BOSTON - In 2003, a luxury bus line named LimoLiner entered into the world and it promised luxury rides between cities like Boston, Framingham, and New York. Complete with free Wi-Fi, radio, and television access, as well as ride attendants, food, and seats that have the ability to recline. LimoLiner seemed to share more in common with a flight than it did with any buses that typically cross state lines.
Sadly, on New Year's Eve, LimoLiner officially announced that they were ending the service they'd provided for over a decade and a half, as shared by The Boston Globe. In a statement on their Facebook page, they wrote, "Regrettably, Limoliner has reached the end of the line and is closing down December 31st due to financial reasons. We thank all of our loyal customers and our dedicated staff. Happy New Year to all."
It certainly provided top of the line bus amenities to local travelers in the northeast region, but the tickets, which came in just under ninety dollars per passenger, were likely far too steep for many to afford. If you're looking for a four-hour ride, you might not necessarily be inclined to spend more money. And anyone who could travel in luxury was likely taking to the skies instead. Still, it is sad to see the Stoughton company shutter its doors at the end of 2019.
For anyone who is still looking for decent bus rides between cities in Massachusetts and New York City, there are still options. Sure, they will not be the luxury type rides that you could have gotten from LimoLiner, which is about as good as a city to city bus ride can get. But they still have merit. For example, Peter Pan and Greyhound buses have a solid set of amenities and are pretty decently affordable. Additionally, the OurBus service has also made the journey to New York extremely quick and affordable. I've used them before and would definitely recommend the connections they provide to The Coach Company.
There are still plenty of buses to use, but we should all conduct a moment of silence for LimoLiner. Regardless of the options, this closure marks the reduction by one.
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