Megabus (North America)
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A Megabus Van Hool TD925 coach lays over by NY Penn Station.
|Slogan||Low cost daily express bus service to and from (hub city)|
|Parent||Coach USA/Coach Canada
(some buses are owned by DATTCO)
|Service area|| USA
|Service type||Intercity coach service|
|Stops||See list below|
|Destinations||See list below|
|Fleet||MCI single-deck coaches
Van Hool single- and double-deck coaches
|Chief executive||Dale Moser|
us.megabus.com (USA)ca.megabus.com (Canada)
Megabus, branded on buses as megabus.com, is an intercity bus service of Coach USA/Coach Canada and DATTCO (a non-Stagecoach company, under contract) providing discount travel services since 2006, operating throughout the eastern and western United States and in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Megabus is notable for using curbside bus stops instead of traditional stations, low fares starting at $1, and in recent years, operating a point-to-point network of routes with buses making few stops en route to their destination.
- 1 History
- 2 Service overview
- 3 Fleet
- 4 Hubs
- 5 Routes
- 6 Megabus stop locations
- 7 Incidents and accidents
- 8 Discontinued services
- 9 See also
- 10 Further reading
- 11 References
- 12 External links
An established brand for no-frills service in the United Kingdom since 2003, Stagecoach Group, through subsidiary Coach USA, introduced the Megabus brand in March 2006. On March 22, 2006, Megabus started taking bookings for new routes in the United States (service began on April 10, 2006), with a network of services based in Chicago with daily routes to Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, St. Louis, Ann Arbor, Columbus, Louisville, Toledo, Detroit, Kansas City, Minneapolis, and State College, Pennsylvania.
On August 8, 2007, Megabus introduced service to the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Tempe, Arizona, using Coach America as a contractor. In its first foray into California, ridership was sluggish and Megabus started to discontinue services from the Los Angeles hub in early 2008. Service to the Phoenix area was discontinued in January 2008, followed by services in San Diego and San Ysidro in March 2008. In May 2008, Megabus made the decision to shut down its Los Angeles hub and discontinue all related services, stating that "(I)n this case, the ridership trends aren't growing fast enough." The final day for services from Los Angeles was June 22, 2008. Megabus would re-enter the market in 2012, after reacquiring some of the assets of Coach America (Coach America had been part of Coach USA prior to a major divestiture in 2003).
While Megabus withdrew from California, it expanded in the Northeast in late May 2008, when Megabus began service from a hub in New York City, with service to Albany, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.. Further expansions included service to Syracuse, Rochester, Hartford, and Niagara Falls, Ontario (Niagara Falls and Hartford were later withdrawn). In Spring 2009, while Eastern Shuttle was under Coach USA ownership, runs were added to Megabus under the Eastern Shuttle name, after Coach USA purchased two Chinatown bus companies in late 2008 and early 2009, significantly increasing capacity. Later in 2009, the Megabus concept was expanded to Toronto and Montreal, and the Chinatown bus companies acquired by Coach USA were sold to independent interests. Megabus expanded deeper into Pennsylvania and the Southeast in 2009 and 2010.
Since 2010 Megabus has focused on transitioning from a traditional spoke-and-hub system, to a point-to-point network of routes with buses making few stops en route to their destination and operating only a few hubs.
Megabus returned to the west coast on December 12, 2012 initially serving San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Reno, Riverside, and Los Angeles. On its west coast routes, Megabus operates almost exclusively from either commuter rail stations or transfer stations for local transit buses.
Megabus fares start from 1.00 USD or CAD, with a booking fee of 0.50 USD or CAD on the internet. Megabus follows the yield management model, typically used by airlines, where the lowest fares are offered to those who book early (normally, only two seats are sold for 1.00 per schedule), so the less popular schedules tend to be less expensive. In order to keep costs down, Megabus has no waiting rooms and no bus terminals and picks up at curbside on public streets, or in parking lots. Stops may be outside railroad stations or transportation centers in major cities, or on college campuses or at shopping centers in other cities.
Tickets must be purchased in advance via the website or by telephone (in Canada, through the website only). Upon purchase, passengers are given a reservation number which they show the bus operator when they board. In the United States, tickets are not available from the bus operator. In Canada, owing to franchise regulations, tickets are sold at stops at a fixed price (generally higher than purchasing the ticket through the website).
The Megabus fleet can be identified by the megabus.com name on the front and sides in yellow against a blue base, and the Megabus logo on the left side of the coach (facing forward) and rear of the bus. The DATTCO fleet used for Megabus service is also decaled with Megabus logos (but with a DATTCO logo instead of a Coach USA logo).
Upon its introduction, Megabus service began with used MCI 102EL3 Renaissance coaches, often transferred from other Coach USA operations, with some services utilizing Chicago- and Milwaukee-based Coach USA buses. In 2007, Coach USA updated its Chicago-based Megabus fleet with new MCI J4500 single-deck and Van Hool TD925 double-deck motorcoaches.
In May 2008, Megabus expanded to the Northeast market, with a fleet of mostly brand-new MCI D4505 coaches, a number of new Van Hool TD925-double decker buses, and some buses purchased secondhand or transferred from the Chicago fleet. This expansion came as Megabus exited from the West Coast market. Further expansion in the Northeast came in the fall and winter of 2008-2009, when additional double-decker buses were delivered, resulting in much of the single-deck buses being transferred to sister operation Eastern Shuttle, pushing many of the EL3s to retirement. The fleet transferred to Eastern Shuttle was eventually returned to mainline Coach USA duty following divestiture a few months later.
All Megabus coaches branded as such in the United States are equipped with Wi-Fi and electrical outlets.
In accordance with ADA regulations, wheelchair-accessible service is available on all lines with 48 hours advance notice (although most service is operated with true-low-floor double-deck coaches). This can now be done online or by phone.
The Canadian Megabus fleet consists of 15 2009 TD925 buses and are operated by Trentway-Wagar. All of the Canada fleet is equipped with electrical outlets and Wi-Fi. The Canadian buses are pooled with the US fleet for NYC-Toronto or Philadelphia-Toronto runs, with drivers swapping at Buffalo to stay within their certified country. Note that on these runs the buses will typically only have WiFi service available in the home country for the bus being used; i.e. Canadian buses will turn off their WiFi at the US border and American buses will turn off WiFi upon entering Canada. This is to avoid incurring roaming charges from the cellular carriers that provide the internet service.
Megabus service in the United States and Canada operates primarily as a hub-and-spoke model in the Midwest and as a network of point-to-point routes along the East and West Coasts. Northeastern service uses New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. as hub cities. There is a separate hub in Chicago, and a hub in Pittsburgh that allows connection from the Chicago routes to the east-coast routes by changing buses. A new hub opened in Atlanta in November 2011.
Megabus announced the creation of their first southeastern United States hub, in Atlanta, on October 25, 2011. In November 16, 2011, Megabus began operations out of its Atlanta hub, located at the Civic Center MARTA Station in Downtown Atlanta.
Initially, Megabus began service from Atlanta to Chattanooga, Nashville, Knoxville, Montgomery, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Orlando, Memphis, Birmingham, Charlotte, Durham, Mobile, Richmond, and Washington, D.C. Megabus now also serves Athens and New Orleans. In addition, passengers are able to link to northeastern US Megabus service through Knoxville and Charlotte, and link to Midwestern Megabus services through Memphis and Nashville.
Megabus also has a bus line linking Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville together, started on March 14, 2012 
Megabus in the U.S. began operations on April 10, 2006 with routes between Chicago and Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and St. Louis, from a hub on the curb next to Chicago Union Station. (Megabus passengers are prohibited from waiting in the station unless they are using other companies' services.) Services also began between Indianapolis and Cincinnati. A service that was initially offered between Indianapolis and Columbus was later withdrawn due to low ridership, but has since been reinstated and currently operates.
On September 11, 2006, a stop in Toledo was added on the route operating between Chicago and Cleveland. Additional services were added on April 2, 2007: a stop in Ann Arbor along the Chicago-Detroit route for travel to and from Chicago, new service between Minneapolis and Milwaukee, an extension of the Chicago-Toledo-Cleveland route into Pittsburgh (since withdrawn on the Midwest network, but later re-entered on the Northeast network), an extension of the Chicago-St. Louis route into Kansas City, reactivation of the Chicago-Indianapolis-Columbus route, new service between Cincinnati and Columbus, and new service between Chicago and Louisville via Indianapolis (since withdrawn).
On March 13, 2008 a stop was added in Madison, Wisconsin on the twice daily Chicago-Minneapolis route. The Chicago-Minneapolis route operating via Milwaukee service gained a second daily bus. Also, Columbia, Missouri was added with one stop daily in each direction on the Chicago-St. Louis-Kansas City route. On March 27, 2008, a new route was added, Chicago-Champaign-Memphis, offering 2 daily trips in each direction. In early 2010, Champaign/Memphis route was cut to one daily round-trip due to poor ridership, but the second round trip has since been restored.
Later in 2008, Megabus expanded service to Minneapolis to four daily departures, but also announced the cancellation of overnight schedules mid-week on routes to Ohio and Memphis. Early in 2009, these midweek overnight schedules were restored, only to be pulled again in summer 2009.
On August 17, 2011, Megabus started service to Omaha via Des Moines and Iowa City; twice-daily departures and arrivals from Omaha and an increase to four daily departures and arrivals from Des Moines and Iowa City.
On March 14, 2012, Megabus started service from Chicago to Nashville via Indianapolis and Louisville.
In June 2012 Megabus announced service from Chicago to Detroit via Grand Rapids and East Lansing beginning July 12.
On May 31, 2012, Megabus announced new service to be effective June 19, 2012, entering into a new hub in Grand Prairie, Texas to serve the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. From Dallas, passengers had options to travel to Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Little Rock, Memphis, Norman, Oklahoma City, Springfield, and St. Louis. Passengers also have the option to connect to other Megabus routes in Memphis, from Dallas; and to New Orleans, from Houston. On November 18, 2012, it is was announced that customers would also be able to be served in Dallas downtown area as well as the Grand Prairie location. They received the necessary permissions in order to start on the following Monday. On April 4, 2013, service was discontinued for the Oklahoma state and Missouri state stops via Dallas. Dallas-to-St. Louis is now only accessible via routing through Memphis.
New York hub
On May 30, 2008 Megabus began East Coast operations with service to and from Atlantic City (operated by Academy Bus), Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, and Buffalo and Toronto. Service to Baltimore was added after negotiations over the usage of the White Marsh Park & Ride were concluded. On June 6, a once-daily service was added to Binghamton for travel to and from Buffalo and Toronto.
On all routes except for the Atlantic City route, Megabus competes directly with various discount bus operators, including Greyhound and Peter Pan's BoltBus service, Washington Deluxe, Vamoose Bus, other Chinatown bus lines, and the NeOn service offered by Greyhound Canada and Adirondack Trailways.
During fall 2008, the New York City-Washington, DC line was expanded to 14 northbound and 13 southbound trips, with all service now stopping in Baltimore. Additional departures were also added on Fridays and Sundays to and from Boston.
In December 2008, service to Binghamton, which had been operating only to Buffalo and Toronto, was dropped in favor of service to Syracuse, Rochester, and Niagara Falls (Ontario). A new route also began service to and from Albany. Both revised services offer four trips daily (up from two on the Toronto line), with a fifth Buffalo-Toronto express overnight trip also offered. All services were moved from the Royal York Hotel to the Toronto Coach terminal. Hartford was also added on the M22 route in December 2008, with service to Boston or New York available.
In spring 2009, following the purchase of two Chinatown bus operators (Eastern Shuttle and Today's Bus) in late 2008 and early 2009 and subsequent merger of their operations (with the Eastern brand retained), the M21 route expanded to hourly (or less) departures during the day, with the M23 route expanding to over 20 departures in each direction on weekdays, and over 15 departures in each direction on weekends. As a result, Megabus would briefly enter the Chinatown bus market in the Northeast, a market that it would exit in August 2009.
For summer 2009, the Philadelphia schedule was streamlined to provide 18 daily trips in each direction (evenly split between Megabus and Eastern, but eventually transferred to Megabus when Eastern was sold), and the M24 route saw its two AM departures from either end of the route combined into a single departure. In addition, service to Rochester was reduced to once daily in each direction. Layover time at Syracuse was increased from 20 minutes to 30 minutes to account for the rest stop that used to occur between Syracuse and Rochester.
For winter 2009, service to and from Hartford and to Niagara Falls, Ontario were dropped due to low ridership.
In Spring 2010, Philadelphia was established as a second hub with originating buses to several additional destinations. In summer 2010, Providence to New York was added as an additional destination. On September 8, 2010, Service was stopped between Philadelphia and Atlantic City due to low ridership.
Beginning August 1, 2012, the New York stop moved to 34th St. between 11th and 12th Ave., across the street from the Javits Convention Center.
Similar to the Megabus model in the United States, in June 2008, Coach Canada began offering tickets from C$1 on their route between Toronto and Montreal, using the same yield management model. As of summer 2009, this route has been converted to a Megabus route as marketed on the Coach Canada website, with double-deckers branded for Megabus replacing single-deck Coach Canada buses on the route, except for over-booked trips in which case the Toronto-to-Kingston leg of the trip reverts to a single-deck Coach Canada bus and the Megabus does not stop in Kingston en route to Montreal. Like services in the United States, Wi-Fi is available on the Toronto-Montreal service. Unlike services in the USA, however, all service is normally accessible for those with mobility impairments; a 48-hour reservation in advance is still required because the number of seats per trip is affected.
On March 29, 2011, Megabus announced the Pittsburgh hub, operating service out of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center underpass. Megabus routes from Pittsburgh included Pittsburgh-State College-NYC, Pittsburgh-Washington, Pittsburgh-Harrisburg-Philadelphia-Camden, Pittsburgh-Erie-Buffalo-Toronto, Pittsburgh-Columbus-Cincinnati, Pittsburgh-Akron-Cleveland (a restoration of an earlier cut), and Pittsburgh-Toledo-Detroit. Megabus had also announced a route between Pittsburgh and Ann Arbor later, starting March 14, 2012.
On March 13, 2012, Megabus removed under-performing services from Pittsburgh, including Pittsburgh-Erie-Buffalo-Toronto and Pittsburgh-Columbus-Cincinnati and Pittsburgh-Akron, leaving Pittsburgh-State College-NYC, Pittsburgh-Washington, Pittsburgh-Harrisburg-Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh-Cleveland -Toledo-Detroit-Ann Arbor as their remaining services.
Starting July 21, 2010, Megabus began operating service out of a hub near 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. Service operates to the Pennsylvania cities of Harrisburg, State College and Pittsburgh, as well as to Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Toronto, and Washington, D.C..
In 2013 Megabus added service to and from Newark, Delaware from Philadelphia on route to Washington, D.C.
Washington D.C. hub
Originally a destination from either New York or the Philadelphia hubs, Megabus began operating south of Washington D.C., using Washington as a new hub, on December 15, 2010. In November 2011, Megabus began operating from the bus deck above the top level of the Amtrak station at Washington's Union Station.
Megabus re-entered California on December 12, 2012, serving San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Reno, Riverside, and Los Angeles. Service runs on four routes (LA-San Jose-SF, LA-Oakland-SF, SF-Sacramento-Reno and LA-Riverside-Las Vegas). Unlike the East coast and Midwest networks, Megabus does not operate any hubs on the west coast with all buses operating on point-to-point routes. Megabus also operates almost exclusively from either commuter rail stations or transfer stations for local transit buses. In Los Angeles, the buses utilize Union Station's Patsaouras Transit Plaza. In Las Vegas, buses utilize RTC's South Strip Transfer Terminal.
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|Route||Terminal A||Serves||Terminal B||Notes and history|
|M1||Chicago, IL||Ann Arbor, MI or
|M3||Chicago, IL||Toledo, OH||Cleveland, OH||
|Chicago, IL||Milwaukee, WI (M4A) or Madison, WI (M4)||Minneapolis, MN||
|M5||Chicago, IL||Normal, IL
St. Louis, MO
|Kansas City, MO||
|Chicago, IL||Indianapolis, IN||Columbus, OH (M6A or M6B) or
Cincinnati, OH (M6A)
|M7||Chicago, IL||Champaign, IL||Memphis, TN||
|Chicago, IL||Iowa City, IA||Des Moines, IA (M8) or
Omaha, NE (M8A)
|M9||Chicago, IL||Indianapolis, IN and Louisville, KY||Nashville, TN||
|M10||Los Angeles, CA||Riverside, CA||Las Vegas, NV||
|M11||Los Angeles, CA||Burbank, CA
|San Francisco, CA||
|M12||Los Angeles, CA||Burbank, CA
San Jose, CA
|San Francisco, CA||
|M13||San Francisco, CA||Sacramento, CA
|M20||New York, NY||Providence, RI||Hyannis, MA||
|M21||New York, NY||Baltimore, MD
Philadelphia, PA (Early AM Only)
|M22||New York, NY||Boston, MA||
|M23||New York, NY||Philadelphia, PA||
|New York, NY||Syracuse, NY
Victor (Rochester), NY
Buffalo, NY (downtown and airport)
|M27||New York, NY||Ridgewood, NJ||Rensselaer (Albany), NY
Saratoga Springs, NY
|M28||New York, NY||State College, PA||Pittsburgh, PA||
|M29||Pittsburgh, PA||Harrisburg, PA and State College, PA||Philadelphia, PA||
|Philadelphia, PA||Baltimore, MD
|M32||Philadelphia, PA||Secaucus, NJ||Boston, MA||
|M34||Philadelphia, PA||Syracuse, NY
Buffalo, NY (downtown and airport)
|M35||New York, NY||Hartford, CT||Amherst, MA||
|M36||Pittsburgh, PA||Morgantown, WV||Washington, D.C.|
|M37||Washington, D.C.||Richmond, VA
|M38||Washington, D.C.||Christiansburg, VA||Knoxville, TN||
|M42||Washington, D.C.||Baltimore, MD
|M44||Washington, D.C.||Baltimore, MD
|M46||Pittsburgh, PA||Cleveland, OH
|Ann Arbor, MI||
|M51||Boston, MA||Hartford, CT||New Haven, CT||
|M53||Boston, MA||Burlington, VT||
|M54||Burlington, VT||Saratoga Springs, NY||New York, NY|
|M71||Dallas, TX||Houston, TX||
|M72||Dallas, TX||Austin, TX||San Antonio, TX||
|M74||New Orleans, LA||Baton Route, LA||Houston, TX|
|M76||Dallas, TX||Little Rock, AR||Memphis, TN||
|M91||Atlanta, GA||Chattanooga, TN||Knoxville, TN||
|M92||Atlanta, GA||Chattanooga, TN||Nashville, TN||
|M93||Atlanta, GA||Birmingham, AL||Memphis, TN||
|M94||Atlanta, GA||Montgomery, AL||Mobile, AL
New Orleans, LA
|M95||Atlanta, GA||Charlotte, NC||
|M96||Atlanta, GA||Jacksonville, FL or Gainesville, FL||Orlando, FL||
|M97||Atlanta, GA||Athens, GA
|M98||New Orleans, LA||Jackson, MS or Oxford, MS||Memphis, TN||
|Toronto, ON||Kingston, ON||Montreal, QC|
Megabus stop locations
|Ann Arbor||M1||University of Michigan State St. Commuter Lot|
|Cincinnati||M6, M47||Carew Tower||Univ of Cincinnati|
|Cleveland||M3||Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center|
|Columbia||M5||Columbia Transit Wabash Station|
|Columbus||M6, M47||W Hickory St and N Ludlow St||Ohio State University
|Des Moines||M8||Center St Park & Ride at 830 6th Ave|
|Detroit||M1, M46||Rosa Parks Transit Center||Wayne State University|
|East Lansing||East Lansing Amtrak Station||Michigan State University|
|Indianapolis||M6||Indianapolis City-County Building|
|Iowa City||M8||Dubuque St and Court St|
|Kansas City, MO||M5||3rd & Grand Metro Center Park & Ride|
|Madison||M4||University of Wisconsin–Madison
|Dutch Mill park-ride
(West Beltline Highway, Exit 266)
|Memphis||M7||MATA North End Terminal|
|Milwaukee||M4||Milwaukee Intermodal Station|
|Minneapolis||M4||S 3rd St and Chicago Ave
(one block north of the HHH Metrodome)
|Normal||M5||Bloomington-Normal train station|
(next to parking deck at N 72nd St between Dodge and Cass Sts)
|St. Louis||M5||St. Louis Union Station|
|Toledo||M3, M46||Southwyck Mall|
|Baltimore||M21, M31||White Marsh Mall|
|Boston||M22, M32, M51||South Station|
|Buffalo||M24, M34, M64||Buffalo Metropolitan Transportation Center, Gate 13|
|Burlington||M53, M54||Davis Center, Level 3, University of Vermont|
|Camden||M29, M30||ABC Bus Yard, 194 Admiral Wilson Blvd|
|Cheektowaga||M24||Buffalo Niagara International Airport
|Christiansburg||M38||I-81 Exit 118 Falling Branch Park and Ride Lot|
|Erie||M64||Presque Isle Downs & Casino|
|Harrisburg, PA||M29, M30||Harrisburg Mall|
|Hartford||New Route||Columbus Blvd & Morgan St|
|New York City||M21-M28||Megabus service:
||Academy Bus service:
|30th Street Station||6th and Market Sts (M23 only)|
|Pittsburgh||M28, M29, M36, M45-M47, M64||David L. Lawrence Convention Center|
|Providence||M22||Fountain St at City Hall Park
(two blocks from the Kennedy Transportation Center)
|Portland, ME||New Route||Portland Transportation Center|
|M27||Albany-Rensselaer train station|
|Ridgewood||M27||Route 17 park-ride
(near Racetrack Rd exit)
|Rochester||M24||Pitkin St. between E Broad St. and Savannah St.|
|State College||M28, M30||Wal-Mart, 1665 N Atherton St|
|Syracuse||M24, M34||William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center|
|Toronto||M24, M34||Toronto Coach Terminal|
|Washington, D.C.||M21, M31, M38||Union Station, top level above Amtrak.|
|Toronto||TOR-MON||Toronto Coach Terminal, Bay St & Dundas St||Scarborough Town Centre|
|Whitby||TOR-MON||Whitby GO Station|
|Kingston||TOR-MON||Kingston Bus Terminal|
|Brockville||TOR-MON||Stewart Blvd & Jefferson Dr|
|Cornwall||TOR-MON||Irving 24 Service Centre, 3250 Brookdale Ave|
|TOR-MON||Dépanneur Beausoir, 2875 St. Charles Blvd|
|Montreal||TOR-MON||South side of Le 1000 de La Gauchetière building.|
|Burbank, CA||M11, M12||Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station Bus Bay #2, 201 N. Front St|
|Las Vegas, NV||M10||RTC South Strip Transfer Terminal Bay 9, 6675 Gilespie St|
|Los Angeles, CA||M10, M11, M12||Los Angeles Union Station, Patsaouras Transit Plaza Bay 1|
|Reno, NV||M13||Silver Legacy Resort and Casino, W 5th St between N Sierra & N Virginia Sts|
|Riverside, CA||M10||Riverside-Downtown Station, 4066 Vine St|
|Sacramento, CA||M13||University / 65th Street Station, 6740 Q St|
|San Francisco, CA||M11, M12, M13||San Francisco Caltrain Station, Townsend St between 4th & 5th Sts|
|San Jose, CA||M12||Diridon Station, Crandall St between Cahill St and S Montgomery St|
|Sparks, NV||M13||RTC Centennial Plaza Bay A, 1421 Victorian Ave|
|Oakland, CA||M11||West Oakland BART Station, 1451 7th St|
Incidents and accidents
Below is a list of notable incidents and accidents involving Megabus vehicles (not counting Megabus vehicles operated by DATTCO or Concord Coach Lines on services to and from Boston, and services on the M25, which are operated separately).
- On September 1, 2008, a Detroit-bound M1 coach was pulled over by Michigan State police after officers noticed the bus swaying and speeding outside Benton Township, MI. Megabus driver Kenneth Lewis failed sobriety tests administered at the scene and was arrested. Lewis was found to have a blood alcohol level of .07, well above the .0015 limit for commercial bus operators. A replacement driver was brought in to bring the 30 passengers to their final destination. It was the first drunk driving incident in Coach USA history. Lewis was suspended from Coach USA.
- On December 10, 2009 at 3:20 a.m., a Toronto-bound M24 coach slid off the New York State Thruway, 3 miles past exit 49 in Lancaster, New York, just east of Buffalo. Eight passengers and the driver were taken to nearby hospitals with minor injuries. Poor visibility, blowing snow, high winds combined with an unsafe lane change contributed to the accident.
- February 23, 2010, around 5:00 p.m., Megabus driver Shervyle Pruitt struck and killed Wesley Krueger in Chicago, IL. Pruitt, 45, received citations for failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and reckless driving.
- On September 11, 2010, around 2:30 a.m., a Toronto-bound M34 double-decker coach missed an exit to the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center, slammed into a railway overpass carrying the St. Lawrence Subdivision along NY Route 370 two miles farther away. Four passengers were killed---all in the front of the upper deck, which was crushed into the lower deck in the crash---and 17 others were injured.
- On October 21, 2011, at 10:08 p.m., a Megabus driver from Chicago, Carl H. Smiley, was arrested by an Iowa state trooper for drunk driving while transporting passengers from Chicago to Iowa City and Des Moines. The trooper pulled the driver over for failing to maintain a lane. Police records stated the driver “smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage and admitted he had been drinking.” The driver also failed a field sobriety test.
- On August 2, 2012, a St. Louis-bound M5 service Megabus coach with 64 passengers slammed into a concrete bridge pillar on I-55 near Litchfield, Illinois. At least one passenger was killed.
- August 7, 2012, around 2:20 p.m., Megabus driver Shemeka Hudson struck and killed Donna Halstead near Canal and Adams in Chicago, IL.
- August 8, 2012, around 2:30 p.m., a Megabus traveling from Atlanta, GA to Charlotte, caught fire on Interstate 85 near Lavonia, Ga., with all passengers being evacuated without injuries.
- January 9, 2014, around 8:45 a.m., a Megabus traveling from Cincinnati, Ohio to Chicago, caught fire on Interstate-75 near Cincinnati. All 51 passengers were evacuated without injuries.
According to federal records, since August 2007, Chicago hub drivers have been cited 54 times by police: 21 times for not maintaining driver logs, 20 times for speeding, three times for following too closely, 2 times for improper lane changes, and 2 for windshield violations. There were 6 other violations of local laws. Also, New York hub drivers have been cited 29 times by police: 14 times for speeding, five times for not maintaining driver logs, two times for failing to obey a traffic control device, two times for defects (windshield cracked and other), and 1 time for falsifying a log book. There were 5 other violations of local laws. There have been four other accidents involving Megabus vehicles.
The safety of curbside bus services came under scrutiny after a 2011 crash in New York caused 14 fatalities. The National Transportation Safety Board conducted a six-month study and found that while bus travel was considerably safer than by car, curbside buses had seven times the fatality rates of traditional bus lines.
|Route||Terminal A||Served||Terminal B||Begun||Withdrawn||Notes|
|M10||Los Angeles, CA||Phoenix, AZ||Tempe, AZ||August 7, 2007||January 7, 2008||
|M15||Los Angeles, CA||San Diego, CA||August 7, 2007||March 2008||
|M33||Philadelphia, PA||Atlantic City, NJ||July 21, 2010||September 8, 2010||
|M45||Pittsburgh, PA||Akron, OH||May 11, 2011||March 13, 2012||
|M47||Pittsburgh, PA||Columbus, OH||Cincinnati, OH||May 11, 2011||March 13, 2012||
|M64||Pittsburgh, PA||Erie, PA
|Toronto, ON||May 11, 2011||March 13, 2012||
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