Concord Coach to continue routes into North Country

Monitor staff
Published: 5/17/2019 4:45:19 PM
Modified: 5/17/2019 4:45:05 PM

Bus routes throughout the North Country run by the Concord Coach company have gotten a new contract, including subsidies, from the state government.

“This is essential bus service to provide a route that otherwise wouldn’t get service because it doesn’t make economic sense,” said Ben Blunt, vice president of the Concord-based firm, which runs passenger bus service throughout New Hampshire and Maine, connecting to the Boston area.

The Executive Council unanimously approved a new two-year contract Wednesday. It calls for $686,599 over two years, paid for by a Federal Transportation Administration program to support rural transportation. It will allow the service to continue daily roundtrips between Berlin and North Conway, a daily roundtrip between Littleton and Boston, and a daily roundtrip between North Conway and Boston during the summer that is reduced to twice a week from Columbus Day to Memorial Day.

Blunt said the routes have seen “incremental growth” over the years.

Concord Coach operates Concord Express and Boston Express service with some four dozen buses, most with 51 seats. Buses running premium service to New York City have just 30 seats.

A private firm, Concord Coach doesn’t release ridership figures. Its presence in Concord is most noticeable for its Stickney Ave. terminal, which has hundreds of parking spaces and is visible from the highway.

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