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Megabus Returns to West Coast, Downtown LA Union Station Serves as Hub

Megabus returns to the West Coast with initial service starting Dec 12, 2012 from LA to Las Vegas, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose

Back in 2007, Megabus — an economical bus service popular on the East Coast and Europe — started their service in California and Nevada offering their ridiculously low $1 fare (obviously in limited quantities, of course) to popular destinations like Las Vegas, San Francisco, and San Diego. I was one of those who took advantage of the dollar fare taking the new bus service from LA to San Diego for a weekend getaway. You can’t beat a dollar. That’s why I was pretty disappointed to learn when they discontinued their service only about a year later due to low ridership numbers.

However, I believe that Los Angeles has changed quite a bit in the last 5 years. We are slowly but surely revitalizing our urban neighborhoods and creating transit-oriented communities thanks to funding mechanisms like Measure R and shifting political views that favor “elegant density.” Downtown LA — the urban heart of Los Angeles — is finally reaching a critical mass of residents and businesses, which has also helped jump start an urban culture that embraces (or is at least receptive to) walking and transit usage. All these gradual changes, I believe, may be favorable to Megabus returning to the West Coast and reinforces the idea that LA is becoming more urban instead of just suburban. Also, having ridden Megabus between Toronto and Montreal and Philadelphia and Washington DC, I am excited to see them return to LA.

According to the Megabus website, “Megabus.com, which previously served West Coast residents in 2007-2008, has returned based on customer demand,” said Mike Alvich, VP of Marketing and PR for Megabus. “We’ve seen impressive growth throughout North America and are confident that our 21st century double-decker buses with Wi-Fi and power outlets combined with our outstanding prices will be a success among California and Nevada residents.”

Both Los Angeles and San Francisco will serve as hubs for the new West Coast Megabus service. In LA, Union Station will serve as the passenger pick-up spot at the Patsaouras Transit Plaza (the same transit plaza where the LAX Flyaway is as well). To celebrate their inaugural service, the first week starting Dec 12 to Dec 19, 2012 will be $1 fares for all passengers traveling during that time! Currently, LA connects you to Las Vegas, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. Hopefully they’ll add back LA to San Diego in the future as well.

To book a ticket, visit megabus.com

Megabus returns to the West Coast (Photo: megabus.com)

10 Comments

  1. Chris Loos says

    Love Megabus! I used to use them all the time to get from DC to NY. Glad these buses are going to have Wi-Fi…it makes all the difference on a long journey.

  2. Cheaper and better service than Ghettohound. And it actually goes to Union Station (you know, our regional transit hub), as opposed to an isolated building in the worst part of downtown!

    • I agree. Greyhound should relocate their main DTLA station to Union Station instead of 7th/Alameda. It goes without saying but relocating to Union Station lets their passengers transfer to multiple rail and bus lines, accessing most of Los Angeles that isn’t possible from 7th/Alameda.

  3. JOYCE NEWBERRY says

    I AM EXTREMELY INTERESTED IN TRAVELLING MEGABUS TO LAS VEGAS–NOT IMMEDIATELY BUT IN THE NEAR FUTURE. I WOULD ALSO BE INTERESTED IN TRIP TO SACRAMENTO CA. I AM A SENIOR AND KNOW THAT MANY SENIORS WOULD LOVE THIS.

  4. I saw megabus going east on the 10 today around West Covina, I suppose they’re test running it? I’ll be riding it in a month! :)

  5. Try the service from L.A. to Las Vegas, great ride at a great price, especially if you get the $1 tickets!

  6. $1 Megabus Tickets says

    Megabuses are clean and generally on time, it’s a great way to roll considering your other options are generally going to be more expensive, sometimes you can even find a promo code to knock the price down even more.

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