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BoltBus coming to Boston in April

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  March 10, 2008 12:35 PM

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OK, I won't say I told you so. Last week, I peered into the bottom of my cup, read the coffee grounds and predicted that BoltBus would begin offering low-cost bus service between Boston and New York soon.
Today, the company said that the service would begin in April and that buses would run out of South Station.
BoltBus, a division of Greyhound, specializes in lower-cost fares (they start at $1 one way and go up as seats fill until they hit regular rates) and guaranteed seats, and it offers WiFi and power outlets. It's the same kind of service Vamoose started to launch last year until it ran afoul of ordinances in Boston and Cambridge.
Both companies are looking to compete with Lucky Star and the sometimes-mechanically-challenged Fung Wah, which offer service for a couple bucks less but without the amenities -- or the guaranteed seating (a not insignificant perk).
Dustin Clark of BoltBus says the company hasn't yet determined exactly when the service will begin or how many trips a day it will make.
The Daily Telegraph of London reported this morning that the move by BoltBus was part of a larger battle between the Scottish owner of Greyhound, FirstGroup PLC, and another Scottish rival, Stagecoach Group, which runs the lower-cost Megabus service in the Midwest and West Coast.
So now it appears you will soon have a choice. Competition. Markets. Cheaper ways to get to New York by bus. Isn't that what makes life here in the US of A so wonderful?

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10 comments so far...
  1. Lucky Star Has to be the WORST bus experience i've ever had. They were late to leave, Late to arive. The buses arent santiary. I'd choose Peter Pan or Geyhound anyday over Lucky Star.

    Posted by Gary Lapeirre March 19, 08 01:45 PM
  1. I live in CT. Will they stop anywhere along the way?

    Posted by CT March 25, 08 10:54 PM
  1. I would like to know when and how much this will be when you start to go to
    Boston South. I travel to Boston a lot and would like to become a new customer. I think this is a great idea.

    Posted by valarie jones March 27, 08 09:45 AM
  1. lucky star was alright. every experience ive had has been well "luck" i suppose. ive heard some horror stories. but i did manage to bring my bike by lucky star bus to nyc, then connected by another chinatown bus to philly all in one day without a hitch.

    this boltbus sounds absolutely amazing though. cant wait to try it out!

    Posted by boston April 1, 08 07:13 AM
  1. will there also be hotel packages offered as well as guided tours????

    Posted by suzanne roux April 1, 08 11:39 AM
  1. how much will regular tickets cost? it only mentions here about the $1 fares.

    Posted by temima April 1, 08 04:08 PM
  1. I've gotten quite a few notes asking questions about fares and for more detail. Nicole Wong just wrote a new blog that should answer everyone's questions. Here's the link: http://www.boston.com/travel/blog/2008/03/boltbus_to_laun.html

    Posted by Paul Makishima April 1, 08 04:54 PM
  1. FROM WHAT I READ THE COST IS A DOLLAR UP TO THE REGULAR PRICE WHICH IS WHAT? AND WHEN WILL THE PRICE GO UP ON THAT PARTICULAR RIDE? A SECOND CONCERN. WHAT ABOUT SECURITY. ARE PEOPLE AND BAGS SCANNED OR CHECKED?

    Posted by CHUCK April 3, 08 12:16 PM
  1. What is the schedule. When does the last bus leave N.Y.?

    Posted by jack April 29, 08 03:38 PM
  1. Nice. Check out www.busjunction.com...it's a good place to find tickets on Bolt Bus.

    Posted by Jared July 23, 09 08:50 PM
 
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