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CHICAGO (Jan 13, 2009) – Megabus.com, the first low-cost, intercity express bus service with fares as low as $1 via the Internet, announced today it has served two million customers, in part, due to travelers looking for economical solutions during tough times.
According to a recent study conducted by Chicago-based DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, while nearly all indicators show a slowing economy, intercity bus travel is a booming trend. It is the second year the Chaddick Institute has cited megabus.com as a major force in driving the popularity of intercity bus travel.
High gas prices, the need for alternative travel options, convenience and cheap fares have boosted ticket sales for megabus.com service since its April 2006 launch. Megabus.com currently serves 30 cities across the Midwest and Northeast.
“We are pleased to have our innovative service recognized as the driving force of a national travel trend, one easily proven by our serving two million customers in such a short time,” said Dale Moser, president and COO of megabus.com. “While the public is feeling the effects of the current US economy, megabus.com has fast become the perfect solution for those looking to stretch their travel dollar.”
Megabus.com has grown 202 percent in the last year. The Chaddick Institute Policy Study also stated that in 2008 the intercity bus industry posted its biggest one-year gain in service. The Motorcoach Council has called the rise in bus popularity the MegaBus movement.
Visit www.megabus.com for additional information about the service, schedules and fares.
Chaddick Institute Policy Studyhttp://las.depaul.edu/chaddick/docs/Docs/2008_Update_on_Intercity_Bus_Service.pdf
About megabus.com Megabus.com is the first intercity, express bus line dedicated to bringing high-quality, low-cost travel options to 17 Midwest cities and 13 Northeast 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 nearly 2 million travelers. Northeast cities served by megabus.com include: Albany, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Hartford, Niagara Falls, ON., New York, Philadelphia, Rochester, Syracuse, Toronto and Washington D.C. Midwest cities served by megabus.com include: Ann Arbor, Bloomington-Normal, Chicago, Champaign, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Madison, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Toledo. 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, N.J.-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.
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