BoltBus Prevost X3-45 in New York City
|Slogan||Bolt for a Buck|
|Parent||Northeast: Greyhound Lines & Peter Pan Bus Lines
West Coast: Greyhound Lines
350 North Saint Paul Street
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Service area||Northeastern United States
|Service type||Intercity coach service|
Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Cherry Hill, NJ; Greenbelt, MD; Newark, NJ; New York City, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC
Albany, OR; Bellingham, WA; Eugene, OR; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Vancouver, BC
Los Angeles, CA; Oakland, CA; San Diego, CA; San Jose, CA
|Website||Official Web site|
BoltBus is an intercity bus service which operates in the northeastern and western United States and British Columbia, Canada. Its northeastern operation is a joint venture between Greyhound Lines and Peter Pan Bus Lines providing service from New York City and Newark, NJ to other cities in the northeastern United States along the Interstate 95 corridor. Its west coast operation is owned directly by Greyhound and offer services in the Pacific Northwest (Vancouver, British Columbia - Seattle - Portland, Oregon) and in California (Los Angeles - San Jose/Oakland & Los Angeles - San Diego). BoltBus utilizes the existing operating authority of Greyhound Lines, although it is run as a distinct business.
The BoltBus network in the northeast radiates from New York City from street stops near New York Penn Station, although there are different departure points for different lines. Service is currently available between New York City and Washington, D.C.'s Union Station, Baltimore's Penn Station, the Greenbelt Metro station in Greenbelt, Maryland, Philadelphia at 30th Street Station and suburban Cherry Hill, New Jersey (Cherry Hill Mall), and Boston's South Station Bus Terminal.
On March 24, 2011, BoltBus expanded its service into Newark, New Jersey. It began providing service from Newark Penn Station to Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C.'s Union Station.
On June 23, 2011, BoltBus began providing service from Newark Penn Station to Philadelphia, stopping at John F. Kennedy Boulevard and N. 30th St. across the street from the west entrance of the 30th Street Station, and to Boston South Station. Schedules on this route originate and terminate in Boston and Philadelphia with an intermediary stop in Newark.
On May 17, 2012, BoltBus expanded to the Pacific Northwest, offering service between Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Service expanded to Vancouver, British Columbia and Bellingham on May 31, 2012 and again to Southern Oregon on October 3, 2013 making stops in Albany and Eugene.
BoltBus expanded its service into California on October 31, 2013 offering service between Union Station in Los Angeles, Diridon Station in San Jose and the West Oakland BART Station in Oakland. Service in Southern California was expanded again on November 14, 2013 with service between Los Angeles Union Station and San Diego.
Unlike parent Greyhound, all tickets sold on BoltBus are for reserved seating and buses are not oversold. On each trip, at least one seat is offered at $1, with most seats sold in the $20–$40 range, via the yield management model. The $1 fare is the basis for its slogan “Bolt for a Buck”. Since buses don't operate out of stations passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets either online or on the phone before heading to the bus stop, but drivers will also accept cash from "walk-up" passengers, if space is available (walk-up tickets typically cost 30% more than online fares). Passengers are assigned to a boarding group which means the passengers who purchased their tickets earlier, get to board the bus and choose their seats earlier. Members of Bolt Rewards are always allowed to board with the first group.
BoltBus routes use newer model Prevost X3-45 and MCI D4505 coaches. All motorcoaches are equipped with wireless Internet access by WAAV, Inc. and leather seats that have armrests, footrests, seat belts and 120V power outlets (at most seats). The motorcoaches used on BoltBus have had 5 seats removed, giving passengers additional legroom and eliminating the middle seat from the last row.
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