Megabus (North America)

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Megabus is the brand of a low cost inter-city bus service from Stagecoach Group. The brand originated in the United Kingdom and started up a few years later in the United States, followed later by Canada, where services are operated by Stagecoach Group subsidiaries Coach USA and Coach Canada.

Megabus' legal business names in North America are Megabus USA LLC, Megabus Northeast LLC, Megabus Southeast LLC, Megabus Southwest LLC, and Megabus West LLC. These operating businesses conduct business as megabus.com.[1]. In addition, Academy Express LLC & Academy Lines LLC, and DATTCO, Inc. are non-Stagecoach Group companies that are permitted to use the Megabus.com name on their services that operate as Megabus branded routes.

History

  • Service was introduced in the United States on Monday, April 10, 2006, with their first hub located in Chicago, IL.[2] Passengers were able to book on the Megabus website starting on March 22, 2006. The Chicago hub is comprised of daily departures to: Milwaukee, WI; Indianapolis, IN; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; St. Louis, MO; Ann Arbor, MI; Columbus, OH; Louisville, KY; Toledo, OH; Detroit, MI; Kansas City, MO; Minneapolis, MN; and State College, PA. The State College stop was dropped, but returned later as a destination from the New York City hub.
  • In 2007 Coach Canada began operating certain Toronto-Kingston-Montreal runs in the fashion of Megabus. Booking was done online and fares were advertised as starting from $10 CAD and $1 CAD during the winter.
  • The Los Angeles, CA hub began on Wednesday, August 8, 2007.[3] Destinations from the hub included: Phoenix, AZ; Tempe, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; San Diego, CA; and San Francisco, CA; via either San Jose, CA and Millbrae, CA or Oakland, CA. Service ceased on Sunday, June 22, 2008 due to low ridership, but was modified service was reinstated on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.
  • Service for the New York hub started on Friday, May 30, 2008.[4] Destinations from New York includes: Atlantic City (Contracted out to Academy Bus Lines[5]), Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo (including Airport) , Philadelphia, Toronto, and Washington, D.C. Service was then expanded to Binghamton, Syracuse, Rochester, Hartford, and Niagara Falls, ON. Binghamton, Hartford and Niagara Falls were dropped due to low ridership. Niagara Falls was later added to the Toronto hub.
  • As of mid-July 2009, Megabus Van Hools were spotted running between Toronto and Montreal.[6] Megabus was officially launched on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 with a media event on King Street West in Toronto, Ontario.[7] Later, Trentway-Wagar bus line-run services were folded in, under the Megabus brand. Cities included Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Grimsby, and also included added service to Buffalo and the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, with Canadian Megabus service using the airport as an outbound terminus from Toronto.
  • On Wednesday, July 21, 2010, Philadelphia became a hub.[8] Destinations includes: Harrisburg, State College, Pittsburgh, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo (including Airport), Syracuse, Toronto and Washington, D.C. Atlantic City was dropped due to low ridership and possibly fierce competition with NJ Transit and Greyhound's LuckyStreak service. Atlantic City still remains on the New York hub.
  • On Wednesday, December 15, 2010, Washington D.C. became a hub.[9] Destinations includes: Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo (including Airport), Charlotte, Christiansburg, Durham, Hampton, Harrisburg, Knoxville, New York, Pittsburgh, Richmond and Toronto.
  • On Thursday, August 4, 2011, service began from Omaha, Nebraska.[10] Omaha residents can now travel to Chicago, Des Moines, Iowa; and Iowa City, Iowa, for as low as $1.
  • On Tuesday, October 25, 2011, Atlanta was announced as the seventh hub, with service to begin November 16, 2011. [11]Passengers originating in Atlanta could now travel to 11 cities: Birmingham, Ala.; Charlotte, N.C.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Gainesville, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Memphis, Tenn.; Mobile, Ala.; Montgomery, Ala.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Orlando, Fla.
  • On Thursday, May 31, 2012, Texas was announced to be a new hub, with service from Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio to Austin, TX; Norman, Okla.; Memphis, Tenn.; Little Rock, Ark.; and New Orleans, La. Service began on June 16.[12]
  • On Wednesday, December 12, 2012 (as mentioned above), California service was reintroduced with service from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Oakland, Calif., Riverside, Calif., Las Vegas, Sparks/Reno, Nev., Sacramento, Calif., and San Jose, Calif.

Incidents

  • At around 04:00 Thursday, December 10, 2009, a TD925 overturned on its side on the New York Thruway at Exit 49, near Buffalo. The coach was was doing a run from New York to Toronto during high winds and a snowstorm. 12 people were injured in the accident and eight of the injured were taken to hospital.[13]
  • At around 07:15 Sunday, December 20, 2009, a TD925 slid off the Interstate 90 in Le Roy, New York, outside Buffalo. The New York to Toronto coach was carrying 40 passengers at the time. None suffered any serious injuries.[14]
  • At around 02:30 Saturday, September 11, 2010, a TD925 (number DD090) travelling from Philadelphia to Toronto hit a low railway bridge on the Onondaga Lake Parkway in Salina, New York. The top front section of the coach was crushed around a third of the length back. The coach turned partially on its side and the front doorside corner slammed into the bridge support. Of the 28 passengers onboard, 25 were taken to hospital. Four passengers were killed in the crash. It is reported that the driver missed the turn-off of the Interstate for the scheduled stop at the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center in Syracuse.[15][16]
  • Thursday, August 2, 2012, a TD925 (number DD478) travelling from St. Louis to Chicago crashed into a concrete pillar on Interstate 55 in Montgomery County, Illinois. One female passenger was killed and 35 were injured.[17]
  • On the afternoon Wednesday, August 8, 2012, a TD925 (number DD540) travelling from Atlanta to Charlotte blew a tire and caught fire on Interstate 85 near the South Carolina border. The coach was carrying about 80 passengers at the time. [18]
  • Monday, June 30, 2014, a TD925 (number DD030) caught fire due to a tire blowout on the New York State Thruway, near Portland, NY. All passengers were able to evacuate the vehicle before it was engulfed in flames. The bus was reported to be heading to Buffalo from Cinncinati, Ohio.[19]
  • Saturday, December 20, 2014, A Megabus flipped onto its side in slick conditions Saturday near Seymour, Ind., sending 26 passengers to the hospital.Indiana State Police said 68 passengers were on the double-decker bus, bound for Louisville, Ky., then Nashville, TN on route M9, when it flipped over on Interstate 65, near the mile-marker 55 just north of Seymour. Rescue crews responded to the scene at around 5:30 a.m., police said. The bus driver, Christopher Kelley, 50, of Olympia Fields, Ill., lost control of the bus while moving into the right lane of the highway.[20]

Service overview

Megabus operates schedules on the yield-management format. This summarizes that particular trips may operate at a reduced fare early into the times the seats are offered, in hopes of allowing passengers to choose trips earlier, at a lower price, than waiting until the last minute and purchasing the seat at the regular or increased fare.

In most cases, seats are offered as low as $1 (USD) with a 50 cent booking fee added. All seats are also booked through the internet, on Megabus' website.

Cities served

See Routes of Megabus (North America) for details on routes served.

United States fleet

All-time Roster

Note: Fleet numbers are mainly based on observations.

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Hub(s) Notes
SD221, SD233, SD234 2010 Van Hool C2045E Cummins ISM Allison B500R Philadelphia
Washington, D.C.
822 1999 MCI 102-EL3 New York City
941 1998 MCI 102-EL3 New York City
SD956, SD957 20?? Van Hool C2045E Cummins ISM Allison B500R New York City
SD1576 MCI J4500 ZF AS Tronic Washington, D.C.
4944, 21050, 75941 MCI 102-EL3 Chicago
27681 Chicago
29026, 29030, 29045, 29054 2006 MCI 102-EL3 Chicago
SD41280 MCI J4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 EGR Allison B500R Philadelphia
44943 MCI J4500 Chicago
SD45--- 2010 Van Hool C2045E Cummins ISM Allison B500R
47543, 47544 Van Hool C2045E Cummins ISM Allison B500R Chicago
51104 1997 MCI 102-DL3 New York City
57969, 58266, 58279, 58304, 58306, 58332 2008 MCI D4505 Caterpillar C13 ZF AS Tronic New York City
58500-58539 2008 MCI D4505 Caterpillar C13 Allison B500R New York City
61404 MCI J4500 Los Angeles
SD63533 MCI J4500 Washington, D.C.
SD64159 MCI J4500
64182-64186, 64188, 64189 MCI J4500 Caterpillar C13 ZF AS Tronic Chicago
New York City
Washington, D.C.
64508-64511 2008 MCI J4500 Cummins ISM ZF AS Tronic Washington, D.C.
64631 MCI J4500
SD64778 MCI J4500 New York City
64780-64787 2007 MCI J4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 ZF AS Tronic Washington, D.C.
SD65255 MCI J4500 Cummins ISM ZF AS Tronic Washington, D.C.
71805 Dodge Sprinter New York City
75243-75244 2012 Setra S 407 CC Mercedes-Benz OM 471 Allison B500R New York City
75715-75718 2007 Van Hool C2045E New York City
78207 2012 Van Hool TD925 New York City
78901 2009 Van Hool TD925 New York City
DD001-DD017 Megabus DD005-a.jpg 2007-2008 Van Hool TD925 Cummins ISM Allison B500R Chicago
New York City
Dallas
DD018-DD113 Megabus DD030-a.jpg 2008-2009 Van Hool TD925 Cummins ISM ZF AS Tronic Chicago
New York City
  • 96 units[23]
  • DD090 involved in incident (see above), presumed scrapped.
  • DD030 involved in fire related incident, condition unknown [24]
  • DD020, DD033 transferred to Van Galder Bus Company.
DD388-DD449 Megabus DD442-a.jpg 2010 Van Hool TD925 Cummins ISM Allison B500R New York City
Philadelphia
  • DD419 (YE2DG11B092042419) acquired by ABC Companies and converted to RV with Race Deck.
DD450-DD509 2011 Van Hool TD925 Cummins ISX11.9 ZF AS Tronic Atlanta
Chicago
Philadelphia
Washington, D.C.
  • DD453 Retired and auctioned off on ebay.com
  • DD478 involved in incident (see above).
DD511-DD597 2012 Van Hool TD925 Cummins ISX12 ZF AS Tronic Dallas
  • DD540 involved in incident (see above).
DD600-DD615 2012 Van Hool TD925 Cummins ISX12 ZF AS Tronic Los Angeles
DD6xx 2013 Van Hool TD925 Cummins ISX12 ZF AS Tronic
DD7xx 2014 Van Hool TD925 Cummins ISX12 ZF AS Tronic
DD8xx 2015 Van Hool TD925 Cummins ISX12 ZF AS Tronic
DD9xx 201? Van Hool

Canadian fleet

Active

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
DD42631-DD42645 Coach Canada 42635-a.jpg 2012 Van Hool TD925 Cummins ISX12 ZF AS Tronic
  • Replaced 2009 double deckers and have different rear axle config[25]
  • Seating for 81 passengers.
DD42720-DD42721 Coach Canada 42720-a.jpg 2013 Van Hool TD925 Cummins ISX12 ZF AS Tronic
DD42739 2014 Van Hool TD925 Cummins ISX12 ZF AS Tronic
42888 2015 Van Hool TD925 Cummins ISX12 ZF AS Tronic Has an updated interior.
53462-53468, 53472 Coach Canada 53462-a.jpg 2005 MCI J4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 ZF AS Tronic
  • Transferred from Coach Canada.
  • In process of being refurbished.
53476-53477 Coach Canada 53477-a.jpg 2004 MCI J4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Transferred from Coach Canada and Coach USA Western New York.
83928-83929 Coach Canada 83928-a.jpg 2006 MCI D4505 Detroit Diesel Series 60 ZF AS Tronic Transferred from Coach Canada and Coach USA Suburban Trails.

Retired or transferred

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
DD42326 Megabus DD42326-a.jpg 2008 Van Hool TD925 Cummins ISM ZF AS Tronic Transferred from Coach USA Megabus fleet.
DD42450-DD42464 Megabus DD42456-a.jpg 2009 Van Hool TD925 Cummins ISM ZF AS Tronic

References

  1. SAFERSYS stats for Megabus
  2. [1], Stagecoach Group launches budget inter-city coach operation in United States
  3. [2], megabus.com expands United States operation with new West Coast hub
  4. [3], megabus.com launches new East Coast routes in major expansion of United States budget network
  5. [4], Thread: Bus options for day trip to Atlantic City
  6. Megabus US/Canada, cptdb.ca, retrieved on 2009-07-27
  7. [5], toronto.ca, retrieved on 2009-08-11
  8. [6], Megabus Expands Philadelphia Service to and from Nine Northeast Cities
  9. [7], Megabus Expands Washington DC Service to and from 11 Cities
  10. Megabus Begins Service From Omaha
  11. Megabus Announces Service From Atlanta
  12. Megabus.Com Expands Service To/From Dallas, Houston, San Antonio And Five Cities
  13. Toronto-bound bus accident injures 12, cbc.ca, retrieved on 2010-09-12
  14. 2nd accident involving Toronto-bound Megabus, cbc.ca, retrieved on 2010-09-12
  15. Bus crash kills 4 in northern New York, cnn.com, retrieved on 2010-09-12
  16. Canadians not among 4 killed in bus crash, theglobeandmail.com, retrieved on 2010-09-12
  17. http://www.examiner.com/article/megabus-crash-illinois-18-ambulances-on-the-scene-video
  18. http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/19228057/fire-guts-megabus-closing-northbound-i-85-near-sc-line
  19. http://wivb.com/2014/06/04/flames-break-out-on-megabus/ Megabus catches fire on Thruway; no one injured
  20. UPDATE: 68 passengers on board MegaBus that crashed in Seymour, 22 December 2014
  21. Coach USA takes delivery of 15 new 2007 MCI® J4500 coaches, Megabus.com gets eight, mcicoach.com, retrieved on 2009-07-28
  22. MEGABUS.COM INVESTS $10 MILLION IN AMERICA’S FIRST INTER-CITY DOUBLE DECKER COACHES, megabus.com, retrieved on 2009-07-27
  23. Demand for low-cost travel spurs $60 million bus purchase, megabus.com, retrieved on 2009-07-27
  24. http://wivb.com/2014/06/04/flames-break-out-on-megabus/ Megabus catches fire on (NY) Thruway; no one injured
  25. New buses on Toronto-Montreal route have smoother ride, says Coach Canada. Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved on 04 February 2013.
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