McCarthy Bus



All of our employees are subject to CORI, criminal background checks and pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing. All drivers must have required drivers' licenses and certifications to operate company vehicles. Drivers are also required to attend monthly safety and training meetings for driver's license renewal. We offer a full training program for new drivers, taught by our staff of licensed trainers.

Our facilities include onsite vehicle maintenance by our certified mechanic staff; onsite fueling operations; direct driver and office communications for emergencies and dispatching requirements; and computerized systems for business controls.

We will provide performance bonds upon request.


History of McCarthy Bus

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"McCarthy Bus" is how the phones have been answered here for decades. In fact, the same phone number used in the 1970's is still in use.

John got his start in the mid-1980's working for his father's school bus company, Robert L. McCarthy & Son, Inc. John's first job was sweeping buses and washing vans for $2.35 per hour.

Robert's bus company dated back to 1956 when he bought three buses from his brother George McCarthy. Robert operated a handful of buses through the late 1960's in Brookfield, West Brookfield and New Braintree. Later, Robert built his business to include all of Spencer and Leicester during the 1970's. The 80's expansion included Rutland and Paxton, the 90's brought Quabbin, Wachusett, Nashoba and Southbridge routes of both regular and special education transportation. During the 1990's John began his full time career as a contract manager working closely with his father. Many of his family members also worked alongside Robert as drivers, trainers and office help.

As 1999 came to a close, Robert sold his company to New York based Atlantic Express (AE) (Click here for the acquisition press release). Sadly, Robert passed away later in 2000 and John stayed on to manage the companies 200 plus routes. In 2001, John accepted an offer to manage all of AE's Massachusetts contracts, a total of nearly a thousand buses from Saugus to Lowell to Brockton and all of the former Robert L. McCarthy contracts.

Over the next 13 years AE's operation grew. However, financial difficulties plagued the national carrier and in late 2013 it became apparent the company would close its doors for good.

"Adversity Brings Opportunity"

J.P. McCarthy & Sons, LLC was established in the last week of December, 2013. Owner John McCarthy bid on and received the Quabbin Regional School District contract. Tantasqua, Quaboag and the town of Palmer "late run" assigned their contracts to John for the January re-start of school 2014. (Click here for the newspaper article)

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In February 2014, we were awarded the contract for all transportation in the town of Palmer. For September of 2014, the company will operate nearly 75 vehicles.

J.P. McCarthy & Sons is committed to operating a quality, small business that is family owned and operated. The focus is on quality, not quantity. John McCarthy wants to know that each employee and customer is treated like family.

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