Peter Pan Bus Lines

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Peter Pan Bus Lines
Peter Pan Bus Lines.svg
Peter Pan Bus Lines 2013 MCI J4500.jpg
A 2013 model MCI J4500, photographed in Silver Spring, Maryland.
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

Peter Pan Bus Lines is an apportioned bus company headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts. The main service area includes 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.[citation needed]

Routes & History[edit]

Peter Pan/Trailways livery, 2003; the two companies would maintain a partnership from the early 1990s through 2005.[2]

The company was founded by Peter Carmine Picknelly in 1933. It has remained in the hands of the Picknelly family ever since, passing to son Peter L. in 1964 and grandson Peter A. in 2004.[3]

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. Peter Pan and Greyhound had been bitter rivals for most of the 1990s, when Peter Pan expanded outside its New England heartland to serve New York City, Washington, D. C., Philadelphia and Baltimore. In August 2017, it was announced that this partnership would end effective September 27, 2017.[4][3]

Peter Pan's major service areas include: Boston; Providence; Springfield; Hartford; New York City; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Washington and points in between. The operation south of New York City (other than Atlantic City casino service) began with the acquisition of Trailways New England in 1985.[3]

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.[citation needed]

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.[5][6] Maine Line and Pawtuxet Valley were later divested.[7]


  1. ^ Goonan, Peter (January 30, 2019) [August 21, 2018]. "Springfield names Union Station bus entrance Peter Pan Way in honor of local company". Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  2. ^ "Peter Pan Bus Lines". CheckMyBus. Archived from the original on January 6, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Our Story".
  4. ^ Vaccaro, Adam (29 August 2017). "Greyhound, Peter Pan will split up and be rivals again". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  5. ^ Coach USA sell-offs keep strategy on track On Stage issue 51 July 2003 page 4
  6. ^ "Peter Pan Bus Lines Trust—Purchase and Acquisition of Control—Arrow Line Acquisition, LLC, Bonanza Acquisition, LLC, Maine Line, LLC, Pawtuxet Valley, LLC, Peter Pan Boston, LLC, and Peter Pan Bus Lines, Inc".
  7. ^ "Cyr Bus Lines acquires charter, tour company".

Further reading[edit]

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

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