NEW YORK (March 25, 2008) - Megabus.com, successfully serving more than 900,000 passengers since April 2006, today announced the expansion of its low-cost, intercity express bus service to the East Coast. Beginning May 30, East Coast residents can travel for as low as $1 from New York to Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Buffalo, N.Y. and Atlantic City, N.J. in the United States; and Toronto.
Passengers can begin booking today at www.megabus.com for all cities except Baltimore (coming soon, pending stop location)." Megabus.com will offer up to 55 daily departures from New York in new, greener, state-of-the-art motor coaches. See Web site for details. Customers are encouraged to book early to secure fares as low as $1 and will pay competitive fares the closer they book to the day of departure.
Megabus.com is offering all fares booked to depart during the first service week of May 30-June 5 FREE, as an introductory rate (50 cent booking fee applies).
"The overwhelming popularity of megabus.com's innovative, express bus service prompted us to expand to the East Coast," said Dale Moser, president and chief operating officer of megabus.com. "A growing number of our customers are leaving their car at home to go with megabus.com and have been delighted with their travel experiences. As the leader in providing budget intercity express coach services, megabus.com looks forward to serving East Coast travelers with the same passion and exceptional value-for-money our customers have come to expect."
Megabus.com, a sister company of Gray Line New York Sightseeing and subsidiary of Coach USA, offers its customers a unique way to travel. Megabus.com provides convenient online booking, guaranteed seating, comfortable and safe coaches and luggage storage for a relaxed travel experience. Megabus.com will also offer WiFi, free video and the ability to access the Web site on customers' mobile devices (starting May 30) where they can view updates regarding travel reservations and schedules and purchase new tickets.
"The public is responding with considerable enthusiasm to the express services provided by megabus.com and other low-cost providers," said Joseph Schwieterman, director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development and professor of public service management at DePaul University. "After years of decline, the industry is once again poised for growth."
Booking for megabus.com travel is done via the Internet at www.megabus.com. The Web site provides information on routes and arrival and departure times. Passengers can quickly book their travel and purchase tickets from the comfort of their home, office or wireless handheld device. The Web site is in English and Spanish.
Megabus.com is the first intercity, express bus line dedicated to bringing high-quality, low-cost travel options to eight East Coast cities, 17 Midwest cities and seven West Coast cities for as low as $1 via the Internet. Service for megabus.com operates daily. Fares shown are one-way and include all government taxes. Since its launch on April 10, 2006, megabus.com has served more than 900,000 travelers. East Coast cities served beginning May 30 include: New York; Atlantic City, NJ; Baltimore; Boston; Buffalo, NY; Philadelphia; and Washington in the United States; and Toronto. Midwest cities served include: Ann Arbor, Mich.; Bloomington-Normal, Ill.; Chicago; Champaign, Ill.; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbia, Mo.; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Mo.; Madison, Wis.; Memphis, Tenn.; Milwaukee; Minneapolis; St. Louis and Toledo, Ohio. West Coast cities served include: Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Oakland, Calif.; Millbrae, Calif.; San Diego; San Francisco; and San Jose, Calif. Visit www.megabus.com for additional service routes to and from the listed cities.
Chicago-based megabus.com is a subsidiary of Coach USA. Paramus, NJ-based Coach USA owns and operates more than 20 local companies in North America, some that have been in business for more than 35 years, which operate scheduled bus routes, motor coach tours, charters and sightseeing tours. Megabus.com is also a sister company of Gray Line New York Sightseeing which has been operating in New York since 1926.