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http://www.megabus.com

Looks like primarily UK-based company, now offering limited routes in the Midwest/Great Lakes area.

Anything else like this out there? That's dirt cheap. (and yes, you can actually find $1 tickets as long as you book in advance)
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They'd make a killing on a QCA/Chicago run...if you don't buy a ticket a couple of days in advance your're usually SOL...I found out the hard way last year... :( After DH had driven off and left me at the depot...
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Thanks wurlybird9 for the info. Looks like limited service between cities listed. Out of St. Louis, one can only travel to Chicago at either $15 or $20, which might help the Cardinals fan later in the season. The Cubs fans can travel to St. Louis for $8, on the right day.

Where is the buck ticket for? I found that one can get a ticket from Milwaukee to Chicago for that dollar with the reverse trip going for three bucks at times.

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the pricing is dynamic. I think it's only the first 4 passengers per ride that get the $1. Then it goes up to $4, $8, etc etc...as the bus fills.
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The following article appeared in yesterday local newspaper. I should add there are also a transcities bus serving the Hispanic community in St. Louis. But, to keep prices low, those operating that service cut corners. Still, it helped some get back South cheaper and the bus made pick-ups and drop-offs closer to where people lived.

Megabus offers bargain fares
By Elisa Crouch
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
04/20/2006

It was 10 minutes before scheduled departure time, and there was no bus to board. There was no marked bus stop, and no person to take tickets.

Some passengers waiting outside Union Station in downtown St. Louis this week wondered whether their dirt-cheap bus fares to Chicago were legit. Some paid as little as $2.50 for a round-trip ticket. Some paid as much as $50.

"I can't afford to be skeptical," said Sidney Cogen, in his 30s, his duffel bag at his feet. And then a big blue bus with "From $1" painted in gold on its side pulled up to the curb. The driver hopped onto the sidewalk. He asked to see confirmation numbers and then motioned people aboard.

The latest mode of intercity transportation is megabus.com, an Internet-based bus service with multiple express runs between Chicago and eight Midwestern cities: St. Louis; Minneapolis; Indianapolis; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Detroit. Tickets really do start at $1, though no more than five seats per trip are sold for a buck. There's a 50 cent booking fee. Average fares are $10 to $12 one-way, and the highest ticket prices are about $30 one-way.

All tickets are booked online at megabus.com.

With only 13 passengers boarding, it took less than five minutes for the driver to verify each person's ticket information. There was a family of four from Cleveland, a woman from the Netherlands, an accountant and college student living in New York, a research assistant from Chicago and others listening to iPods.

It was 8:45 a.m. Time to leave.

"We'll be in Chicago at 2 o'clock," the driver announced from the center aisle. "We're going to have a good trip and have fun along the way, OK?"

Megabus is a subsidiary of Coach USA, whose parent company, Stagecoach Group, started a similar service in Scotland about three years ago. It has since expanded throughout the United Kingdom. Megabus debuted in the United States on April 10 with service to Chicago.

That day, a bus traveling from Cleveland to Chicago ran out of gas near Michigan City, Ind. The 10 passengers aboard waited an hour for a refueling service to fill up the tank. Published accounts say the company forgot to tell the driver to fill up in Cleveland and offered passengers vouchers for another trip. Megabus now requires drivers to refuel before every trip.

Company officials hope rising gasoline prices prompt travelers to get out of their cars and hop on a bus, rather than on a train or airplane. When pump prices surpassed $3 in September, ridership on many scheduled bus routes increased by double-digit percentages, said Peter Pantuso, president and chief executive of the American Bus Association. Those $3 gasoline prices threaten to return this summer.

"The timing is probably right not only for Megabus, but for everyone in the scheduled service industry," Pantuso said.

Unlike Greyhound, whose buses make up to seven stops between St. Louis and Chicago, a Megabus travels to the Windy City nonstop, except for the 30 minute break at a Bloomington truck stop.

On Monday, brothers Mitch and Jason Appleson, 24 and 20, watched Illinois cornfields whiz by from the bus window. Surrounding them were mostly empty faux-velvet seats, all of which reclined, had arm- and footrests, and reading lights. The overhead television monitors remained off. Occasionally, the bus driver would flip on the radio, switching channels when reception faded to static.

The two were visiting family in Chicago and decided to visit their grandmother in St. Louis, Mitch Appleson said. They booked at the last minute and each paid $50.50 round trip, the most of anyone on the bus but still less than they would have on Greyhound, Amtrak or Southwest Airlines. Given that only 13 of the 55 seats were filled that day, Appleson wondered whether and how the service would make it.

"Like a lot of businesses, I guess you have to start out losing money before you make money," he said.

Megabus' financial model is patterned after low-cost air carriers that sell seats starting at $39, said Dale Moser, president and chief operating officer of Coach USA. However, the most expensive seat on Megabus, even if it's the last seat left booked at the last possible minute, will cost less than driving, Moser said.

"Its going to take time for it to catch on," Moser said.

Buses appear to be far from full. The following morning at Chicago's Union Station, a Megabus from Milwaukee appeared to be about half-full. The bus returning to Milwaukee had about 15 people on it.

"There were only eight of us on the way down here," one woman said as she got on the bus. "It was great."

A few minutes later, six passengers boarded the delayed 9:15 a.m. bus to St. Louis, including Mike and Maggie Ryan, who live in the city.

They spent the return trip reading and sleeping. Their total travel costs were $18.50. Their fuel savings were significant, though not excessive, they said. The reason: They drive a hybrid.

"It's so easy," Maggie Ryan said. "I hope they make it."

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Wow. That is dirt cheap. Thanks OP.

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Sounds like a good deal, heck, I like the place better because of the low passenger rate. I'd rather drive though (I own a Geo Metro).

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yeah some with economy cars might not save too much....but the advantage....as long as you don't need a car at your destination....is that you can spend the trip relaxing, read, take a nap, instead of having to watch the road. Detroit doesn't have much of a mass transit system, it's so stupid. Why spend an hour banging the steering wheel, foot numb from constant braking, when you could be sitting on a subway with a ipod and newspaper.
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How about two bucks plus taxes for a round trip between Chicago and Pittsburgh. Might think about seeing the Peniguins or the Royals play, if I can score a a trip for a few bucks.

TRAVEL: Megabus expands


03/09/2007

For Internet-savvy travelers on a budget, Megabus.com claims to offer a service that makes mainstream bus travel seem pricey rides from Pittsburgh to Chicago for as little as $1.

The bus line announced Thursday that it will expand its service to Pittsburgh; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Columbus, Ohio; Kansas City; and Louisville, Ky. It already offers service between Chicago and Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Toledo.


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How about two bucks plus taxes for a round trip between Chicago and Pittsburgh. Might think about seeing the Peniguins or the Royals play, if I can score a a trip for a few bucks.
http://www.stltoday..../...2C"megabus"


Penguins tickets if you can get them, will cost a couple of dollars more.
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some reviews

sounds like pretty much what I'd expect

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Update on the da bus.

Megabus.com, the intercity express bus service, says its has served two million customers

Megabus.com an express bus service that sells fares as low as $1 via the Internet, says its business is booming despite the slowing economy.

The service says it has served 2 million riders since it began in April 2006. Last year, the service said St. Louis had 48,954 passengers going to and from Kansas City and Chicago.

Megabus.com currently serves 30 cities across the Midwest and Northeast. It says high gas prices, the need for alternative travel options, convenience and cheap fares have boosted its ticket sales.

“While the public is feeling the effects of the current U.S. economy, Megabus.com has fast become the perfect solution for those looking to stretch their travel dollar,” said Dale Moser, its president.

Visit www.megabus.com for additional information about the service, schedule and fares. Customers also can call 1-877-462-6342 for tickets, but there is a $3 phone service fee, versus a 50-cent fee for online sales.

Megabus.com reserves a certain number of $1 tickets for every route. Fares increase in increments as the buses fill up.


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You can still get $1 seats without a code, but perhaps this opens up extras. Megabus has new promo going starting tomorrow, August 4, 2009. Use promo code "HOTDEAL" to receive $1 tickets on travel between 9/14/09 and 11/19/09.
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Free Megabus Tickets!

Megabus.com is giving away 100,000 free seats for travel in early 2010. Customers can begin booking today.

The free seats will be available throughout the company’s multi-state route system during the Jan. 6 to March 20 travel period. Travelers will need to use the promo code GETAWAY to book their free seats, which are subject to availability.

The website is getting slammed, but if you keep trying/refreshing, tickets are still available.

50 cent per trip booking fee does apply
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Cool. Thanks.

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DC to Philly starts 3/21. among other changes

http://us.megabus.co...iladelphia.aspx
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Might want to check that your Megabus driver ain't doing OJT and also can follow directions. Okay, we has a WM driver forget to put down the arms and smack an I-70 overpass at about 60 mph.

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NJ teen ID'd as 4th victim of CNY double-decker Megabus crash

Authorities have released the name of the fourth person killed when a double-decker bus slammed into a low railroad bridge after making a wrong turn off a central New York highway.

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Department on Sunday identified 18-year-old Deanna Armstrong of Voorhees, N.J., as one of the four Megabus passengers who died when the top of the vehicle hit the bridge in Salina while en route to the Syracuse bus station early Saturday morning.

A Philadelphia college student from Kansas, a Malaysian preacher and an information technology specialist from India also died.

The driver and four of the 24 other passengers were injured. One remains in critical condition and two are in serious condition.

Police say the bus was too tall to clear the low-hanging span.


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Free bus tickets for travel between Jan. 12 and March 1 *select areas
Free bus tickets for travel between Jan. 12 and March 1. Enter promo code: WOW200K


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Megabus.com offers 200,000 free seats in Winter Seat Giveaway
NEW YORK (Dec. 15, 2010) – Megabus.com, the first city-to-city, express bus service offering fares as low as $1, today announced it is offering 200,000 free seats for travel Jan. 12 to March 1, 2011. Customers can begin booking their free seats today.

The free seats will be subject to availability for travel to/from megabus.com’s U.S. cities and Toronto during the Jan. 12 to March 1 travel period. Travelers will need to use the promo code WOW200K to book their free seats.

“The Winter Seat Giveaway makes it affordable to get away and visit friends and family during the cold winter months,” said Dale Moser, president and COO of megabus.com. “Megabus.com’s low fares make travel affordable every day, but a chance at a free ticket means there’s no reason to stay home.”

Last year megabus.com offered 100,000 free seats but due to the company’s continued growth – including the addition of a fifth hub in Washington D.C. which begins service today – and the increased popularity of express bus travel nationwide, it increased the total number of seats to 200,000.

“We offer service to 18 cities from Chicago, 12 cities from Philadelphia, 15 cities from New York and now 14 cities from D.C.,” said Moser. “That’s a huge pool of potential customers that can use the free tickets to experience megabus.com’s service for the first time.”

Megabus.com, a subsidiary of Coach USA, launched in April 2006 and has served nearly 8 million travelers. In addition to low fares, megabus.com offers customers environmentally-friendly buses, free Wi-Fi, power outlets and restrooms
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Megabus.com is the first, low-cost, express bus service to offer city-to-city travel for as low as $1 via the Internet. Since launching in April 2006, megabus.com has served more than 7 million passengers throughout nearly 50 major cities in the Midwest and Northeast of the USA and Canada

Our luxury single and double deckers offer free wi-fi, at-seat plug ins, panoramic windows and a green alternative way to travel. Meticulously maintained with professional drivers at the wheel, when you travel with us, you will be riding in comfort and confidence. We provide low-cost and reliable bus services serving nearly 50 cities from five hubs at New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago and Toronto. We offer the highest level of comfort and safety and look forward to serving you!

You can be assured of a great experience and overall satisfaction when you choose megabus.com. Our professional staff, and our fleet of clean, comfortable and well maintained motorcoaches enable us to provide you with the dependable, quality service you expect.

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With the recent accident between a charter bus and truck in western NY, I believe the end result will be higher ticket prices, including for Megabus consumers. Some companies that are providing junkets to casinos have failed to properly maintain their buses and hire drivers who have poor driving records. IMHO, expect Congress or the Feds to put in the effect new regs, which in the end are beared by the consumers.
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With the recent accident between a charter bus and truck in western NY, I believe the end result will be higher ticket prices, including for Megabus consumers. Some companies that are providing junkets to casinos have failed to properly maintain their buses and hire drivers who have poor driving records. IMHO, expect Congress or the Feds to put in the effect new regs, which in the end are beared by the consumers.

This is one time I think either new regulations or a much stricter enforcement of existing regs is warranted. The number of passengers getting hurt and/or killed is unacceptable including the accident posted above where the Megabus driver forgot there was a second tier to his bus and ran it into the overpass killing 4!
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With the recent accident between a charter bus and truck in western NY, I believe the end result will be higher ticket prices, including for Megabus consumers. Some companies that are providing junkets to casinos have failed to properly maintain their buses and hire drivers who have poor driving records. IMHO, expect Congress or the Feds to put in the effect new regs, which in the end are beared by the consumers.

This is one time I think either new regulations or a much stricter enforcement of existing regs is warranted. The number of passengers getting hurt and/or killed is unacceptable including the accident posted above where the Megabus driver forgot there was a second tier to his bus and ran it into the overpass killing 4!


Wings, I was half way expecting you to be reporting that NY Gov. Cuomoo has suspended the operating licenses of the eight bus companies. That was the story on Fox News when I turned on the TV. Note it was faults found during road side inspections and semi-annual inspections that cause Cuomo's action.

Cuomo suspends 8 charter bus companies
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While the miltary does train and allow young men and women to operate 'school' buses, I believe someone only 24 year old should not be operating a Greyhound bus on the interstate. A pilot that was trained by Uncle Sam is usally at least a few years older before operating a commerical airplane. Even those who go flight schools and training, seem to pay dues with regional airlines. To be real honest, I have observed the unionize operators of the local taxpayer supported buses and many are real crappy drivers.

14 sent to hospital after Greyhound bus overturns in Pa.

The driver of a Greyhound bus bound for St. Louis lost control on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Saturday, sending the bus careering across the highway and up an embankment before it landed on its side on the interstate, briefly trapping a woman and sending 14 people to hospitals, authorities said.

Rescue crews freed the woman who was trapped in the wreckage in a rural area about a mile east of the Lebanon-Lancaster exit, turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo said. Twenty-nine people, including the driver, were aboard, said Greyhound spokesman Maureen Richmond, though a turnpike spokesman said he had information that the total might be 25 because of possible duplicates on the driver's manifest.

Officials at three hospitals said 14 people altogether were brought in. Four uninjured passengers were picked up by another bus; the conditions of the others were unclear.

The bus from New York City stopped in Philadelphia and had traveled about 75 miles westbound on the turnpike when it overturned at about 6 a.m. on the way to a stop in Columbus, Ohio.

State police said the driver, whom they identified as Kareem Edward Farmer, 24, of Philadelphia, lost control of the bus while traveling in the passing lane.

The front end of the bus struck a concrete barrier and the left rear side rode up against the barrier, according to state police. The bus then crossed over the travel lanes, struck an embankment and traveled up the embankment before flipping over on its left side.

Richmond declined to discuss the driver's safety record.

Both westbound lanes of the turnpike were closed until about 10:20 a.m., forcing drivers to be rerouted off the interstate. Traffic had been backed up for about three miles while crews worked to upright the bus, DeFebo said.

A man working in a farm shop nearby heard the accident, his father told the Lancaster Sunday News.

"It wasn't a bang, just a slide," said the father, Walter Zeiset.

Advertise | AdChoicesThe injured were taken to hospitals in Hershey, Lancaster and Lebanon, according to officials at the hospitals.

At least 12 were being treated and released. Hershey Medical Center admitted one victim, who was listed in listed in fair condition at late morning, and said the other victim might be admitted. At Lancaster General Hospital, staff were evaluating five patients, said nursing supervisor Jan Frailey.

New focus on tour bus industry safety
The crash is the latest in a series of bus accidents in the Northeast this year, though most of those involved smaller operators and chartered tour buses, not commercial carriers.

More than 30 people have been killed and more than 300 injured in tour bus accidents this year, according to Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. That's more than in all of last year, when there 30 killed and 272 injured in 28 crashes.

Tour bus industry safety has drawn heightened attention since the March crash of a bus returning to New York City's Chinatown after an overnight excursion to a Connecticut casino. Fifteen people were killed when the bus flipped onto its side and struck a pole, peeling off its roof.

Greyhound set up a hotline — (800) 972-4583 — for relatives and friends to get information about people on the bus that crashed in Pennsylvania.

http://www.msnbc.msn...s/us_news-life/
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Back on route...from the Trib...

Megabus Kicks Off Chicago-Omaha Service With Free Seats
By Mary Forgione
Special to Tribune Newspapers
12:08 a.m. CDT, August 9, 2011

Devout bargain-hunters rejoice: Megabus will begin daily service between Chicago and Omaha on Aug. 17. The uber cheap bus company marks the new service to Nebraska with 1,000 free seats you can reserve online. Even if you miss out, ticket prices start at $1 each way.

Whether you love or hate Megabus (and opinions run strong on both sides, if its Facebook page comments are any indication), the price of a ride is ridiculously unbeatable. Here's how to snag a free seat: Book online using the promo code "OMA1K" for travel between Aug. 17 and Sept. 17.

I tested this deal and found availability for a $10 seat from Chicago to Omaha on Aug. 18 and a free seat on the return trip Aug. 23. Buses leave Chicago's Union Station at 11: 15 a.m. and 11:15 p.m. daily and return from Crossroads Mall in Omaha at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. The trip takes almost nine hours each way.

Contact: Megabus


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Wife and I were hoping to use megabus next month to save a lengthy drive, but alas, the times of the route don't work for us. the bus would have required staying an extra night (and finding childcare for our kids who we're not taking with us for an extra day). So we'll drive. Oh well...

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Free MegaBus Ticket for tickets between 01/04-03/01/12

code: GOFREE...valid on most tickets

Click on the first circle for the promo...

Megabus.com

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