Megabus.com, the first city-to-city, express bus company with fares from $1, has served 35 million passengers across North America as of today.
In celebration of the milestone, megabus.com awarded customer Lena Jackson, from Akron, Ohio, with an Apple iPad Mini during a celebration event Monday morning at the megabus.com arrival/departure location at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
With fares starting as low as $1, plus a reservation fee, megabus.com has expanded rapidly over the course of its seven-year existence, from serving seven cities to/from Chicago in April 2006 to now serving more than 120 cities across North America.
Notable service expansions over the last three months include the additions of Columbia, S.C. and Fayetteville, N.C., helping megabus.com reach 32 states served. In the last year, the company has increased sales by 20.3 percent in North America.
“Megabus.com’s is now the travel option of choice for more than 35 million customers, and we’re thrilled to serve them as our passengers,” said Mike Alvich, megabus.com’s Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. “We honor Ms. Jackson, who happens to be a loyal megabus.com customer since 2006, as our incredible 35 millionth customer. As customers such as Ms. Jackson continue to look for ways to stretch their dollars, we look forward to continuing to provide safe, convenient and affordable travel options each and every trip.”
“Travelers are flocking to the bus. Not only for [the obvious benefits of] the low fares, but also to avoid the stress of flying and driving,” said by Joseph P. Schwieterman, Professor, School of Public Service and Director of Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University, while announcing “2014 Year-in-Review of Intercity Bus Service in the United States” study results on January 14. According to the study, express bus transportation remains the fastest-growing and most economical transportation mode and express bus carries like megabus.com provided American travelers savings of $1.1 billion over the past year with the average customer saving more than 79 percent relative to flying (with advanced purchase).
Megabus.com, a subsidiary of Coach USA, launched in April 2006 and is one of the largest city-to-city express bus service providers in North America. 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.