Concord Coach Lines buses to resume runs Aug. 16, with COVID-related limits

  • Two Concord Coach buses get ready to board passengers at the Stickney Avenue station on April 11, 2018. Monitor file

Monitor staff
Published: 8/5/2020 1:00:25 AM

Concord Coach’s three bus lines will begin running later this month after being shut since March 27 because of the pandemic.

Concord Coach Lines and Boston Express will resume operations Aug. 16 with runs to and from Boston and Logan Airport from locations in New Hampshire and Maine. Dartmouth Coach will run reduced service to and from New York City on Fridays and Sundays, but Concord Coach has not resumed its New York City service.

“We are back in operation because we believe we can do so safely,” said Benjamin Blunt, vice president of Concord Coach Lines.

The most obvious changes will be seen inside the coaches.

“We’ve installed plexiglass shields around every headrest, will run at a reduced capacity, installed upgraded air filtration in our terminals and on our buses, and have instituted a wide variety of new cleaning protocols,” said Blunt.

Masks must be worn by all passengers and drivers.

Other safety steps include scanned “contactless” ticketing, plexiglass partitions at ticketing counters and bus gates, and such things as hand sanitizer, electrostatic foggers to clean buses daily and temperature checks for employees.

“As with every other business, we have had to engineer our reopening toward operating safely, while providing a service that hundreds of thousands of people depend on each year,” said Blunt.

Concord Coach Lines dates back to 1967 and has some four dozen buses. Its inter-city service in the North Country is supplemented by federal rural-transportation funds.


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