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Peter Pan and the Picknelly family have had a long tradition of community service and philanthropic generosity dating back three generations.
Peter and Melissa are continuing that tradition by establishing the Peter and Melissa Picknelly Charitable Fund, supporting a wide range of causes ranging from shelters for battered women and the homeless … to the United Way, the arts and many other civic causes. Both the Peter and Melissa Picknelly Charitable Fund and the Peter Pan Group of Companies are committed to improving the communities they serve.
Springfield, MA –Peter Pan Bus Lines is pleased to announce a new daily express service between Hyannis, Boston, and Logan Airport starting on Monday, May 2nd 2016 operating from the Hyannis Transportation Center. The route will also service the Barnstable and Sagamore Park and Ride lots, offering free commuter parking. This is a great addition to our Cape Cod network of services.
With unpredictable gas prices and high city parking costs, Peter Pan is the most economical as well as environmentally-friendly alternative to driving personal automobiles. Bus transportation is the “greenest” form of travel, as the average bus can remove as many as 55 passenger cars from crowded highways, reducing carbon dioxide emissions as well as reducing stress.
Convenience and price are two major factors that a customer takes into account when planning their travel. Peter Pan passengers experience first class service with the comfort and convenience of on-board amenities such as free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and comfortable seating all with the ability to purchase tickets online at peterpanbus.com. Additional information on Cape Cod routes and pricing are available online at peterpanbus.com.
Newest One Million Mile Drivers Honored at Peter Pan Bus Lines “S.T.A.R.” Awards
April 5, 2016- (Springfield, Ma) Peter Pan Bus Lines honors the newest One Million Mile Drivers at the annual S.T.A.R. (Super Team Achievement & Recognition) Awards Dinner at the Sheraton Springfield Hotel, eight (8) motorcoach operators from the company’s divisions in Boston, MA, New York/New Jersey; Providence, RI; and Springfield, MA were saluted as Peter Pan’s newest One Million Mile Drivers.
The National Safety Council defines One Million Miles as the equivalent of twelve consecutive years of driving without an accident of any kind; or as paraphrased by Chairman and CEO, Peter Picknelly, “4.2 trips to the moon, and 40 times around the earth”…quite an impressive achievement!
Formally inducted into the elite “Million Mile Club” were Francis Fowler (Boston); Rudolph Greaves (New York); Richard Guptill (Boston); Vladimir Icitovic (Boston); Aniece Lembo (Providence); Walter Medianero (Springfield); Roberto Nieves (Springfield); and Cristian Villar (Washington D.C.)
A significant milestone in a professional driver’s career, Peter Pan Bus Lines is proud to have more one and two million mile drivers than any other company in the Northeast. In addition, we are the only bus company in the world to employ drivers who have driven three million miles without an accident. We invite you to travel with us and experience the difference of traveling with the safest drivers on the road today and have the opportunity to meet our one, two, and three million mile drivers.
Peter Pan Bus Lines is proud to be the official bus transportation provider for UCONN Women’s Basketball team. Congratulations on your fourth NCAA Women’s National Basketball Championship win!
Photo credit to UConn Women’s Hoops @UConnWBB
On Monday March 8th 2016 Peter Pan Bus Lines donated twelve buses to transport Law Enforcement Officers from all over the United States to the funeral services to Officer Ashley Gearing from Prince William County Police Department whose services were held in Western Massachusetts. Peter Pan Bus Lines is proud to support of Law Enforcement Officers and their families during this very difficult time.
Join us for a great dinner and an exciting concert! And leave the driving to us. For each of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s remaining concerts this season, we are preparing a special three-course, prix fixe menu at The Fort, followed by a Springfield Symphony Orchestra concert at Symphony Hall – with the BEST seats in the house. Just hop on a Peter Pan Coach in Longmeadow or Wilbraham and relax while we take care of the rest. Perfect for an evening out with family, friends, or that special someone. Seating is limited so make your reservations today. Call the SSO Box Office at 413-733-2291.
Saturday, March 12th
Stravinsky “The Firebird”
Saturday, April 9th
Beethoven & Brahms
Saturday, April 23rd
Blockbuster Movie Scores – Kevin Rhodes Conducts John Williams
Saturday, April 9th
Season Grand Finale
$80 per person
Includes dinner, show tickets and transportation
For reservations, call the BSO Box Office at (413) 733-2291.
Peter Pan Bus Lines is very pleased to offer new commuter service to Marlborough and Framingham under a contract with the Massachusetts DOT Bus Plus program. Weekday bus service operates from Marlborough at 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM, and makes stops in Boston at Copley Square, Park Square, State House, and South Station. The buses offer comfortable reclining seats, individual reading lights, and complementary Wi-Fi onboard. The City of Marlborough has been a great partner in launching the service, providing a bus loading area and free parking for commuters in their downtown garage.
The True Blue Thank You event held at the Springfield Elks Pavilion was a positive community gathering to thank Hampden County police officers. Sponsors NewsRadio 560 WHYN and Peter Pan Bus Lines threw the free BBQ for Hampden County police officers and Massachusetts State troopers. Many families and community members joined together to express their gratitude for these hardworking men and women.
All profits went to the Springfield Police’s upcoming Ride to Remember to raise money to support the Fallen Officer Memorial Fund in Boston. Peter Pan Bus Lines Chairman and CEO Peter Picknelly said “Supporting the True Blue event celebrates the impact that the police have in our communities, and is a way for us to say thanks.”
15-40 Connection has partnered with Peter Pan to empower New England commuters to recognize cancer symptoms and detect cancer earlier. The partnership in the form of a wrapped bus starts a new cancer conversation with commuters by asking the question, ‘would you recognize a cancer symptom?’ “This bus will drive through many communities and major cities. The early cancer detection message could be encountered during someone’s daily commute or while boarding the bus. That is important and could help save lives” said Peter Picknelly, Chairman & CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines.The bus features young adult cancer survivors who are sharing their stories to help others recognize cancer symptoms and why it is important to be an active member of your health care team.
BusinessWest has recognized Peter Pan Bus Lines Chairman & CEO, Peter Picknelly, along with his business partners of The Student Prince Restaurant in Springfield, MA as a 2015 Difference Maker. This program is a celebration of individuals, groups, organizations, and families that positively make a difference in the Pioneer Valley.
Picknelly is one of the new owners of The Student Prince restaurant which was quickly headed towards closing before he and fellow business partners joined together to save the local landmark. The restaurant like Peter Pan Bus Lines has been an important part of the Springfield community since the 1930’s.
I’m writing on behalf of the YWCA of Western Massachusetts Teen Parent Program. Please accept our sincere appreciation. The bus was filled with anticipation for the young mothers and their children. The event went off without a hitch – the driver was kind and thoughtful.
Dawn F. DiStefano
Director of Resource Development
Having been nominated by ETS Career Services of Springfield, MA, it is my pleasure to inform you that Peter Pan Bus Lines has been selected to receive HRU’s Employer of the Year Award.
Each year only one employer is selected from over 120 employers in the region, and your nomination reflected the characteristics most deserving of this award. Since 2010, your organization’s commitment to employing individuals with disabilities, the amount of opportunities that you provide, as well as the relationships you have built with our program, ETS Career Services, makes a difference in many lives and are the reasons why your organization is so deserving of this award.
Donald G Kozera
Peter Pan partnered with Cummins Northeast and Stop & Shop in the first “Stuff the Bus for Open Pantry” food drive in the Greater Springfield, MA area. Through the combined efforts of Cummins Northeast, Stop & Shop and Peter Pan, and especially the general public, the coach’s baggage compartments were fully stuffed with food by the end of the day! The food collected will go a very long way to help restock the bare shelves at the Springfield Open Pantry facility.
Despite torrential downpours last week, our Stuff the Bus delivery team didn’t let a little rain dampen their enthusiasm while delivering over 1,500 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to area school distribution centers in Springfield, Westfield and Holyoke. Thanks to all of you who donated these supplies, needy kids will be going back to school well-stocked with everything required for a successful academic year.
Thanks also to Jay, Erika, Joelle, Rebecca, Kirsten and Samantha for being such positive representatives for Peter Pan, and to Springfield Operator Dave Kollisch for his assistance in getting the backpacks loaded and delivered safely!
Peter Pan and HRU have a great working relationship. The Peter Pan management and employees have welcomed our workers into their community. They have taken the time to get to know each of the workers which has assisted in building relationships, increasing their self-confidence and has promoted their independence. They are very open to employing any of our members and have allowed for individuals with significant challenges to work in the bus terminal. They are responsive to our employees and members for any needs.
Peter Pan employs 4 members of ETS, five days a week. Peter Pan has promoted our partnership by speaking out in various media forms such as the newspaper and BusinessWest. All of the employees of Peter Pan, from management to the bus drivers, have developed relationships with our members. Peter Pan has included them in birthday parties, cookouts, and other social gatherings. Peter Pan continues to support all of the members so that they can do the best job possible.
Peter Pan Bus Company has been exemplary with regard to corporate social responsibility in Western MA. The Urban League of Springfield has certainly been a beneficiary of Peter Pan’s forth right and intentional practices to make this a better community for everyone.
We want Peter Pan to know that there is no way the Urban League could have had, and continue to have, the level of community impact with our services, without quality partnerships we enjoy with companies like Peter Pan. Peter Pan, for over 30 years, has been an unequivocally awesome partner with the Urban League.
On behalf of the Urban League we would like to thank Peter Pan for your loyalty, commitment, and generosity toward the Urban League of Springfield. We genuinely appreciate your support and look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come.
Henry M. Thomas III
We are so grateful for your team’s support and dedication through this event . The day was truly a celebration of friendship and reading, and we were so thrilled you could be a part of it. Your dispatchers and drivers were excellent in their communication.
We want to express our deepest gratitude for your donation to the Springfield Police Department “Ride to Remember Charity Bike Ride.”
With sincere gratitude,
School Supply Drive to Benefit Children in Agawam, Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, Westfield and West Springfield
United Way of Pioneer Valley and Peter Pan Bus Lines launched the fourth annual Stuff the Bus campaign this week. The campaign, co-chaired by Peter A. and Melissa Picknelly, will solicit donations for new school supplies to be distributed to children in Agawam, Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and West Springfield that are homeless.
“Many children in our community facing homelessness do not have the basic things they need to go back to school,” said Dora D. Robinson, president and CEO of United Way of Pioneer Valley. “And we are thrilled to partner with Peter Pan Bus Lines to make sure each child has the tools necessary to start the year ready to learn.”
“All of us at Peter Pan are pleased to participate in this important campaign … let’s make sure all of our children have the necessary supplies to besuccessful in school,” said Peter A. Picknelly, Chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines.
This year UWPV has already obtained brand new backpacks and will be collecting new supplies only. The Holyoke Mall will host almost all of this year’s collections. Individuals are encouraged to donate the following age-appropriate supplies. Financial contributions are also welcome and will be used to purchase additional backpacks and supplies as needed. Contributions may be made online on the Stuff the Bus link at www.uwpv.org.
Pens, Pencils, Crayons, Pencil Boxes, Glue Sticks, Pocket Folders, Highlighters, Notebooks, Reusable Water Bottles, Markers, Rulers, 3-Ring Binders, Lined Paper and Individual Tissue Packs.
The Holyoke Mall will accept donations throughout the month of July at the customer service desk.
For more information and for drop off locations as they become available, visit the Stuff the Bus page at www.uwpv.org, www.peterpanbus.com or call United Way of Pioneer Valley at (413) 737-2691. For a printable flyer with complete information, click here.