Thursday, 29 November 2012

STAGECOACH EXPANDS MEGABUS.COM NORTH AMERICAN NETWORK TO CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA

Stagecoach Group announced today (28 November 2012) that it is expanding the North American network run by its market-leading budget coach operator megabus.com to the major states of California and Nevada.



  • Budget coach brand to run out of eight new locations
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  • Network now covers 120 destinations in United States and Canada
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  • Expanding low-cost coach service has now created more than 1,000 new jobs

New express coach services will start running from 12 December to eight new locations in the two states, which have a combined population of around 40 million people, with fares starting from $1. here

Bookings are being accepted at www.megabus.com from today, with all fares priced at $1 during the first week of travel from 12 to 19 December.


Services will cover Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Calif., Riverside, Calif., Las Vegas, Sparks/Reno, Nev., Sacramento, Calif., and San Jose, Calif.

The expansion means more than 120 destinations are now covered by megabus.com in the United States and Canada. It comes only six months after Megabus.com launched a new network of routes in Texas.

More than 80 new jobs will be created with megabus.com’s expansion into Nevada and California, bringing to more than 1,000 the total new employment opportunities created by the company since it started services in North America in 2006.

Dale Moser, President and COO of megabus.com in North America, said: "We’ve seen impressive growth across North America. As well as helping connect people across the United States and Canada, we've also created hundreds of new jobs. We are confident that our 21st century double-decker buses with Wi-Fi and power outlets, combined with our outstanding prices, will prove popular with people in California and Nevada."

Megabus.com has also partnered with Clean Air-Cool Planet, a national non-profit organisation that works to reduce carbon emissions and help create a sustainable environment. For every new Facebook friend and Twitter follower added on 28 November, megabus.com will donate $1 to Clean Air-Cool Planet.

More than 22 million customers have travelled with megabus.com in North America since April 2006. Customers can travel on state-of-the-art, green-certified double-decker buses, which are wheelchair accessible and have free Wi-Fi, power outlets, seatbelts and toilets.

In the UK, megabus.com now covers around 60 locations and carries around 5 million passengers a year. Earlier this month, Stagecoach announced a £3.2m investment in a fleet of Britain’s biggest coaches to meet growing demand for its market-leading inter-city travel service.

A fleet of 11 15m-long coaches equipped with free wi-fi will be delivered in December and introduced on megabus.com routes covering Scotland and England. Included in the order is a coach in a special metallic version of the megabus.com livery to mark the 10th anniversary of the budget service in 2013.

megabus.com has also recently launched new European websites to make it easier for people to book its cross-Channel services. The new French and Dutch language websites trade in Euros, making it even easier for passengers from across the Channel to grab a bargain coach ticket.

Stagecoach launched the network of low-cost coach services from the UK to Continental Europe in April this year, running daytime and overnight coach services between its main hub in London and destinations in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Visit www.megabus.com for additional information about the service, schedules, arrival and departure times and fares.

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