The bus service started in April 2006, megabus.com has served more than 22 million customers, throughout more than 120 cities across North America.
Jan. 6, Bloomberg.com, reports, "Megabus, overcomes US stigma with cheap travel. Bus operators are targeting the 3.3 billion intercity trips a year currently taken by car or on airlines, said Dale Moser, president of Megabus, which offers discount prices on double- deck coaches in more than 120 U.S. cities."
“You save money, you don’t have the same headaches or stress,” Moser said in an interview. “Consumers are finding us a great alternative to all those other forms of travel.”
The buses are single, and double-deck luxury coaches, with bathroom facilities on-board, similar to what airlines offer in airplanes. The buses travel on an express route, with a designated pick-up point, eliminating many stops to pick-up passengers.
Free wireless Internet plug-ins, at each seat, is a perk for business travelers, allowing them to work while travelling for business. There is feature movie entertainment on-board.
Bus travel safety is governed by The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a watch-dog operation, investigating, bus crashes. The FMCSA is similar to the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates, airplane crashes.
Peter Pantuso, president and chief executive officer of the American Bus Association, a Washington-based trade group.
They’re no longer tied to terminals, so companies can step in and add service directly in the neighborhoods where there’s a market, he said.
“This is not your grandfather’s bus, and it’s not your grandfather’s bus industry,” Pantuso said.