Megabus.com to start service from Union Station on Dec 12, tickets go on sale today

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Starting Dec. 12, Megabus.com will be running bus service to/from Union Station to San Francisco and Las Vegas with tickets starting at just $1. And to celebrate the start of service, ALL tickets will be $1 for the week of Dec. 12 – 19. Ticket sales begin today.

Buses will be leaving from Patsaouras Plaza Bus Bay 1. Read the full press release from Megabus.com after the jump.

Megabus.com expands service to/from Los Angeles
Daily express, city-to-city bus service with free Wi-Fi from $1
All seats for travel during Dec.12-19 to/from newest cities will be $1
Company returns to California and Nevada based on customer demand

NEW YORK, NY (November 28, 2012) – Megabus.com, the first city-to-city, express bus company with fares from $1, today announced expansion to California and Nevada with services to/from Los Angeles.
 
Los Angeles residents can now travel to/from San Francisco, Las Vegas, Oakland, Calif. and San Jose, Calif. for as low as $1. Service will begin Dec. 12, and customers can begin booking travel at www.megabus.com today.

Megabus.com will offer frequent daily departures from its arrival/departure location at Los Angeles Union Station’s Patsaouras Transit Plaza, Bus Bay #1, near the Plaza entrance from Vignes Street.
 
Fares start as low as $1 every day and increase gradually as the traveling date gets closer. Customers are encouraged to book early to secure $1 fares.
 
“Express bus service from our new hub in Los Angeles is another way megabus.com keeps Americans connected,” said Mike Alvich, megabus.com’s vice president of marketing and public relations. “As California residents continue to look for ways to stretch their dollar, megabus.com is committed to safe, affordable travel during this holiday season and beyond.”
 
To celebrate the new service, during the first week of travel, Dec. 12-19, all tickets will be $1. After Dec. 19, megabus.com will continue to offer fares as low as $1, with many other affordable fares on all of its services. 
 
“Megabus.com, which previously served Los Angeles in 2007-2008, has returned based on customer demand,” said Alvich. “We’ve seen impressive growth throughout North America and are confident that our 21st century double-decker buses with Wi-Fi and power outlets combined with our outstanding prices will be a success among Los Angeles residents.”
 
The company’s new service will make it possible for 247,000 travelers to visit the Los Angeles metro area during the company’s first year of serving the region. Additionally, more than 80 new jobs will be created with megabus.com’s expansion into California and Nevada.
 
“Tourism is a leading industry in Los Angeles that has enjoyed solid visitation growth over the last two years,” said Don Skeoch, Chief Marketing Officer, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.  “There is tremendous demand for the LA experience and megabus.com provides travelers with an affordable and accessible transportation option.  We look forward to welcoming more visitors through the new, convenient hub at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles.”
 
In addition, megabus.com has partnered with Clean Air-Cool Planet, a national nonprofit organization that works to reduce carbon emissions and help create a sustainable environment. For every new Facebook friend and Twitter follower added on Nov. 28, megabus.com will donate $1 to Clean Air-Cool Planet; megabus.com will present a check to Clean Air-Cool Planet in December.
 
Megabus.com, a subsidiary of Coach USA, launched in April 2006 and has served more than 22 million travelers. In addition to affordable fares, megabus.com offers customers state-of-the-art, green-certified double-decker buses with free Wi-Fi, power outlets, seat belts, restrooms and are wheelchair accessible.

Visit www.megabus.com for additional information about the service, schedules, arrival and departure times and fares.  
ABOUT MEGABUS.COM
Megabus.com is one of the largest privately funded providers of city-to-city express bus transportation and serves more than 120 cities in North America, including routes operated by other Coach USA subsidiaries.

Megabus.com is the first express bus line to offer high-quality travel for as low as $1 via the Internet. Megabus.com operates service from 10 hubs in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Texas Triangle (Dallas, Houston, San Antonio), Washington D.C. and Toronto – creating more than 1,000 new, professional jobs. Visit www.megabus.com for a complete list of cities served.

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 22 million travelers. For the latest news and travel deals, follow megabus.com on Twitter at @megabus and Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/megabus.com.officialpage.

Megabus.com is a subsidiary of Coach USA, one of the largest transportation companies in North America, and maintains the highest safety compliance rating (Satisfactory) from the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Paramus, N.J.-based Coach USA owns and operates 30 local companies in North America, some that have been in business for more than 70 years, which operate scheduled bus routes, motor coach tours, charters and sightseeing tours.

Additional safety information can be found in the video here.

40 thoughts on “Megabus.com to start service from Union Station on Dec 12, tickets go on sale today

  1. Matt,

    I’m confused. You keep saying Asia is completely different than the US. Yet transit experts often cite Europe as example. Isn’t Europe completely different than the US too?

    “Asia has completely different land use policies that strongly discourage the automobile. I have to laugh when others cite places like Singapore and say they have 100% recovery and LA does not solely because of distanced based fares and ignore other factors like land use and the fact that there is electronic road pricing and you have to pay a separate fee to enter Downtown Singapore. Does that sound anything like Los Angeles to you? Of course not.”

    So does Europe. London is a dense city with lots of people living in a small area. London for uses zonal fares on their Underground. They discourage the use of cars too with expensive toll roads and high fees to get into London proper which is completely different from Los Angeles. However, when talking with pro-transit riders, they say “let’s copy Europe” when it’s they are completely different from the US. However, when others bring up other examples from across the Pacific, it is dismissed because it’s so completely different from the US.

    I don’t understand. Why is European methods preferred over Asian methods? Because they are the same white brethren? Is that the underlying cause? That we only want to learn from white people and not from the yellow people? That’s what I’m getting here.

    Britain, France, Germany = good
    Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore = bad

    Why?

  2. @ Frank M, Y Fukuzawa, others

    I believe what Matt is trying to get at is not the distance based bus fares are not effective, they are plenty of examples that they do bring higher fare box recovery, but rather to dispel the notion that distance fares inherently make transit cheaper for short distance riders, which does not seem to be the case with Washington DC., SF Bay Area, London, Seoul and Tokyo, where the shortest distance is charged about the same as Metro’s current base fare.

    If anything distances fares will make Metro more expensive for long distance riders and about the same for short distances ones. But fare box recovery will up which should be a good thing

  3. That’s an interesting article Frank.

    I like UTA’s director’s comment “I think our industry is stuck in the past with always charging a simple and easy flat fare.”

    It’s time to move on. Those that are stuck with the flat rate mindset and making up nonsensical excuses are getting old and annoying. We need to move forward with this like UTA distance based plan.

    Can Metro hire the consultants UTA hired to do this?

  4. Frank M.

    You are attributing quotes to me that I never made. Where did I say “Asia doesn’t count” or “no transit agency in the US uses distanced based fares”? You owe me an apology for falsely trying to attribute statements to me that I did not make.

    In fact if you actually read my posts from the thread, you will see me bringing up the fact that no one ever sites Metrolink as a model for distanced based fares even though it operates right here in So Cal? You cite Washington as an example of a higher recovery rate to emulate as they use distanced based fares. Should I assume you would be in favor of adopting their fare policy of a $1.95 base fare plus more for longer distances. A trip from No Hollywood to Downtown would cost $3-$4 using that fare model. Is that what you advocate?

    As far as Asia, if distanced based fares were the holy grail, wouldn’t all systems use them? Why do major bus systems in Tokyo and Kyoto not use them? Are the people running these systems just not bright?

  5. I think the whole discussion is missing the point.

    The whole point about making a transit oriented city is to make a dense city living so that one doesn’t need to travel 20 miles to get anything done.

    The city is already scrapped for land so in order to make room for increasing population we need to start building upwards with taller multi-family buildings like condos and apartments. We need to get rid of stupid height restrictions and stupid laws that says structures need so much parking spaces.

    We need to be building businesses and residences more than 3 storeys tall which is the norm here in LA. And we need to make these tall condos and multifamily complexes affordable instead of them being in the $450,000+ range or with $2,000 per month rents which the average Angeleno can’t afford.

    In order to encourage that kind of land development, we need to look into making fares higher for those who want to travel longer distances. We need to look at city development and transit development together. Encourage getting things done over shorter distances and encourage living closer to work than way out in the suburbs. They way to do this is make fares expensive for those living way out in the suburbs and make fares cheaper as an incentive for people to change their habits to getting their needs done within a short distance and move closer to where they work.

    Besides, in this day and age, one doesn’t need to travel that far to get things done in LA. You don’t need to be driving 10 miles roundtrip to BestBuy to get a deal on Black Friday when you can have it shipped for free to your workplace with Amazon.com on Cyber Monday.

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