A BoltBus in Portland, Oregon, in 2014
|Slogan||Bolt for a Buck|
|Parent||Northeast: Greyhound Lines & Peter Pan Bus Lines
West Coast: Greyhound Lines
|Founded||March 27, 2008|
350 N St. Paul St
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Service area||Northeastern United States
|Service type||Intercity bus service|
Baltimore; Boston; Cherry Hill; Greenbelt; Newark; New York City; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.
Albany; Bellingham; Eugene; Portland; Seattle; Vancouver
Barstow, Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Oakland; San Francisco; San Jose
70 Prevost X3-45
31 MCI D4505
|Website||Official Web site|
BoltBus is an intercity bus common carrier that operates low cost, non-stop and limited-stop, premium level routes in the northeast and western United States and British Columbia, Canada. In the northeast, BoltBus provides service from New York City and Newark to other cities along the Interstate 95 corridor. BoltBus is owned by Greyhound Lines and routes in the northeast are operated in partnership with Peter Pan Bus Lines. On the west coast, BoltBus service is offered in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, Canada. Routes on the West Coast are owned and operated by Greyhound without a partner.
While BoltBus is owned by Greyhound Lines and uses the company's operating authority, it is run as a distinct business.
The BoltBus network in the northeast radiates from New York City. Buses depart from three street stops in Manhattan and there are different departure points for different lines. Service is currently available between New York City and Boston's South Station Bus Terminal, Washington, D.C.'s Union Station, Baltimore's Penn Station, the Greenbelt Metro station in Greenbelt, Maryland and Philadelphia from both the 30th Street Station in Center City and the Cherry Hill Mall in the suburb of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
On June 23, 2011, BoltBus began providing service from Newark Penn Station to Philadelphia, stopping at John F. Kennedy Blvd and N. 30th St. across the street from the west entrance of the 30th Street Station, and to Boston's 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 and Portland. Service expanded to Vancouver, British Columbia and Bellingham on May 31, 2012 and again on October 3, 2013 with limited service (Thursday through Monday only) to Albany and Eugene.
BoltBus expanded into California on October 31, 2013 offering service between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. The service originally operated between Los Angeles Union Station, San Jose's Diridon Station and the West Oakland BART Station. A stop at San Francisco's Transbay Terminal was added to the route on December 12, 2013. A second route between Los Angeles's Union Station and San Diego was added on November 14, 2013, but was discontinued in January 2014 due to low ridership. BoltBus service was expanded outside of California on December 12, 2013 with a route between Los Angeles Union Station and the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas with a stop in Barstow.
Unlike parent Greyhound, all tickets sold on BoltBus are for reserved seating and buses are not oversold. On each trip, at least one ticket is sold for $1, with most pre-booked tickets priced in the $10–$20 range, via the yield management model. BoltBus sells the $1 tickets at random within the first few seats sold. The $1 fare is the basis for its slogan “Bolt for a Buck”. Since buses don't operate out of traditional stations with ticket windows, 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). When ticketed, passengers are assigned to a boarding group (S, A, B & C). Passengers who purchased their tickets earlier get a better boarding group assignment, allowing them to board the bus and choose their seats earlier. Passengers who are members of the Bolt Rewards program are always assigned to the A boarding group. Passengers who have special needs are assigned to the S boarding group and are allowed to pre-board before other passengers.
BoltBus routes use newer model Prevost X3-45 and MCI D4505 coaches. All motorcoaches are equipped with wireless internet access and leather seats that have armrests, footrests, seat belts, cup holders and most seats have a pair of 120-volt power outlets. The motorcoaches used on BoltBus have 5 fewer seats than the industry standard, giving passengers additional legroom and eliminating the middle seat from the last row.
|2009||0833-0837, 0839-0870||0838 destroyed by fire.|
|Motor Coach Industries||D4505||2010||86344||Transferred from Greyhound.|
|2011||0871-0882, 0884-0885||Owned by Peter Pan Bus Lines. 0883 destroyed by fire.|
|2012||0886||Owned by Motor Coach Industries, replacement unit for 0883.|
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