Service to the Phoenix area was discontinued in January 2008, followed by services in San Diego and San Ysidro in March 2008. Megabus, branded as megabus.com, is an intercity bus service of Coach USA/Coach Canada and DATTCO (under contract) operating in the eastern, southern, midwestern and western United States, and in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. [66], Megabus is a low cost, "no-frills" intercity bus service launched in the United Kingdom by Stagecoach in 2003, on 10 April 2006 in the United States, and in 2009 within Canada. Toilets have been added to the fleet, enabling Megabus to eliminate toilet stops. [1], On April 10, 2006, Stagecoach Group, operator of Megabus (Europe), introduced the Megabus brand in the United States through its Coach USA subsidiary with daily routes between Chicago and Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, St Louis, Ann Arbor, Columbus, Louisville, Toledo, Detroit, Kansas City, Minneapolis and State College.[2]. Its early success allowed Stagecoach to take advantage of the privatisation of the national bus groups. Services also began between Indianapolis and Cincinnati. [19] In December 2013, Stagecoach bought King's Lynn based Norfolk Green. Fares use a yield management model, formerly starting at £1. Megabus service began with used Motor Coach Industries 102EL3 Renaissance coaches, often transferred from other Coach USA operations, with some services utilizing Chicago- and Wisconsin Coach Lines buses. The Transport Act 1980, which freed express services of 35 miles and over from regulation by the Traffic Commissioner, brought new opportunities for the company and services were launched from Dundee to London using second-hand Neoplan coaches. New budget coach services are now operating out of Omaha, Memphis, St Louis and Boston, bringing to 64 the total number of locations covered in North America from the company’s six key hubs. In 2009, the Megabusplus concept was introduced, under which certain trips are begun on a train and are then completed on a bus. [17], Columbia, Missouri was added with one stop daily in each direction on the Chicago-St. Louis-Kansas City route; it was discontinued in September 2015.[18]. A notable exception to this is the use of London Victoria Coach Station. [53] In November 2011, Megabus began operating from the bus deck in Union Station. The final day for services from Los Angeles was June 22, 2008. It was later extended to some Virgin Trains services (since withdrawn) and to selected East Midlands Trains services. [37], On September 8, 2010, service was stopped between Philadelphia and Atlantic City due to low ridership. Service was extended to Anaheim on December 6, 2014. Megabus is a long distance coach operator operated by the Stagecoach Group. In November 2005, the business was sold to Infratil and rebranded as NZ Bus.[56]. Service operates to the Pennsylvania cities of Harrisburg, State College and Pittsburgh, as well as to Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, New York City, Toronto and Washington, D.C.[48][49], In 2013, Megabus added service to and from Newark, Delaware from Philadelphia en route to Washington, D.C.[50], Megabus began operating to/from Washington D.C. on December 15, 2010. Stagecoach Express – an express coach service that operates mainly between towns and cities where Stagecoach operate. Megabus, branded as megabus.com, is an intercity bus service of Coach USA/Coach Canada and DATTCO (under contract) operating in the eastern, southern, midwestern and western United States, and in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.. It ceased operation in April 1996. Stagecoach is the UK’s biggest bus and coach operator. The Danish operations never proved profitable, and were sold to Combus in autumn of 1997. In the United States, services radiate from Chicago and New York City, but the networks are not connected. Megabus offers safe, convenient, affordable bus service. In 2000, OutRage! Service to/from Hartford was added December 4, 2008, but withdrawn on September 14, 2009.[31]. By 2012, only the Manchester Magic Bus remained, these being upgraded from Volvo Olympians and Dennis Dragons to Alexander ALX400 and East Lancs bodied Dennis Trident 2s. [21][22], In 1999 Stagecoach purchased the school bus operations of Sunbus in the Cairns, Ipswich and Sunshine Coast regions of Queensland. On March 27, 2008, a new route was added, Chicago-Champaign-Memphis, offering 2 daily trips in each direction. [13] Stagecoach were also active in the rail industry,having a 49% stake in Virgin Rail Group. In June 2012, Megabus announced service from Chicago to Detroit via Grand Rapids and East Lansing beginning July 12. On its west coast routes, Megabus operates almost exclusively from either commuter rail stations or transfer stations for local transit buses. [11], Following the sale of its London bus operations to Macquarie Bank in 2006, Stagecoach UK Bus concentrated on the bus market outside the UK capital, focusing on organic growth and exploring acquisition options. Introduced in Canada in August 2009, megabus services are provided in partnership with Coach Canada, offering premier intercity motorcoach service at … [83], The Stagecoach Group number their buses using a system that applies for the life of the bus or until it is sold, as follows:[84], Stagecoach operate buses along the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway. [16] In November 2009 the Competition Commission ordered Stagecoach to sell Preston Bus after it had adversely affected competition in the area. In October 1998 a consortium of investors led by Karanja Kabage as chairman acquired Kenya Bus Services Limited from Stagecoach Holdings which owned 95% of the business. It was first used in red lettering on ex London Regional Transport AEC Routemasters, otherwise painted in Stagecoach stripes, in competition in Glasgow. In 2014 and 2015, Megabus added … [67], On 14 November 2005, the Megabus concept was extended to certain rail services, with the introduction of Megatrain between London and Southampton, and London and Portsmouth, using a dedicated carriage on selected South West Trains services. Ann's brother, Brian Souter, an accountant, joined the firm and expanded the business into bus hire. There were 5 other violations of local laws. Its main rival in the UK is National Express, who have had to lower their prices to compete with Megabus. The Canadian buses are pooled with the US fleet for NYC-Toronto or Philadelphia-Toronto runs, with drivers swapping at Buffalo to stay within their certified country. [44][45], Megabus also announced a route between Pittsburgh and Ann Arbor, starting March 14, 2012. In September 2005 Stagecoach and ComfortDelGro announced a joint venture in the provision of express coach services in Scotland, ending intense competition between ComfortDelGro's subsidiary Scottish Citylink and Stagecoach subsidiaries Megabus and Motorvator. Stagecoach left the long-distance express coach market in 1988 when it sold its operations to National Express. [69] The National Transportation Safety Board conducted a six-month study and found that while bus travel was considerably safer than by car, curbside buses had seven times the fatality rates of traditional bus lines. [57], In April 2017, the company began service between Washington D.C. and Virginia Beach. In early 2010, Champaign/Memphis route was cut to one daily round-trip due to poor ridership, but the second round trip has since been restored. The name of Rodoviária de Lisboa survived as part of the Barraqueiro bus company, but another part, serving the area to the west of Lisbon, became Stagecoach Portugal in 1995. On 27 October 1999, Stagecoach revealed that it was going to sell Swebus to Concordia Bus for £100m, to refocus its bus operation on the United States and Asia.[65]. image caption Stagecoach-owned Megabus.com covers more than 100 North American cities Stagecoach has announced it is investing more than … It was sold to a management buyout before being purchased by Stagecoach in August 1996. When Stagecoach took over the system, it was struggling, both financially and in terms of attracting passengers, but it is now an extremely popular and successful operation. [44], Virgin Rail Group operated the CrossCountry franchise as Virgin CrossCountry from January 1997[45] until November 2007 when it passed to Arriva. All of the Canada fleet is equipped with electrical outlets and Wi-Fi. Citi – some urban networks have received Citi branding, such as Cambridge, Exeter & Peterborough; although much of this brand has now been withdrawn. [23], In December 2018, it was announced that private equity house, Variant would acquire Stagecoach Group's US division for $271 million. Megabus operates primarily in the Midwest servicing more than 50 cities in the region, in particular, in Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, etc. This can now be done online or by phone. It is to launch an extension to the route on 16 December, which will link Brussels with Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich. In the US, Megabus/Eastern Shuttle's main rival is BoltBus, which is 50% owned by Stagecoach rival FirstGroup. Under the terms of the joint venture, the Stagecoach Group acquires a 35% stake in Scottish Citylink Coaches Ltd, with Citylink assuming certain rights to the Megabus and Motorvator brands in Scotland. [55], Stagecoach New Zealand was a wholly owned part of the Stagecoach Group, which provided bus services in Auckland, Wellington and the Hutt Valley and nine ferry routes in Auckland. ", "Megabus.com Expands Washington D.C. Service To and From 10 Cities", "Megabus.com Expands Toronto Service to/from Washington D.C.", "Union Station to become intercity bus center", "MegaBus brings daily routes from Christiansburg to DC and Knoxville", "Megabus.com Expands Service to Morgantown", "Megabus is coming to Virginia Beach and a Norfolk stop is in the works", "Megabus to Begin Express Service from Charlottesville to D.C.", "$1 Express Bus Service From L.A. To Bay Area and Vegas is Back! In the UK, the Megabus network covers most of the island of Great Britain, although some routes offer only one journey per day. It also operates Megabus which serves 130 destinations in several Eastern, Southern and Midwestern states, as well as California and Nevada. [20] In March 2015, Virgin Trains East Coast, in which Stagecoach held a 90% shareholding, commenced operating the InterCity East Coast franchise. But Megabus is owned by Stagecoach, a company based in Scotland (although the American arm was flogged off to a private equity firm in April 2019). [7][8], In April 2019, Stagecoach Group sold its North American operations, including Megabus, to Variant Equity Advisors. The Guide wheels on the side of the buses, combined with a specially built track mean that hands free driving is possible. Megabus.com is an online express bus operator, owned by Independent Bus Company, Inc. Service was introduced in the United States on Monday, April 10, 2006, with their first hub located in Chicago, IL.Passengers were able to book on the Megabus website starting on March 22, 2006. The centre of each operating region is shown in parentheses. [23][24] On November 18, 2012, it was announced that customers would also be able to be served in Dallas downtown area as well as the Grand Prairie location. This was "predatory, deplorable and against the public interest" according to findings from the Monopolies & Mergers Commission. Stagecoach is controlled, in part, by one Brian Souter. [77], In 2006/07 Stagecoach Manchester and UK North engaged in a bus war on route 192 and on the Wilmslow Road bus corridor that caused traffic chaos in Manchester. [39] A Brattleboro stop was added in September 2016. [18] In August 2011, Stagecoach sold its Manchester Metrolink concession to RATP Group halfway through its ten-year contract to operate the network. [5][6] In April 2000 Stagecoach sold Porterbrook to Abbey National for £773 million. spokesman Peter Tatchell, called for a boycott of the bus and rail group. Stagecoach Group is a transport group based in Perth, Scotland. Canadian buses will turn off their WiFi at the US border and American buses will turn off WiFi upon entering Canada. On these runs the buses will typically only have Wi-Fi service available in the home country for the bus being used; i.e. On April 4, 2013, service was discontinued for the Oklahoma state and Missouri state stops via Dallas. [68], In September 2005 Stagecoach and ComfortDelGro announced a joint venture in the provision of express coach services in Scotland, ending intense competition between ComfortDelGro's subsidiary Scottish Citylink and Stagecoach subsidiaries Megabus and Motorvator. This is to avoid incurring roaming charges from the cellular carriers that provide the internet service. Fares use a yield management model, formerly starting at £1. [2][3], Successfully competing against the then state-owned National Express Coaches and Scottish Citylink, the company grew significantly between 1981 and 1985, when Stagecoach entered local bus operation with the acquisition of McLennan of Spittalfield, near Perth. [53][54], In November 1991 Stagecoach Holdings Limited (as it was named then), bought United Transport's shareholding in Kenya Bus Services Limited. Passengers also have the option to connect to other Megabus routes in Memphis, from Dallas; and to New Orleans, from Houston. [59], Megabus re-entered California on December 12, 2012, serving San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose Sacramento, Reno, Riverside and Los Angeles. Stagecoach-owned megabus.com has introduced a new stop at Manchester airport. Stagecoach had owned Coach USA since 2017. In 1990, the nationalised Rodoviária Nacional was split into ten components. CoachUSA is a subsidiary of Stagecoach Group plc, which is headquartered in Perth, Scotland. In accordance with ADA regulations, wheelchair-accessible service is available on all lines (although most service is operated with true-low-floor double-deck coaches). 90000 – 99999: pool cars, staff transport vehicles, etc. [60], In California and Nevada, Megabus operates almost exclusively from either commuter rail stations or transfer stations for local transit buses. Niagara Falls and Hartford were later withdrawn although service to Hartford resumed in 2010. It tends not to compete with National Express like Megabus, and in some cases tickets are available through the National Express website. [41], In July 2018, Megabus restarted service between Cleveland and New York City.[42]. In June 2008, Coach Canada began offering tickets from C$1 on its route between Toronto and Montreal, using the same yield management model. [80][81][82], The Stagecoach Group has also indirectly attracted criticism through controversial statements and actions made by its chairman and co-founder, Brian Souter, regarding certain public statements and his funding of a campaign to block the repeal of the Section 28 law. This expansion came as Megabus exited from the West Coast market. The North American business is currently owned by Stagecoach Group, the Scotland-based international public transport group which operates buses, coaches, trams and trains and has around 31,000 employees in the UK and North America. In June 2001 Stagecoach announced the sale of their Portuguese operations to ScottURB for £14 million. It previously had extensive operations in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. [54] Service between Washington and Christiansburg, VirginiaKnoxville and Atlanta also started on December 15, 2010. [8] Stagecoach took another turn in 1998, when it purchased Scotland's Prestwick Airport for £41 million. [39] This system was the first modern tram system in the United Kingdom, opening just before the Sheffield system in 1992. In 2007, Coach USA updated its Chicago-based Megabus fleet with new MCI J4500 single-deck and Van Hool TD925 double-deck motorcoaches. The operator already operates services between Brussels and Cologne. Stagecoach SimpliBus operates in the East Midlands. If you click continue below we will assume that you are happy to accept the Stagecoach … [47], Starting July 21, 2010, Megabus began operating service to/from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. Megabus.com, owned by Stagecoach Group (which owns Coach USA and Coach Canada), offers a fleet of single- and double-deck buses equipped with wi-fi, electric outlets and panoramic window views. A new route also began service to and from Albany. Megabus offer low cost journeys between UK towns and cities which can be booked on-line. In May 2008, Megabus expanded to the Northeastern United States with a fleet of mostly brand-new Motor Coach Industries D4505 coaches, several new Van Hool TD925-double decker buses, and some buses purchased secondhand or transferred from the Chicago fleet. All services were moved from the Royal York Hotel to the Toronto Coach terminal. Megabus (England & Wales) routes are mainly run by either Stagecoach (South Wales) or Stagecoach (Midlands) vehicles, with the exception of Norwich services (Freestones Coaches), London-Gloucester, London-Plymouth/Falmouth, Gatwick-Cardiff, Bristol-Barnstaple, Bristol-Nottingham, most of London-Bristol and certain London-Cardiff services (South Gloucestershire Bus & Coach). In the capital, Lisbon, Rodoviária de Lisboa was the chief operator outside the city itself, where Carris provided city bus and tram services. As of November 2008, the company was running 14 daily New York City-Washington, DC trips.[30]. 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