Express bus service
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Express buses operate on a faster schedule by not making as many stops as normal bus services and often taking quicker routes, such as along freeways, or by using dedicated lanes or roadways. Express buses may also operate out of park and rides, in some cases only during rush hour in the peak direction.
Fares on express bus services may be higher than normal parallel services. Many express buses, especially bus rapid transit lines, employ a proof-of-payment scheme, requiring passengers to purchase tickets before boarding the bus, speeding up the service. The vehicles used may also feature amenities like comfortable seating and wireless Internet service, particularly on routes that travel long distances at higher speeds without stopping.
In many cases, an express bus service is identified by a letter before or after the regular route number. For example, in Sydney, the letters L (as in L90), E (as in E70) and X (as in 610X or X84). L indicates that the bus runs along the normal route, while E and X indicate that the bus runs along a more direct route.
Examples of commuter express services would be the Indy Express Bus, which links the communities of Carmel and Fishers to Indianapolis, which connects Nashua, NH and South Station in downtown Boston. An example of an interstate express service is the Starlight Express, which connects New York City to Charlottesville, VA. A more specialized service is the 351 Meadowlands Express which ferries fans to the Meadowlands Sports Complex from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan.
Services operated by public agencies
- MTA Bus Company and New York City Bus in New York City
- NJ Transit Bus Operations in New Jersey
- Valley Metro - Limited peak-only express routes in Phoenix, Arizona and surrounding suburbs in Maricopa County
- Metro Express in Los Angeles
- AC Transit - Alameda County, California
- Golden Gate Transit - Marin and Sonoma Counties
- Community Transit - Peak-only service from Snohomish County to Boeing Everett Factory, Downtown Seattle, and University of Washington
- King County Metro - Express variants of local routes, all-day express routes, and limited peak-only express routes in King County, Washington
- Sound Transit Express - All-day and peak service between cities in the Seattle metropolitan area
- Toronto Transit Commission - rush hour express services have a "E" suffix in their route numbers. All day express routes are dubbed "Rocket" routes. Downtown non-stop premium express buses are the 140 series routes.
- Beijing Bus - The Suffix 快 (kuài), which means "fast", indicates express service. For example, Bus 345 is a regular bus. Bus 345快 is an express bus that follows the same route but makes fewer stops.
- Hong Kong buses - Most express routes have a prefix or suffix "X" in their route numbers.
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