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Old September 5th, 2008, 06:26 PM   #21
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^ ^I've gone on dozens of National Express trips, but never a Megabus trip for some reason. It just doesn't have as many routes as NE does. I still look for low fares at Megabus though. I have gone on their sister service Megatrain though, to Portsmouth from London for a pound. It was just the tail carriage of a SWT service!
Megabus pisses on National express, leg room on the two services is pretty similar but the services are much more direct on Megabus London-Preston via Manchester takes about 6 hours, National express stops off at every little village on the way and takes about 8 hours
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Old September 5th, 2008, 07:53 PM   #22
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great idea...i've never heard about this...

tell me, if trip costs 1$... what is the profit of those companies then?

I doubt there's any. Keep in mind only a couple of seats will go for that price. Busy routes and reservations made close to the departure date raise the price.

I've taken Megabus in the U.K. and here in the U.S., I like it. Cheap and resonably comfortable. I hope they are successful.

Too bad Skybus died.
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Old September 5th, 2008, 09:06 PM   #23
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Old September 5th, 2008, 09:11 PM   #24
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 09:53 AM   #25
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Stagecoach rides out economic maelstrom
9 October 2008
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Shares in Stagecoach are about as close to gilts as one can get in the current economic environment, the chief executive of the strongly cash-generative transport group said.

The privately operated public transport sector was one of only a handful that was thriving under current economic conditions, said Brian Souter, who established the bus and rail group in Scotland in 1980.

Mr Souter said it was ironic that during a week of such dire economic news, the company had recorded one of its best performances ever.

Although the leisure market in the UK and the US was weakening and growth in commuter travel into London slowing, said Mr Souter, the group was enjoying strong growth in overall bus and rail passenger volumes and revenues.

In particular, said Mr Souter, Megabus, the intercity commuter bus business in the US and Canada, was reporting the fastest growth of any new product since Stagecoach was established three decades ago.

Megabus notched up its millionth passenger in May after two years in service and was on track to double that by the end of the Thanksgiving holiday in November. The company has expanded aggressively since it launched in early 2006 in the Chicago area. It now services 25 destinations in 13 states, and one province in Canada.

Megabus is about to put 96 new double-decker buses on the road at a cost of $60m (£34m). It is the first transport operator to deploy double-decker buses in North America, and the vehicles, which come with leather seats, wi-fi, and plasma screen televisions, carry 80 passengers, making for favourable yield management ratios.

However, Mr Souter said that while he felt very confident about how the group was withstanding the sharp decline in the fortunes of countries on both sides of the Atlantic, "we just cannot say where we will be in six months' time. We can survive a recession. It would be hard to survive a depression".

Credit Suisse said in a note following the publication of Stagecoach's end-of-year figures that it was "well-positioned to exploit potential modal shift trends in favour of public transport, especially from private car use. The group's UK bus operations are the most geared to growth in the sub-sector. It has a solid track record of stimulating organic volume growth".

It forecast pre-tax profit of £192.2m for the year to April 2009, compared with £174.4m last time. The shares rose 2¼p at 238¾p.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 11:50 AM   #26
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It's an interesting idea. $1 will certainly cause a stir, although we all know that most people will be paying more than that.

Here's some pics from their website:

Streeter UC in back

Adler Planetarium

Navy Pier
Looks like a Setra
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Old October 25th, 2008, 11:55 AM   #27
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I only wish the buses looked even half as good as their European counterparts.
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Old April 12th, 2009, 04:26 PM   #28
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Stop for popular buses to New York moved again
10 February 2009
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Two bus lines made popular by their inexpensive District-to-New York City fares were forced Monday to move their pickup and drop- off spots from G Street Northwest to the former Convention Center site.

"That spot proved to be too disruptive to people who lived on that street, so we worked," said John Lisle, D.C. Department of Transportation spokesman.

Megabus and BoltBus have been operating in the District only since spring 2008, but this marks the second time the city has moved them.

For the past six weeks, the Greyhound-owned BoltBus and Coach USA- owned Megabus used a section of G Street Northwest, in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library. However, they were forced to move because of complaints by nearby residents, city officials said. Prior to that, the companies operated on 11th Street Northwest near the Metro Center, which was causing problems with the Metro Bus service at the site.

Both lines have experienced rapid growth since arriving, with round-trip fares to New York City ranging from $1 one-way to $40 round-trip.

Megabus, for example, has transported nearly 250,000 passengers since starting service in the District in June. The company handles 10 daily arrivals and departures.

"We've seen steady growth," said Dale Moser, president of Coach USA. "Obviously there is a travel and passenger need for what we are providing. It is something that is easy to access, and people still want to travel even though they have to stretch their dollar."

Mr. Lisle said the latest deal was made with help from D.C. Council member Jack Evans, Ward 2 Democrat, and the office of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, a Democrat.

Mr. Moser said he also worked with city officials on the move to the former Convention Center site, now a 10-acre parking lot one block from the Metro Center subway station, at New York Avenue and Ninth Street Northwest.

Other companies that run similar routes from the District will not move to the former Convention Center site, including New Century Travel, which started before 2008 and will continue operating from H Street Northwest, in Chinatown.

The former Convention Center site is planned for redevelopment as D.C. City Center. Construction is expected to begin this year, which could result in yet another depot change for the buses.

"Obviously the redevelopment of that site could be involved in determining how long they will be there," Mr. Lisle said.
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Old April 12th, 2009, 09:02 PM   #29
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I was by Penn Station the other day and spotted a double decker mega bus I think Ill do that instead of the Fung Wah to Boston
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Old March 29th, 2011, 06:46 PM   #30
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Megabus adding service to 9 new cities with Pittsburgh as a hub
29 March 2011

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Megabus.com transportation service is using Pittsburgh to bring service to nine new cities.

Company officials say Pittsburgh will be the hub for service to Erie; Detroit; Toronto; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo in Ohio.

Pittsburgh already has service to New York; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia, Harrisburg and State College.

Seats can be booked starting Tuesday. Service will begin on May 11 with trips originating under the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Travelers who book well in advance can get one-way fares as low as $1.
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Old March 30th, 2011, 12:28 AM   #31
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I only wish the buses looked even half as good as their European counterparts.
Really? Have you seen the UK example in the first post of this thread? The American examples look much more coach-like. In the UK, they're old double-deckers bought second-hand designed for local journeys, hence the complaints about leg room. At £1 a go though, you get what you pay for.
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Old March 30th, 2011, 08:58 AM   #32
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I heard some rumour they were considering expanding into Australia. Does anybody know about whether this is true or not?
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 12:52 AM   #33
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Really? Have you seen the UK example in the first post of this thread? The American examples look much more coach-like. In the UK, they're old double-deckers bought second-hand designed for local journeys, hence the complaints about leg room. At £1 a go though, you get what you pay for.
Those old double deckers were replaced years ago! Most (if not all) of the UK buses are purpose built long distance coaches, and look pretty similar to their American equivalents, see below:

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Those old double deckers were replaced years ago! Most (if not all) of the UK buses are purpose built long distance coaches, and look pretty similar to their American equivalents, see below:

http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/963/megabusmb7.jpg
Still, the leg room is not enough even for me and I'm 1.76 m or 5 feet 9.
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 05:00 PM   #35
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Still, the leg room is not enough even for me and I'm 1.76 m or 5 feet 9.
Wouldn't that apply to any long-distance coach - even the Greyhounds?
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Old April 6th, 2011, 01:37 PM   #36
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Looks like a Setra
Looks nowt like a Setra. Not that the states would use Setras
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Not that the states would use Setras
There's actually quite a few Setras riding around in the States.

The megabus in the picture is an MCI, by the way. Most of the Megabus vehicles in the U.S. are Van Hool TD925 Astromega double deck coaches. They've got over 100 of them, with more on the way:
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The double decker buses are a joke. They move very slow.


I have taken them a couple of times between Boston and NYC and each time, we left 20-30 minutes before the Bolt Bus only to be passed by them.
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Old April 13th, 2011, 12:14 AM   #39
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The double decker buses are a joke. They move very slow.
TD925s are just as fast as any other motorcoach. You either had a slow driver, or the Boltbus driver was speeding.
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Yeah, I know it's more to do with Megabus in the UK, but the low-frills service did start in the UK, before it's North American expansion:-

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From Monday 16 April 2012, megabus.com will begin to operate services from the UK to Boulogne, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam with two services per day in each direction. In addition, there will be two further journeys per day in each direction linking Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

Through bookings to all 4 new destinations will be available from many points across the UK with a change of vehicle at London Victoria Coach Station. Passengers will require to check in and provide passport information prior to boarding the coach at Victoria Coach Station before departure for the ferry crossing to the continent via either Dover or Ramsgate to either Calais or Boulogne. Regardless of the port of arrival in France, all services will call at Boulogne to pick up and set down.

Each megabus.com arrival and departure in all 4 new destinations will be met by a megabus.com Agent fluent in both English and the local language to provide customer assistance.
Press release is Here

Are Stagecoach thinking of taking on National Express' Eurolines operation then?
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