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NYC-bound buses will roll from Newton, Cambridge

Posted by Sarah Thomas  October 19, 2010 03:03 PM

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It’s about to get easier to take the bus to New York City. Starting next week, World Wide Bus will offer routes from Newton and Cambridge to the Big Apple.

"We're very excited to be here," Eric Brodie, spokesman for World Wide Bus, said at a ceremony in Newton this morning attended by Mayor Setti Warren and officials from the MBTA and MassDOT. "We're in the business of providing quick, safe, and courteous service, and we'd like to thank the MBTA and Newton for their help."

The company has launched a website, worldwidebus.com, and is offering fares to New York for $10 one-way through Nov. 18. Buses pick up from Riverside Station in Newton and Alewife in Cambridge, and drop off near Penn Station in New York. The trip takes approximately four hours and features free wi-fi. After Nov. 18, fares will be $15 one-way on weekdays and $20 on weekends.

"So far, we've had tremendous response from interested passengers," Brodie said. "This will be a time-saving, green alternative for travelers from the north and west of Boston."

In his remarks, Warren touted the plan as emblematic of the future of public transportation.

"My administration is committed to intermodal transportation that promotes smart growth," Warren said. "This is a great example of a partnership between the public and private sectors that adds up to a win-win for the city."

Also in attendance were World Wide Bus president Michael Shub, MassDOT deputy rain and transit administrator John Englert, and MBTA assistant general manager for development Mark Boyle.

"We'd like to thank the mayor and the city for being so welcoming, and to welcome World Wide Bus to Riverside," Boyle said.

Sarah Thomas can be reached at sarah.m.thomas@gmail.com.

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