MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by KCPowercat » Thu Jun 14, 2007 5:29 pm

KC0KEK wrote:Yet another reason why it's difficult to believe the claims made in another thread of routinely driving from KC to STL in 3 hours or so.


yes, if you drive like a bus, it will take longer than 3 hours.

Somebody strap a GPS on themselves next time they drive to STL...this is not an impossible feat...why so hung up on it?
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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by KC0KEK » Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:13 pm

KCPowercat wrote:why so hung up on it?


Never said I was. Just mentioning it. Not as if I started a thread on KC-STL runs.

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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by KCFan » Sat Jun 16, 2007 11:11 am

I have a friend that's booked three trips on Megabus for a total of $50.  One round trip was only $2.  He's on his first one to Chicago this weekend; he's probably there already.  I'll be curious to hear what he thinks.

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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by DaveKCMO » Sat Jun 16, 2007 11:25 am

it would be cool if skybus and megabus could collaborate on bookings! unlikely since skybus has already teamed up with avis... the plane/auto juggernaut continues unabated.

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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by DaveKCMO » Mon Jul 23, 2007 8:56 pm

my megabus experience

fare: originally $8 one-way, changed the date at the last minute resulting in an $8 increase. we arrived in STL on amtrak (only 45 minutes late!), so only a one-way fare this time.
boarding: moved to the west side of union station. there is a sign now (similar to a regular bus stop). deboarding in KC was in one of the stalls at the 10th/main transit center (where there is also a megabus stop sign). the monday bus was about 1/3 full.
timeliness: departed 5 minutes late, arrived in KC on time (4h15m).
the ride: the driver made quick work of I-70 and appeared to be moving faster than the flow of traffic. reclining seats are very comfortable with overhead bins for smallish bags (most luggage goes underneath, including bikes!). 15-minute pit stop in boonville (although wouldn't columbia seem more logical?). while the ride was smooth for a bus, it still doesn't beat the comfort of the train. the driver played some smooth jazz satellite radio at a low volume.

overall, i can't wait until this service is expanded to other cities. i wouldn't take megabus all the way to chicago, but it's a good alternative to amtrak and greyhound.

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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by DaveKCMO » Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:29 pm

adding a third KC trip in september. they're also looking for other expansion cities.

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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by enough » Sat Aug 25, 2007 11:10 pm

^ what was your source?  the megabus website still shows only the 11:30 am and 8:00 pm departures from kansas city through early october.

btw, megabus now serves six cities from a second hub in los angeles -- san francisco, oakland, san jose, san diego, las vegas, tempe.

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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by bbqboy » Sat Aug 25, 2007 11:39 pm

How do these guys make money?

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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by enough » Sat Aug 25, 2007 11:51 pm

^ headquartered in the uk.  very deep pockets.  oh -- and extremely low overhead.

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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by bahua » Sun Aug 26, 2007 2:22 pm

Think of what it costs to drive a laden bus from KC to St. Louis. Maybe $200? Maybe? If you keep the overhead down, you can make more than $200 from rider fares.

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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by DaveKCMO » Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:17 pm

enough wrote:^ what was your source?


the driver.

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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by jlbomega » Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:44 am

I hope they add Denver.  That would be sweet.  Beyond that maybe they are adding a stop in Columbia to capitalize on the broke college kids there?

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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by DaveKCMO » Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:57 am

jlbomega wrote:I hope they add Denver.  That would be sweet.  Beyond that maybe they are adding a stop in Columbia to capitalize on the broke college kids there?


a downtown columbia stop (not the freeway exit stop that greyhound makes today) is far more sensible than the 15-minute break they take right now in nearby boonville.

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Post by bahua » Mon Aug 27, 2007 1:02 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:a downtown columbia stop (not the freeway exit stop that greyhound makes today) is far more sensible than the 15-minute break they take right now in nearby boonville.


A 15-minute break sure doesn't seem to make much sense to me. I don't see why they should stop at all, but if they must, then CoMo would make more sense to me.

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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by DaveKCMO » Mon Aug 27, 2007 5:17 pm

bahua wrote:A 15-minute break sure doesn't seem to make much sense to me. I don't see why they should stop at all, but if they must, then CoMo would make more sense to me.


possibly because the same driver is used from chicago to KC? they might have changed over during the STL pit stop, but i didn't really notice. a friend rode awhile back and their driver was a chain smoker, so that may be another reason.

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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by GRID » Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:14 am

I thought somebody said that megabus will operate out of union station in KC?  Anymore on this?

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Post by dangerboy » Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:17 am

GRID wrote:I thought somebody said that megabus will operate out of union station in KC?  Anymore on this?


If Chicago is any indication, this looks doubtful.  Chicago Union Station and Amtrak are really pissed at MegaBus for using the sidewalk at Union Station without permission.  They have placed big signs outside warning the bus riders not use the facilities inside Union Station or block the sidewalk for rail customers.

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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by bahua » Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:46 am

Amtrak, though it's technically a private organization, is almost entirely supported by public funds. But the legal basis of their objection is believable.

Union Station, however, is a public space. I was under the impression that it was owned by the city of Chicago.

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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by kard » Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:51 am

i have no idea of the terms of current arrangements, but if megabus were to lease some street front from Union Station then they might get a better reception.
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Re: MegaBus service offers $1 rides from St Louis to Chicago, KC added

Post by dangerboy » Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:55 am

More MegaBus in Chicago and the loses that parent company Stagecoach is seeing on this unsustainable pricing.

http://www.narprail.org/cms/index.php/n ... t_markets/

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