Megabus.com has begun expanding daily service to and from Philadelphia — a second Northeast hub.
The new routes let Philadelphia residents travel to Atlantic City, New Jersey; Baltimore; Boston; Buffalo, New York; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh; State College, Pennsylvania; Syracuse, New York; and Toronto.
The city-to-city express bus service has added five more trips to the existing Philadelphia-to-Washington route, increasing departures to about every two hours.
29 daily departures from Philly
With the addition of the new routes on July 21, megabus.com now offers 29 daily departures from its arrival and departure locations on the south side of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, near North 30th Street, and the west entrance to the 30th Street Station.
To kick off the major service expansion, megabus.com offered travelers 10,000 free seats for departures to and from the nine Philadelphia expansion cities and Washington, D.C.
“Popularity in bus travel continues to rise as travelers search for economical options and quality service,” said Dale Moser, President and CEO of megabus.com, in a statement. “The great travel values offered by megabus.com provide a real opportunity for Philadelphia residents to travel frequently and do more at their final destinations — catch a game, visit friends and family, take an inexpensive working business trip or plan weekend getaways.”
Low fares, high value
Megabus.com uses a fleet of 81-seat double-decker buses outfitted with free Wi-Fi, power outlets and restrooms to transport passengers.
“We are thrilled megabus.com continues to find success in this region and has selected Philadelphia as their second Northeast hub,” said Jack Ferguson, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. “These new routes will definitely be of interest to travelers who have been looking for easy and cost-effective ways to explore this part of the United States. Philadelphia will become a hub-and-spoke city for travelers to start and end their holidays and vacations while exploring the Northeast.”
Additional megabus.com service adds to the accessibility of the Greater Philadelphia region — a destination that is within a five-hour ride for 25% of the U.S. population, noted Meryl Levitz, former President and CEO of Visit Philadelphia, formally known as the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp.
“The affordability of megabus.com makes it a popular mode of transportation, especially for young, tech-savvy travelers. And, with pick-up and drop-off located downtown at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, travelers have easy access to other transportation systems, including Amtrak and SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority), or a close walk to University City and Center City,” Levitz said.
Megabus.com service areas
Chicago-based megabus.com megabus.com currently operates daily in 19 Midwest cities and 14 Northeast cities. Service for megabus.com operates daily. Since its launch on April 10, 2006, the company has served more than 5 million travelers.
Northeast cities now served by the company include Albany, New York; Atlantic City; Baltimore; Boston; Buffalo; Harrisburg; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Rochester, New York; State College; Syracuse; Toronto; and Washington, D.C. Columbia, South Carolina, in the Southeastern United States, also is served by megabus.com.
Chicago-based megabus.com is a subsidiary of Coach USA. Paramus, New Jersey-based Coach USA owns and operates more than 20 local companies in North America, some that have been in business for more than 70 years, which operate scheduled bus routes, airport transportation, motorcoach tours, charters and city sightseeing tours.