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Hop on the Bus to Boston

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
September 9, 2009

Durham and Boston have never been closer.

C&J bus service has added a new stop at UNH that allows passengers to travel on weekends non-stop from the Dairy Bar, UNH’s transit station, to Logan Airport and downtown Boston.

The reservation-only service makes four runs daily Friday, Saturday and Sunday while school is in session. Trips will be added during holidays and spring break.

“This is exactly why we renovated the transit station,” says Steve Pesci, special projects director for Campus Planning. “We wanted it to provide inter-city bus and rail between Durham and the New England region.”

C&J’s new service began Sept. 4 as students moved back to campus. To purchase tickets or check out fares, go to http://www.ridecj.com/schedules.html. Introductory one-way fares are just $7 and $9.

Coinciding with the new service is the addition of a second ticket machine at the Dairy Bar. The Quik-Trak machine, used during the summer at Old Orchard Beach, Maine, will be installed at the Dairy Bar next week.

“During peak hours, we can have 20 to 30 people waiting in line to buy tickets,” Pesci says. “This relationship with Old Orchard Beach works well for both of us.”

The second ticket machine, which will help move people through the lines more efficiently, was requested by students and is provided by Amtrak and Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority with local support from UNH Transportation Services and the students transportation fee.

Riders can catch the Amtrak Downeaster to Portland, Boston, or points in between just outside the Dairy Bar’s back door.

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