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Express, Non-stop Bus Service begins in Chicago


Coach USA, today announced the unveiling of megabus.com, a non-stop intercity express bus company that will offer fares to travelers as low as $1 via the Internet. Passengers can begin booking today for travel on April 10, 2006 and beyond at www.megabus.com

megabus.com, a subsidiary of Coach USA, will offer daily non-stop, express bus services between Chicago and eight other Midwest cities, including Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and St. Louis. Service will also operate between Indianapolis and Cincinnati and between Indianapolis and Columbus. megabus.com operates similar bus services in the United Kingdom, and Chicago will be the first megabus.com hub in North America.

This new transportation option will offer customers who act early a chance to purchase tickets for as low as $1. "Passengers who book travel far enough in advance will have the opportunity to receive low-cost tickets," said Brian Souter, Chief Executive Officer of Stagecoach Group. "Each megabus.com trip will provide tickets for $1 and other customers will pay competitive fares via the Internet."

Booking for megabus.com travel is done solely via the Internet, at www.megabus.com. The Web site provides information on arrival and departure times and allows passengers to quickly book their travel and purchase tickets from the comfort of their home, office or wireless handheld device.

Megabus.com will offer daily, intercity, non-stop express service providing safe, fast and reliable travel for passengers. "With megabus.com, there is no reason to drive in unfamiliar metro traffic," said Souter. "We offer passengers safe travel with comfortable interior accommodations for relaxed travel experiences at a very competitive price."

"I have met so many individuals throughout the country during my reign that will benefit from the convenience of megabus.com," said Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley. "In particular, I am pleased that our uniformed military personnel and their families will be able to take advantage of the affordable prices and the express service."

The Megabus.com Midwest hub stop in Chicago will be located on the east side of South Canal Street at Union Station between West Jackson Boulevard and West Adams Street.