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Megabus Service LA to SF, OAK, SJ, Reno, Riverside, LV $1 each way

clumsybunny 249 November 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM in Travel (3)
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http://us.megabus.com/.aspx
Daily express, city-to-city bus service with free Wi-Fi from $1
All seats for travel during Dec.12-19 to/from newest cities will be $1
Company returns to West Coast based on customer demand

NEW YORK, NY (November 28, 2012) – Megabus.com, the first city-to-city, express bus company with fares from $1, today announced expansion to California and Nevada. California and Nevada residents can now travel express to/from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Calif., Riverside, Calif., Las Vegas, Sparks/Reno, Nev., Sacramento, Calif., and San Jose, Calif. for as low as $1. Frequent daily service will begin Dec. 12, and customers can begin booking travel at www.megabus.com today.
Fares start as low as $1 every day and increase gradually as the traveling date gets closer. Customers are encouraged to book early to secure $1 fares.

“Express bus service from new hubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles is another way megabus.com keeps Americans connected,” said Mike Alvich, megabus.com’s vice president of marketing and public relations. "As California and Nevada residents continue to look for ways to stretch their dollar, megabus.com is committed to safe, affordable travel during this holiday season and beyond.”

To celebrate the new service, during first week of travel Dec. 12-19, all tickets will be $1. Megabus.com always offers fares as low as $1, with many other affordable fares on all of its services.

I searched thru any dates in Dec and it seems like all the routes are $1. Total price is $2.50 RT YMMV.

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#31
Wow, never thought I'd be caught dead in a bus, yet here we are.
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#32
Quote from ohmyyikes View Post :
I heard theres talks of an express train that goes from SF to LA to SD to VEGAS. Just engineering lingo...heard it from my boss. Big Grin

There has been talk for 30 years about an express train to Vegas from LA. It will never happen. The last thing California wants to do is spend billions of dollars building a more efficient and quicker way to send Californian money to Nevada. Even if Las Vegas and Nevada put up all the money for it I would bet that California would fight it. T'ain't gonna happen.shake head
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Quote from steven99 View Post :
It has nothing to do with can do attitude and more to do with regulations, landowners rights, and legal challenges. China is basically what the US was back in the 1800's and the industrial revolution, you want to build it, everybody whose in the way of a development must move. Forget about the environment, forget about building the most safest structure, we need to build it ASAP even if safety is ignored. If there was a Chinese company that tried to build it they would face the same type of regulations here in the US. Not to mention a huge part of the delays is also in implementing the latest seismic safety standards so that the thing won't just fall apart in the event of an earthquake. I would hate to be in one of those Chinese buildings in China when the big one happens.
Yes, I agree. The Chinese government will literally uproot whole villages & blow apart mountains to get its infrastructure, dams, and rail way constructed. For the U.S., it's the way it is because of all of the environmentalists, critics, and various groups that file law suits to stop it's advancement. So, it costs even more to build the same technology here. The argument that the U.S. is too expansive for high speed rail is already proven false since China is able to do it and it is a very large country, but I also wouldn't trust shoddy construction in China.

S. Korea on the other hand is very advanced in construction and safety. High speed rail in S. Korea took about 12 years (completed in 2004) and it's worked wonders in boosting businesses along its line. It's viable for people to commute to and from work from farther away. However, a side effect is that it has left a dozen local air ports as virtual ghost towns.
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#34
How do they make money?!
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Quote from ohmyyikes View Post :
Can't wait!!! Love to go up north to watch my Giants play! I'd pay less than airfare of course, $75 roundtrip sounds good and I don't have to be up in the air!!! When is this high speed train happening!!!!! bounce

huh, you might have to wait a little while, say like 20 years if everything goes as scheduled which they never do. My guess is more like 30 years if it ever gets finished, most likely they will spend a couple of billion dollars only to cancel the project in about 12-15 years. Of course a few individuals will get filthy rich off of it before the tax payers get completely fed up with it.

Quote from martin8me View Post :
How do they make money?!

Volume! Volume! Volume!Big Grin
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Quote from travfar View Post :
That's what baffles me about the US now. The metro "subway" line in SF will take about 20 years to build as well. China built like 5 new subway lines in Shanghai in 2 years. They will build another 11 in the next 7-8 years. If China was to build the rail system for us, it would take 1-2 years and be under budget and on time. They offered to. Our pride got in the way and we declined. So instead of having a highspeed train in a couple of years, we'll have to wait 20 years if not much much more.

There was a time we were a "can do" country. We used to finish skyscrapers in a year back in the day. I remember those times. Now it takes us 10 years just to break ground.
Not to get too far off track, but China also had a huge crash with their HSR line and basically dug a whole next to the track, burned it and buried it, paying restitution of a few thousand dollars to family members of the lost.
IMO, high speed rail trains in CA will be built by foreigners (many from asia), no domestic firm meet the cut and I think there is one US based firm that made the 5 finalist for initiating the construction of the rail lines themselves. This train at best will be a slow speed diesel in the next two decades, a trip of under 3 hrs SF to LA would require over $100B (when voters approved $20B) and has no funding source in site.
As far as the topic, buses will probably be the cheapest form of transportation between SF and LA for decades to come.
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#37
How much are their usual rates? (Say from San Francisco to Sacramento or Sparks)

I realize that their prices go up closer to the date, but let's say I want to go to Sacramento tomorrow. What's a ballpark estimate for the rates I could expect?
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Quote from playfulcoyote View Post :
There has been talk for 30 years about an express train to Vegas from LA. It will never happen. The last thing California wants to do is spend billions of dollars building a more efficient and quicker way to send Californian money to Nevada. Even if Las Vegas and Nevada put up all the money for it I would bet that California would fight it. T'ain't gonna happen.shake head
The XpressWest [xpresswest.com] LA-Vegas rail line is set to open an interim line next year but is not that fast or cheap
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#39
One last question before I pull the trigger. Do these buses have outlets?

If so, I'd have no trouble grinding away on my games for 8 hours per trip.
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#40
What's the business plan here? I mean how is $1 fares going to work. Is it just for a very limited time?

One note. Luggage is very limited, but for $1 who cares. http://us.megabus.com/luggage-allowance.aspx
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#41
you can always go on the party train next year.. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/201...77646.html

I bought a bus ticket to vegas earlier in the morning and already a lot of the times are sold out..
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Quote from TofuVic View Post :
It varies from your location to your destination, of course. A trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles obviously won't take as long as from San Francisco to Sacramento. =P

From San Francisco to Los Angeles, it takes approximately 7 hours and 40 minutes.

Hope this helps,
Tofu Vic
When Megabus was running a couple years back, I took it a few times. It never took that long to get there. One time, the driver was super scary and drove 80+ while swerving around to pass slower cars. Our break at Burger King was really short (I was afraid he drove off a few passengers short), and we made it from SJ to LA in less than 4 hours. Hope they hire that guy back:-D.

*edit* Oh yeah, and when I took it, it cost about $30 or so a ride. Very reasonable, but never $1. This deal is sweet.
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#43
Do you normally see a house in the middle of highway [inquisitr.com]in US?



Quote from UnimatrixZero View Post :
Yes, I agree. The Chinese government will literally uproot whole villages & blow apart mountains to get its infrastructure, dams, and rail way constructed. For the U.S., it's the way it is because of all of the environmentalists, critics, and various groups that file law suits to stop it's advancement. So, it costs even more to build the same technology here. The argument that the U.S. is too expansive for high speed rail is already proven false since China is able to do it and it is a very large country, but I also wouldn't trust shoddy construction in China.

S. Korea on the other hand is very advanced in construction and safety. High speed rail in S. Korea took about 12 years (completed in 2004) and it's worked wonders in boosting businesses along its line. It's viable for people to commute to and from work from farther away. However, a side effect is that it has left a dozen local air ports as virtual ghost towns.
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#44
Time to take a shopping trip from Sac to SF. Saves $40 gas, toll fees, and parking. woot
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#45
Thanks!
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