Martz Trailways resuming service to New York City, essential workers only

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Martz Trailways is resuming its bus service into New York City beginning May 11.

The service will be on a limited schedule for passengers that are essential workers only.

“As Pennsylvania and surrounding states begin to reopen, we will be taking a thoughtful and measured approach to proudly begin transporting essential workers to and from their places of business,” John Henry, corporate safety director for the Martz Group, said in a statement. “Our long-time, loyal customers have trusted us with their commute for years, and we’re pleased to announce that we will resume this service for our valued friends and neighbors in a safe and responsible way. During our voluntary pause in service, we devoted our efforts to increased safety measures for our customers and staff. We welcome the privilege of helping people in our community return to a sense of normalcy.”

Martz Group, a family owned company, is based in Wilkes-Barre and operates Martz Trailways.

It is estimated about 1,500 passengers a day take the bus to New York City from the Poconos.

In addition, they offer commuter services to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan from Scranton, Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre, Blakeslee, and Panther Valley, New Jersey, along with bus lines to Philadelphia and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In lieu of the pandemic, and to protect its staff and passengers, Martz Group will implement safety procedures such as sanitizing buses with a fog machine and will provide riders and drivers with hand sanitizer.

Only 14 passengers or less are allowed to travel per line and physical distancing is required while riding the bus. Seating with be staggered throughout the coach, according to a company statement. Drivers and passengers must also wear protective masks.

The bus company temporarily suspended service on March 27.

For more info, go to Martztrailways.com

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