First Megabus Trip to California takes off

Reported by: Alyx Sacks
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Updated: 12/12/2012 12:48 pm
About 20 passengers were on board for the Megabus’ inaugural trip out of Sparks Wednesday morning.

The private bus carrier is known for its low rates ranging from as low as $1 up to about $30.

Megabus provides transportation from Sparks to Sacramento and then on to San Francisco and back.

The bus departs twice a day, once at 8 a.m. and then again at 3 p.m.

The bus stop is located at the Centennial Plaza in Sparks.

Megabus is paying the Reno Transportation Commission about $600 a month to use their public transportation platform according to RTC Director of Public Transportation and Operation David Jickling.

"This is an exciting new chapter in RTC's history of public transportation and our coordination with private carriers. This is a first and we're excited about it," Jickling says.

The bus operates seven days a week.

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pb1230 - 12/16/2012 2:17 PM
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Has anyone ridden on the Megabus yet? If so, how was your experience with it?

Kramer - 12/13/2012 11:38 AM
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dUH, Speed: they are a big company back east, where there are many airport-less cities (Federal subsidies notwithstanding), and are trying to make a play in the HUGE West Coast market. if U ever got out of this hick burg, U would see that a lot of folks need affordable transportation. Since most of the walk-on casino buses discontinued, there has been only the sloooww train-bus option. this service is nearly door-to-door. the real "gimme" is arrogant NVadans expecting po' California folks to motor here to blow their meager checks. Guess what? Vegas moguls are bankrolling Indian casinos in California, they know a sitting duck when they see one. due U?

Speed - 12/12/2012 5:42 PM
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I'm still trying to understand how they can make it financially with rates that low. I figure either they're skipping maintenance on their busses or they're subsidized by the Federal "World of Gimmee"
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