pan purchased Coach USA's Northeastern division companies, namely Arrow Line, Mini Coach of Boston, Maine Line, Pawtuxet Valley, and the Providence-based Bonanza in 2003 with 255 vehicles.[3][4] Maine Line and Pawtuxet Valley were later divested.[5]

Future Plans


Further reading

  • Maniscalchi, Denna (2000). Driving Vision: The Story of Peter Pan Bus Lines. Peter Pan Bus Lines. ISBN 9780967949307.
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