WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Martz Trailways buses will soon be resuming limited service to New York City as well as Philadelphia from the Poconos.
That’s the word today from company officials. Eyewitness News was first to tell you about the developments just after 11 this morning.
Those trips were halted in late March because of COVID-19 concerns with New York City remaining a coronavirus hot zone.
That service resumes on May 11th—one week from today. Martz officials tell Eyewitness News they are gearing that service to people who live in our region, specifically the Poconos, and drive into New York City or Philadelphia every day to work—essential workers.
“It will be intended only for our essential workers who are commuting into the city every day,” said Scott Henry, President of the Martz Group.
And Henry is emphasizing that point…
“Our service is not intended for leisure travel right now but our commuters can access tickets on the website.”
Martz voluntarily ended service to New York City and Philadelphia on March 27th because of COVID-19 concerns…
“We’ve been in close touch with our customers since we stopped service and many of them are essential workers who have had to drive themselves into New York,” said Henry.
And the ride will not be what passengers are used to—all in the name of COVID-19 safety.
“We are going to be limiting our capacity on our coaches to allow for physical distance as recommended by the CDC. We are requiring all of our customers to wear face masks while on the coach and practice physical distancing while at our terminals and on the coach,” said Henry.
Plus, the buses will be cleaned before and after the trips, starting on May 11th. However, passengers in Wilkes-Barre can only get a Martz bus to Philadelphia. The reason, Martz says; The majority of the essential workers who commute to New York live in Monroe and Pike counties. We talked with people near the now-closed Martz terminal at the intermodal center about the resumption of service… we found mixed opinions.
“I don’t know if they should do that right away… they are going to do what they got to do. New York should cut it for another two months.” said Joe Anello of Wilkes-Barre.
“A lot of people are losing work and without work you can’t do anything without work. You know you need work to do anything you need work to survive,” said Demone Whitly of New York.
We also show you what it will be like to ride a Martz bus.
The updated schedule can be found on their website by Clicking Here.