Forget trains, planes and automobiles

Postby Mr-914 » April 13th, 2011, 12:14 pm

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In 2010, Megabus launched its third and fourth hubs, in Philadelphia and Washington. It currently does $100 million in business annually, operating 135 buses each day to 50 U.S. cities. While other companies downsized over the past two years, Megabus hired 270 additional workers and invested $36 million in the business. Each month this year it will add five to six new double-deckers to its fleet.


For bus travel as a whole, the number of daily departures increased by 6 percent in 2010, twice the growth experienced by air travel and 12 times that of Amtrak.


The future of travel is the bus?

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http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/11_16/b4224062391848.htm
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Re: Forget trains, planes and automobiles

Postby NURB » April 13th, 2011, 12:27 pm

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They've got some sweet Double Decker's, too...

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I'd love to travel the country in the front seat of the top deck.

A few friends of mine have taken it to Chicago from Minneapolis for under $10 one way each time. Pretty amazing. Of course, once they got a flat tire, and another time the bus got pulled over for speeding trying to make up time. But, seems like a very popular mode of transportation. I wouldn't trade it for high-speed rail though.
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Re: Forget trains, planes and automobiles

Postby mrtwills » April 13th, 2011, 12:30 pm

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megabus is a college students best friend for getting home. I was actually thinking of taking a mega bus from Chicago to Detroit for Easter because flights are expensive and megabus is so cheap. Im not sure I could do anything over 5 or 6 hours on a bus though.

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Postby NURB » April 13th, 2011, 12:40 pm

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Being 6'-5" tall, mass transit and I are rarely on the same page as far as personal comfort is concerned. I think 3 hours is probably my limit by bus, and that's pushing it. Air travel is almost as bad unless I get exit row.
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Re: Forget trains, planes and automobiles

Postby Lmo » April 13th, 2011, 2:09 pm

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Have you ever, ever, taken a bus trip further than across town?

I have... Indianapolis to Los Angeles... 53 hours transit time ... one transfer, and 32 stops ... Image

I mean, if ya gotta get there...
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Re: Forget trains, planes and automobiles

Postby yo » April 15th, 2011, 3:18 pm

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I've always wanted to design a bus for some reason... or a street car.

Have you seen the Bolt Bus? Pretty nice. Owned by Greyhound I think... also came across this bus which I think is a new Greyhound.
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Re: Forget trains, planes and automobiles

Postby Mr-914 » April 15th, 2011, 4:07 pm

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Bolt is also mentionned in that article.

On a side note, I checked a Greyhound bus price for Montreal-NYC. 11 hours and $260 for two round trip. Pretty ridiculous. I need to find out if there is a curbside bus service that does Montreal to NYC.
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Re: Forget trains, planes and automobiles

Postby Mr-914 » May 5th, 2011, 11:39 am

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I thought of this thread again after reading this article during lunch:

http://www.economist.com/node/18620944

America’s fastest and most reliable line, the north-eastern corridor’s Acela, averages a sluggish 70 miles per hour between Washington and Boston. The French TGV from Paris to Lyon, by contrast, runs at an average speed of 140mph. America’s trains aren’t just slow; they are late. Where European passenger service is punctual around 90% of the time, American short-haul service achieves just a 77% punctuality rating. Long-distance trains are even less reliable.


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