Visitors enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn wagon at the Festival of Trees & Snow Village in Wellesley.

Boston has an abundance of museums and activities that can be explored in fall and winter. Here is a list of some of our favorite destinations in the city and beyond. A&A Metro will help you plan your excursion for your group and work out the details for your groups particular needs.

Basketball Hall of Fame
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is home to more than three hundred inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Located in Springfield, MA, hundreds of the museums interactive exhibits share the spotlight with skills challenges, live clinics, and shooting contests.  Website

Foxwoods
Spend a day at either Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun. Try your luck at the slot machines, poker tables, keno, spin the wheel and other games of chance. There are ample opportunities to enjoy a quick meal or a quiet lunch. There are boutiques and gift shops for you to browse in when you need to pause from your gaming experience.  Foxwoods  MoheganSun

Honey Pot Hill Orchards
Honey Pot Hill Orchards, has been a family owned and operated farm since 1926. We are committed to creating a fun family-friendly atmosphere and providing a variety of orchard treats and activities! Located in Stow, MA our 180-acre farm offers bountiful fruit available to pick-yourself or purchase at our farm store.  Website

Isabella Steward Gardner Museum
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is at once an intimate collection of fine and decorative art and a vibrant, innovative venue for contemporary artists, musicians and scholars. The galleries house works by some of the most recognized artists in the world and the spirit of the architecture, the personal character of the arrangements and the artistic display of the enchanting courtyard in full bloom all create an atmosphere that distinguishes the Isabella. Stewart Gardner Museum as an intimate and culturally-rich treasure.  Website

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Located on a ten-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F. Kennedy. Come tour the Museum which portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President.  Website

John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum
John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum is a multimedia exhibit designed to open a window on the days JFK spent on Cape Cod. The Museum’s exhibits features videos and photographs spanning the years 1934 to 1963 and is arranged in thematic groupings to reflect John F. Kennedy, his family, his friends and the Cape Cod he so dearly loved.  Website

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees, displayed in the Hunnewell Building, offers beautifully decorated holiday trees that are donated and decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and individuals. Visitors “vote” with their raffle tickets, in hopes of being the tree winner at the end of the festival. Visitors can also enjoy the decorated buildings and grounds at The Gardens at Elm Bank with a stroll or a horse-drawn wagon ride. For the young at heart, there are Santa Visits and other activities. Website

MIT Museum
Explore the MIT Museum your way. Choose a Self-guided Gallery Visit, where students and adults of all ages can examine high-tech objects, intriguing robots, amazing holograms, and ingenious kinetic sculptures. Or book a Guided Gallery Tour with a museum educator and tailor the experience to your group’s interests.  Website

Museum of Science
Long respected as a leader in science education, the Museum of Science promotes thoughtful participation in today’s increasingly technological society. With over 700 permanent exhibits and ever-changing temporary exhibits, films, and shows, groups can encounter the fresh and unfamiliar, ask questions, and actively address the provocative issues raised by innovations in science and technology.  Website

New Bedford Whaling Museum
Discover the underwater world of whales, the dramatic story of whaling and its impact, and the maritime history of Southcoast Massachusetts at the New Bedford Whaling Museum – located in the heart of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.  Website

Newport Playhouse
The Newport Playhouse was established in 1983 and has been a favorite with locals and tourists ever since they first opened their doors. Their dinner theatre is unique…enjoy a great buffet–a wonderful play and a fun-filled cabaret. Their extensive, hearty buffet does not skimp on quality or selection. Website

Norman Rockwell Museum
The Norman Rockwell Museum houses the world’s largest and most significant collection of Rockwell art. The Museum presents, preserves and studies the art of illustration and is a world resource for reflection, involvement and discovery inspired by Norman Rockwell and the power of visual images to shape and reflect society.  Website

Peabody Essex Museum
There are many reasons to come to PEM. Whether it be looking at a work of art with someone special by your side or sitting in the light-filled Atrium, watching the expression on a child’s face as she makes a collage — each experience is worth the trip. PEM is the place to come for enjoyment, enrichment, sharing with family and friends, and creative stimulation.  Website

Salem Haunted Happenings
Salem Haunted Happenings Celebration is truly unique since Salem is the Halloween capital of the world. Have a “spooktacular” October by visiting Salem and taking advantages of the many museums, historic sites, and walking and trolley tours.  Website

The Discovery Museum
Field Trip to The Discovery Museums is a compelling and fun way to introduce STEM themes and provide hands-on opportunities for students to practice science and engineering. The hands-on exhibits and attentive education staff make learning exciting and memorable, while our topics and methods support the new Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework.  Website

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
The ICA offers a robust variety of exhibitions, music, dance, film, talks, tours, family activities, and teen programming throughout the year. Expand your horizons with every visit and discover something new. The ICA’s dynamic visual arts program features major thematic exhibitions, surveys of leading contemporary artists, and new commissions, and introduces emerging artists in first-ever solo museum shows.  Website

The Old State House
Discover why the Revolution began here, with people and events that changed the world forever. Hear from famous revolutionaries like Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and John Adams, who debated basic ideas about self-government that we all believe today. Experience the true stories of ordinary people, whose lives were turned upside-down by revolutionary events and ideas. Explore the site of the Boston Massacre, where five men lost their lives. Relive the moment in July 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was first read to the people of Boston. Learn important things you never knew – things that are still important today.  Website

The Paul Revere House
Built around 1680, the Paul Revere House is the oldest remaining structure in downtown Boston and the only home on the Freedom Trail. Paul Revere purchased the former merchant’s dwelling in 1770, when he was 35 years old. He and his family lived here when Revere made his famous messenger ride to Lexington on the night of April 18-19, 1775 that would be immortalized by Longfellow’s famous poem Paul Revere’s Ride.  Website

USS Constitution Museum
Only yards away from “Old Ironsides,” the Museum is a “must see” for everyone visiting Boston, where interactive galleries take adults, families and children of all ages on a 200-year voyage. Learn how a wooden hull helped earn the nickname Old Ironsides. Discover how “Old Ironsides” has remained undefeated since being launched in 1797. Find out how school children contributed pennies to help save “Old Ironsides.” See how sailors ate a diet of hardtack and grog, and climbed masts 200 feet in the air.  Website

 

Boston’s TD Garden is hosting a variety of concerts and events over the course of the next few months for major artists, sports teams and performers coming to Boston.

Getting to and from the TD Garden on the night of a busy concert can be a major hassle. If you need help, let A&A Metro Transportation take care of your transportation needs to and from the arena. Whether you need a motor coach, mini-coach or a Black Executive Sedan, we are here to provide our services to you.

If you’d like to reserve a vehicle you can call one of our booking agents anytime at 508-697-0117.

Here’s what’s happening at TD Garden:

September 12: The Weeknd
September 14: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
September 15: Arcade Fire
September 19: 2017 NHL Preseason: Bruins VS. Red Wings
September 21: 2017 NHL Preseason: Bruins VS. Flyers
September 22: Ed Sheeran
September 23: Ed Sheeran
September 25: 2017 NHL Preseason: Bruins VS. Blackhawks
September 27: Roger Waters
September 28: Roger Waters
September 29: Katy Perry – Witness: The Tour
September 30: Katy Perry – Witness: The Tour
October 2: Preseason: Celtics VS. Hornets
October 3: Barry Manilow
October 5: Bruins VS. Predators
October 6: Halsey: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
October 7: Bruno Mars
October 8: Bruno Mars
October 9: Bruins VS. Avalanche
October 9: Preseason: Celtics VS. 76ERS
October 12: Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias Live! With CNCO
October 18: Celtics VS. Canucks
October 19: Bruins VS. Canucks
October 21: Bruins VS. Sabres

You can visit the entire TD Garden calendar here.

A&A Metro has been a family run business for over 60 years with a commitment to providing quality, safe and reliable transportation. Please call 508-697-0117  and we will help you with your specific needs or you can email us at info@aametro.com.

It’s not too early to start planning your group ski trip and New England has an abundance of ski resorts for all type of groups.  A&A Metro Transportation will provide transportation for your group whether it is for a ski club, a church group or for one day or several days.  Besides the usual downhill trails, many resorts include other winter sports like snowshoeing, dog-sledding, snow-tubing, ice-fishing, cross-country skiing and ice-skating. It’s a good idea to start your planning early so you can take advantage of all the options that are available to you. The best tip for a successful group trip is to do your research on the various resorts and insure you get exactly what you want for your group. A&A Metro can also help you take advantage of some discounts that we’ve been offered for many of the resorts.

Here are some tips to consider when planning your group:

Consider the skiing level of your group
If your group has mixed abilities then look at a resort that has a varied terrain to keep everyone happy. New England Ski Resorts gives you a snapshot of the number of runs and the skiing levels available.

Pick the time
We all know we can’t control Mother Nature but fortunately most New England ski resorts have snowmaking machines, so even when the temperatures only get low at night, they are able to provide plenty of snow for the day. Keep in mind that novice skiers don’t appreciate the freezing cold that comes in January while ski enthusiasts are just happy the snow is guaranteed.

Accommodation size
If you have a large group size then you’ll most likely need to consider a hotel option while smaller groups can be accommodated in cottages or condominiums. You want to choose a resort that has a good balance between too little going on and too much. If there is too little, people will be looking around for things to do; if there is too much then it becomes more difficult for your group to stay together and be organized. Check with the hotel or other accommodations to help recommend good restaurants in the area for your group size.

Here are a few resources to help you find the perfect New England resort for your group:

Top Ten Family Ski Resorts in New England
Ski Vermont
Map of New England Ski Resorts

If you are considering a group ski trip have A&A Metro Transportation help your with your transportation. A&A Metro has been a family run business for over 60 years with a commitment to providing quality, safe and reliable transportation. Please call Kiley at 508-697-0117  x39 and he will help you with your specific needs or you can email him at kmcwilliam@aametro.com.

Late summer and early fall is a great time to take advantage of New England’s many fine wineries and to enjoy some of the world’s finest wines. A&A Metro Transportation is here to help you explore the wide variety of wineries in Massachusetts while riding in style and luxury. Appreciate everything that the region has to offer while enjoying the scenery and a day of wine tasting. Here are some wineries in in the Massachusetts region:

Nashoba Valley Winery, Bolton
Nashoba has become a destination for families and friends to enjoy a quiet day in the countryside, sipping handcrafted wines that feature non-grape wines from fruit that has been grown for years in New England. If you are adventurous and not captured by the snobs of tradition, then explore and challenge your perceptions about wines featuring Blueberry wines, Cranberry wines, Pear wines, Ciders and about 10 different grape wines Like Vignoles, St. Croix, Reisling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. Nashoba has 50 picnic tables and offers their property to small gatherings of 8 or less people.

Please call 978-779-5521

Hardwick Vineyard and Winery, Hardwick
The Hardwick Vineyard and Winery is located on a quiet country road that winds around the Quabbin Reservoir, in the central Massachusetts town of Hardwick. In 1997 the Samek family fulfilled their life -long dream and bought the abandoned Giles E. Warner mansion, built in 1795 and its 150 acres of land. They began the painstaking process of authentically restoring it and today the mansion is fully restored to its original grandeur. While the house renovations were underway, the Sameks also started clearing the land to plant grapes. They now grow six varieties of French hybrid grapes and produce about 3,500 gallons of wine every year.

The family winery is now celebrating its fourteenth year in operation. Whether you come for a wine tasting or a wedding, whether you stay for an hour or overnight, you are encouraged to enjoy the house and its history, as well as the vineyard, gardens, and mountain vistas.

Please call 413-967-7763 or email John@hardwickwinery.com

Alfalfa Farm Winery, Topsfield
Alfalfa Farm Winery, an award-winning winery, is set on the grounds of a 300-year-old farm that once served as a dairy. It is family owned and operated and located in rural Topsfield, Massachusetts. Your visit will be both tasty and informative, and it will help support local, sustainable agriculture.They produce a variety of hand-crafted wines and host customized wine tastings for up to 80 guests in their tasting room. Alfalfa Farm Winery is open for public tastings in the summer on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. and in the fall on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. For a nominal fee, a souvenir etched glass taster is yours to keep, along with the opportunity to try five of a dozen or so hand-crafted artisan wines.

Please call 978-774-0014 or email alfalfafarm@comcast.net

Mill River Winery, Rowley
Located on 3.3 acres of the picturesque North Shore of Massachusetts, Mill River Winery reflects the history and charm of this area. Donna, a Ph.D. chemist, and Rick, an accomplished amateur wine maker, renovated Dodge’s Cider Mill and opened Mill River Winery in July 2011. Donna and Rick love wine making and its perfect combination of science, precision, passion and fun.
They produce handcrafted wines using the finest grapes from Massachusetts and other notable wine regions. Their 2010 Naked Chardonnay was awarded a silver medal by the American Wine Society and was a sign of great things to come.

Please call 978-432-1280 or email info@millriverwines.com

Westport Rivers Vineyard, Westport
In 1982 Bob and Carol Russell set themselves up on the sunny, South Coast because they knew the climate and soils were the perfect location for growing the kind of wine they love: gloriously aromatic, deliciously crisp wine. And it just so happens they were right because the winery has earned over 20 gold medals. When they purchased this historic 140 acre “Long Acre Farm”, they declared they would use this South Coast farmland both for agricultural products and for education about the value of working natural resources. The Russell Family has permanently preserved 400 acres of working farmland and forest.

Wines by glass, beer, and tasty bites in a comfortable setting are available and complimentary public tours are available – groups of 10 or more do require a reservation.

Please call 508-636-3423 x2 or email vip@westportrivers.com

Still River Winery, Harvard
Still River Winery is a warm and welcoming home-based winery located 25 miles west-northwest of Boston in the heart of scenic Harvard. The Holtzman Family, owners of Still River Winery, believe the best way to appreciate apple ice wine is to visit the winery and taste for yourself. For those unfamiliar with ice wines or wanting the chance to explore the wine making process in a special way, a personally guided tour offers the ideal setting to discover the science and art of making a world class, award-winning apple ice wine.

Please call 978-415-WINE (9463) or email info@stillriverwinery.com

If you plan to book transportation to a winery let A&A Metro Transportation help you. A&A Metro has been a family run business for over 60 years with a commitment to providing quality, safe and reliable transportation. Please call us at 508-697-0117 and one of our associates will help you with your specific needs or you can email us at info@aametro.com.

 

It’s a well-known fact that Massachusetts is passionate about sports; you can’t even walk down the street without seeing a fan sporting gear representing one of the many local teams.  Boston is home to several sports teams including the Red Sox, the Celtics and the Bruins. The New England Patriots and the New England Revolution play at Gillette Stadium in nearby Foxboro and several Boston area colleges and universities are also active in college athletics that draw large crowds. The popularity of sports in the area has led to many more people using transportation services to attend events in and around the Boston.

Your day or evening will be carefree as you enjoy the safety and security of a driver and not have to deal with the hassles of parking. You will be dropped off at the front door of the event and when it’s over you won’t have to deal with trying to exit the busy parking lot; let someone else worry about the driving while you enjoy the company of your friends. Consider planning for a large group – some transportation companies offer a variety of vehicles in their fleet to suit the needs of your trip no matter how large or small the group. You can find a list of sporting events and purchase tickets HERE.

Here are some guidelines to consider when you look for a transportation provider:

  • Use an established company with a record of safety – companies need to be properly registered, licensed and insured.
  • Use a provider that has earned a reputation for providing excellent service.  The provider should be reliable and nothing adds more to the experience than a friendly driver.
  • When comparing services, make sure you understand any add-on’s like fuel surcharges, gratuity, tolls and anything else that might not be included in the flat rate.
  • The earlier you can reserve your vehicle the better as this will help insure you receive the vehicle of your choice.
  • When booking your reservation, make sure you specify the number of people as this will help determine the best vehicle for your group.
  • Have fun! This is you opportunity for a stress free night out with your friends!

If you plan to book transportation to a sporting event let A&A Metro Transportation help you. A&A Metro has been a family run business for over 60 years with a commitment to providing quality, safe and reliable transportation. Please call us at 508-697-0117 and one of our associates will help you with your specific needs or you can email us at info@aametro.com.

There is a trend towards companies offering their employees group transportation and corporate shuttle service options in Boston. Companies see the benefits of providing some relief for their employees’ daily commute, which in turn, contributes to increased productivity.

1. Increased Productivity & General Well-Being – Dealing with traffic can get tedious and contribute to stress-related health problems; once in the office, it can take an employee longer to get into work mode. Using a shuttle service gives them time to prepare for their day by checking their email or they can just relax. Once they arrive in office they are more prepared to transition over to work mode.

2. Cost Saving – According to an article in the Boston Globe the typical commuter in the Boston area spent an estimated 57.6 hours sitting in traffic last year costing $1,760. Employee shuttles offer a less expensive alternative for employees and might offer the ability for companies to save money as well. Over time it can cut down on parking lot expenses and employee mileage expenditures. You may also be eligible for tax benefits.

3. Environmentally Friendly – Offering a shuttle service is a great way to contribute to fewer vehicles on the road and thereby reduce your carbon footprint. It also helps raise awareness with your employees so they can help the environment and lower their dependence on fossil fuel.

4. Company Incentive for Recruiting & Retention – Offering your employees a shuttle service creates an incentive for them to work with you because they not only save on fuel expenses but they are less stressed when they get to work. It is also a great way for them to interact with their co-workers and feel more connected to their workplace

Corporate shuttles provide an opportunity for employees to interact with their co-workers.

Along with Corporate Shuttle Services, A&A Metro offers all types of solutions for your transportation needs including airport service, luxury car, SUV and coach options for any size group or destination. Call 508-697-0117 or email us at info@aametro.com

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Boston’s TD Garden is hosting a variety of concerts and events over the course of the next few months for major artists, sports teams and performers coming to Boston.

Getting to and from the TD Garden on the night of a busy concert can be a major hassle. If you need help, let A&A Metro Transportation take care of your transportation needs to and from the arena. Whether you need a motor coach, mini-coach or a Black Executive Sedan, we are here to provide our services to you.

If you’d like to reserve a vehicle you can call one of our booking agents anytime at (508) 697-0017.

September 3: Kanye West

September 14: Adele

September 15: Adele

September 26: Preseason: Bruins vs. Blue Jackets

September 28: Preseason: Bruins vs. Red Wings

September 29: Amy Schumer

October 1: Blake Shelton

October 6: R. Kelly

October 8: Preseason: Bruins vs. Flyers

October 18: Sia

You can visit the entire TD Garden calendar here.

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A&A Metro Transportation is proud to have been providing transportation for clients for 64 years. We pride ourselves on our family heritage, our special relationships with our clients and our services since 1952.

During the 2015-2016 school year, A&A Metro Transportation proudly provided transportation for FIRST Robotics of Bridgewater Raynham Regional High School (team name, FRC Team 88) to several events including The Granite State District Event at Windham High School in New Hampshire as well as their first world championship in St. Louis, Missouri on April 26th, 2016.

You can learn more about the team here on their website.

Congratulations to all your success FIRST Robotics and we are honored to have been able to provide you transportation!

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More information on FIRST from the team’s website.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, this not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

The Mission
The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

What is FRC?

  • FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be.
  • The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in competitions designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woodie Flowers, and a committee of engineers and other professionals.
  • FIRST redefines winning for these students because they are rewarded for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal. Winning means building partnerships that last.

What is unique about the FRC program?

  • It is a sport where the participants play with the pros and learn from them
  • Designing and building a robot is a fascinating real-world professional experience
  • Competing on stage brings participants as much excitement and adrenaline rush as conventional
    varsity tournaments
  • The game rules are a surprise every year.

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Bridgewater-Based Bill’s Taxi Service, Inc. dba A&A Metro Transportation Is Awarded Two Highly-Selective Massachusetts Training Grants

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 10, 2016 (Bridgewater, MA) –  Bill’s Taxi Service, Inc. D.B.A A&A Metro Transportation, located in Bridgewater, MA, is pleased to announce that they have been awarded two Massachusetts training grants for the purpose of continuing education for their current and future employees.

A&A Metro Transportation has been providing transportation services throughout the Commonwealth since 1952. Their partnerships with local transit authorities such as Brockton’s Dial-a-Bat and Taunton’s Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority, Logisticare, and numerous Councils on aging, have made A&A Metro Transportation a central part of the area’s transit network.  Additionally, local area school districts utilize transportation services to transport school-age children with special needs. Other services include: fixed route service, recreational transit, charter bus service, corporate shuttle, executive Sedan service and worldwide transportation services.

The first training grant awarded comes from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Industrial Accidents. It will be used to train and retrain its employees in CPR/First Aid, Defensive Driving, Chair Lift Safety, Back Safety and De-Escalation training.  A&A Metro Transportation drivers are faced with dangerous situations on a daily basis on the roadway, and providing these new courses will be a great help in preparing them for any situation that may occur while transporting a client.

The second training grant is from the Commonwealth Corporation, A program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. This grant will be used to train drivers on how to obtain their CDL Class B License.  This training consists of 60 hours of training per driver.  Once drivers have obtained their CDL Class B License, A&A Metro Transportation will pay for the necessary RMV fees along with a bonus once the employee has completed and passed all of the requirements.

“These grants will bring a level of safety and competency among our drivers that will be unprecedented in our industry, anywhere in the nation. We thank the Commonwealth for their commitment to Massachusetts businesses.“ said President & CEO Tom Arrighi.

For more information on these grants and services, please contact:

Joe McCallum
A&A Metro Transportation
Email: jmccallum@aametro.com

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Bridgewater-Based Bill’s Taxi Service, Inc. dba A&A Metro Transportation Opens New Office In Boston’s Booming Seaport Neighborhood

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 18, 2016 (Bridgewater, MA) – Bill’s Taxi Service, Inc. D.B.A A&A Metro Transportation, located in Bridgewater, MA, is pleased to announce that they have opened a new office in Boston’s newest business hub – the Seaport neighborhood, which has recently been chosen as the location of General Electric’s new Headquarters.

As Boston continues to grow as a technological and innovation capital of America, the Boston Seaport neighborhood has seen rapid growth as new businesses have chosen this thriving community to grow their companies. In January, when General Electric announced they would be moving their headquarters to the Boston Seaport, this growth accelerated even more.

“Opening up this office in the Boston Seaport neighborhood will put A&A Metro Transportation at the crossroads of technology and business. It is a natural and necessary place for our company to have a presence as we continually try to grow and improve to service our growing customer base. We are thrilled at the possibilities that lie ahead.“ said President & CEO Tom Arrighi.

A&A Metro Transportation has been providing transportation services throughout the Commonwealth since 1952. Their partnerships with local transit authorities many colleges and universities and numerous Councils, have made A&A Metro Transportation a central part of the area’s transit network. Additionally, local area school districts utilize transportation services to transport school-age children with special needs. Other services include: fixed route service, recreational transit, charter bus service, corporate shuttle, executive Sedan service and worldwide transportation services.

For more information please contact:

Joe McCallum
A&A Metro Transportation
Email: jmccallum@aametro.com

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A&A Metro Transportation was profiled in Boston Business Journal and the article is below:

Separating Home And Work A Matter Of Trial And Error

For some family businesses, there’s no distinction between work and home. There may not even be a choice.

Tom Arrighi’s boyhood home in Bridgewater was also the headquarters of Bill’s Taxi Service, founded by his father in 1952.

“We’d be sitting down to eat and a driver would be cashing out,” Arrighi recalled. Sometimes a driver would stay for dinner. All five children ended up as drivers themselves at different times.

Today Bill’s Taxi Service is part of A&A Metro Transportation, with its own offices and garage, and it’s one of the finalists in the midsize category in the Family Business Association Awards for Massachusetts 2010.

Since Arrighi and a brother took over Bill’s Taxi in 1987, he has tried to separate work and home. But he had to learn by trial and error.

On his BlackBerry, he never lists himself as out of the office. On a Sunday after church, he’ll stop by the office “for a minute.”

“It drives my family absolutely nuts,” he said. “ ‘Dad! Please, no! Your two minutes is two hours.’ It’s the nature of the beast sometimes.”

But he’s had some success carving out family time. He coaches kids’ sports teams. He even took the family to Europe — where he used a satellite phone to stay in touch with the office.

 

We at A&A Metro Transportation are humbled to be a finalist for the Massachusetts Family Business Association Awards. Having been a family owned business since 1952 we pride ourselves on our business and family heritage.

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The Family Business Association, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization designed to promote family businesses and family business achievements in Massachusetts. Its goal is to promote the development of creative ideas, services, products and expertise to family-owned businesses. The annual awards program honors excellence in business management, growth, community service and business transition within family businesses.

Article re-posted from Metro Magazine:

The Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) named Thomas P. Arrighi, President of A&A Metro Transportation in Bridgewater, Mass., as its 2009 Paratransit Operator of the Year, during the TLPA’s annual convention held in Las Vegas earlier this month.

In a highly competitive field of applicants for the award this year, Arrighi and A&A Metro Transportation exemplified the award criteria for attention to safety, superior service and community involvement, according to the Association.

“This is a company and a leader that believe in the highest quality service, in rewarding the efforts of workers, and in being an active part in the community,” said Alfred LaGasse, CEO of the TLPA.

The company was started as Bill’s Taxi in 1952, operated by Arrighi’s parents, Bill and Dorothy. Arrighi bought the company from them in 1987, and expanded into paratransit services that first year after buying his first wheelchair van and winning a contract to transport school children. The company now has a fleet of more than 100 vehicles, 40 percent of which are ADA accessible, and provides 685,000 passenger trips each year.

Community involvement is a key belief with Arrighi. He is an elected member of the Town of Bridgewater’s Recreation Department, and for 20 years served on the YMCA’s Board of Governors in East Bridgewater. Along with his brothers and family, Arrighi has organized the annual St. Thomas Aquinas Charity Golf Tournament for the past 11 years, raising $150,000. He was named 2004 Citizen of the Year by the Bridgewater Rotary Club.

The award is an honor that Arrighi knows belongs as much to his staff, who he regularly rewards through company programs and incentives for exemplary service to clients. “We are only as strong as our front line employees,” says Arrighi. “Without them, we cannot succeed.”

In addition, the TLPA named Adepegba “Tony” Abiodun driver for Challenger Transportation of Gaithersburg, Md., the 2009 Paratransit Driver of the Year.

“He takes enormous pride in his job, in his service, and in positively affecting the quality of someone else’s day,” said the TLPA’s LaGasse.

Called “the epitome of a professional driver” by his supervisors, Abiodun has earned such a reputation for on-time reliable service that his clients will call the company just to double-check that he’s on duty that day. One elderly woman who came to depend on him for regular hospital trips even requested that, when she moved into a new care facility in a different town, he be allowed to change his area of operations.

“It‟s a good feeling to know that you have a positive effect on another person,” Abiodun said. “I believe that if you take pride in your work, you will always push yourself to do your best and to take responsibility.”

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Abiodun came to the U.S. in 1986 “in search of a better life,” he said. He received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of the District of Columbia in 1994, and is now a U.S. citizen. He became aware of the needs of people with disabilities when he was assistant store manager at a pharmacy. It was also there that he began to see Challenger vehicles bringing people to the pharmacy. He submitted an application and became a vehicle operator in 2002.