Bendy-Buses Debut at UMass Amherst


WHEN:          Thursday, Sept. 5 – 2 p.m.

WHERE:       Haigis Mall, UMass Amherst

WHAT:          New PVTA Articulated Buses

They are properly called articulated buses, not “bendy-buses,” but they are quite a sight as they snake along the No. 30 bus route from North Amherst to Belchertown – all of 60-feet long with a capacity of about 120 passengers.

Regular trips begin Thursday, Sept. 5 with a ceremony at Haigis Mall at 2 p.m., to be attended by campus and local community officials.

The buses, two of four being launched in the area by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority with a federal grant, look like two buses joined together by a pivot.

“It really feels like riding a train,” notes UMass Amherst Transportation Services operations director Glenn Barrington. Barrington said that transportation services drivers have scrambled to undergo the certification course to drive the new buses.

“It’s a quick learning curve,” said Barrington.