|By PR Newswire||
|April 1, 2014 06:04 PM EDT||
NEW YORK, April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.
Visit www.megabus.com for additional information about the service, schedules, arrival and departure times and fares.
Megabus.com, one of the largest privately funded providers of city-to-city express bus transportation, maintains the highest (Satisfactory) safety compliance rating with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Transportation Safety Exchange (TSX), an independent safety rating organization that provides safety ratings of more than 300,000 passenger and freight carriers, announced in January 2014 that all megabus.com carriers are TSX-approved. Megabus.com is the first carrier group to achieve TSX approval, demonstrating the most stringent safety standards in the industry.
Megabus.com is the first bus line to offer high-quality travel for as low as $1 via the Internet. Megabus.com operates service to/from more than 120 major cities in North America from 13 hubs in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, 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 during the past eight years. Visit www.megabus.com for a complete list of cities served.
Since its launch on April 10, 2006, megabus.com has served more than 35 million customers.
Service for megabus.com operates daily. Fares shown are one-way and include all government taxes.
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Megabus.com is a subsidiary of Coach USA, one of the largest transportation companies in North America. Paramus, N.J.-based Coach USA owns and operates nearly 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, airport transportation services, charters and sightseeing tours.
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