Martz Group Return To Service
Martz Group plans to resume service on limited schedules for essential workers on May 11, according to Martz Group President Scott M. Henry. Affected schedules include Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Philadelphia, Delaware Water Gap, Mount Pocono, and Port Authority. Martz service from Wilkes-Barre and Scranton will only operate into Philadelphia and will not include service to New York.
“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. 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,” said John Henry, corporate safety director for Martz Group. “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.”
To protect customers and staff, Martz Group is implementing the following practices:
Mr. Scott Henry underscored the company’s dedication to customer safety. “Our highest priority is safety. To protect our customers and staff, we will implement measures that exceed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” he stated. “Hundreds of front-line workers rely on our service to bring them safely to and from jobs that cannot be done from home. We’re prepared to help them get back to work in a safe and responsible way.”
Martz Group has already received national attention for its early adoption and use of electrostatic disinfecting sprayers in their cleaning process. In addition, Martz Group has worked with Motor Coach Industries, the Des Plaines, IL-based manufacturer of its coach fleet, to develop an innovative, enhanced air filtration system that utilizes ultraviolet light to reduce viruses, bacteria and mold by up to 99.9% in the air and on the HVAC coil. This technology, which Martz plans to install on its buses, will also assist in building ridership confidence as service returns. “Martz has been a leader in motorcoach and transportation innovation for over a century,” Mr. Scott Henry said. “We’re excited to work with our friends at MCI to find innovative and creative solutions for our customers.”
MCI and its sister company, NFI Parts, collaborators on the added air filtration technology, are proud of their longstanding relationship with Martz, one of the leading operators in the motor coach and transportation industries. “Longtime partnerships and collaboration with companies like Martz helps keep MCI and our customers on the leading edge of developments and ensures motorcoach transportation remains among the safest modes of transportation,” said Brent Maitland, MCI vice president of marketing, product planning and pre-owned coaches.
Last week, Governor Tom Wolf announced plans to begin reopening Pennsylvania’s economy in a phased, regional approach. While it has not been announced when each region of the state will begin to reopen, Martz plans to resume limited service only for essential employees under its designation as an essential, life-sustaining business in both Pennsylvania and New York.
For customer service inquiries, please call 570-821-3838. No date has been set to resume leisure travel.
Social Distancing and Safety Measures to Resume Operations
The Martz Group, as a provider of essential transportation services in the transit industry, is considered a life sustaining business which is currently allowed to operate under Governor Wolf’s order. We voluntarily paused our service to help with the initial surge of cases expected in hospitals. We have taken this time to put in additional safety measures to safely resume operations.
Each coach goes through a thorough deep clean every night. In addition to our daily deep clean, each coach is being fogged and sanitized in-between every run after passengers exit.
Yes. We are following and incorporating the CDC guidelines for our service along with various other social distancing measures of our own. Here is a link to the CDC guidelines.
After a voluntary pause to our service, we have implemented additional safety measures to properly accommodate our passengers. We offer an essential service to thousands of individuals in our communities and feel it is our duty to begin serving them again in a safe and responsible manner.
We will not be taking temperature checks of customers and will require masks to be worn.
Yes. We are requiring our drivers and customers to wear a PPE mask or proper face covering.
Yes. We will have limited seating capacity.