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Danny
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Posted on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 9:38 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

WATCH OUT Greyhound! Megabus.com will sweep the transportation competition away, offering a unbelievable fares at $1.00. Now lots of people can go at any city, have a great time and come back home within a cuple hours.
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Livernoisyard
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Posted on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 9:59 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This is probably only the third thread about this in the past month...

Only a few seats go at $1, maybe four or so. The prices increase from there. Still at $5 or $8, it's still a very good deal. But they do not go to any city. I believe that its hub is Chicago, and it goes as far west as the Twin Cities and north to M'waukee or the TC. Detroit might be its eastern terminus.
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Ro_resident
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Posted on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 11:46 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I saw the big blue bus at the corner of Woodward and Jefferson earlier this week. Service must have started.
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Smogboy
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Posted on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 11:47 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Detroiters can ONLY go to Chicago now. So even if you wanted to go to Cleveland from Detroit, you'd have to go to Chicago first!

Hmmm... I'd say that's a couple of hours wasted there. Yes, this topic is older than the hills already; this news was made what seemed like months ago. It's just another possible carrier for people who want to go to these places on the cheap. I wish them well but it's not exactly an alternative I'd take.
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Ssport
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Posted on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 12:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

GhettoDan,

I was thinking about spending $20 a month, loading up 20 homeless people on the Megabus, and ship them to Chicago. I figure Chicago is in a much better financial situation to care for the homeless than Detroit. What is your POV on this matter?
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Bob
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Posted on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 1:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just got back from Chicago (took Amtrak), and I have to say, they are advertising Megabus everywhere. Every El train I was on had an advertisement, the busses had advertisements. BUt I also have to say, Amtrak was packed, in fact the conductor said all the Michigan trains had to add cars the past couple weeks to meet demand. So Megabus is not hurting Amtrak at all (at this point).
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Livernoisyard
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"I was thinking about spending $20 a month, loading up 20 homeless people on the Megabus, and ship them to Chicago. I figure Chicago is in a much better financial situation to care for the homeless than Detroit. What is your POV on this matter?"

And some rascal Chicagoans could just ship us some of theirs. Winner: MEGABUS
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Dougw
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Posted on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 5:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So, has anyone here actually tried Megabus yet? Any reports?
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Thrice
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Posted on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 5:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I see TONS of people waiting to load up on it at the Grand Circus Stop. Looks like they are doing good business.
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Bob
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Posted on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 6:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So it sounds like both Amtrak and Megabus are doing quite well, since there are people riding Megabus, and from my recent trip, lots of sold out trains and others being quite full.
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Gumby
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Posted on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 6:46 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

yeaj there was a big line of people waiting there on sunday when I was down for the TIgers game.
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Ltorivia485
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Posted on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 9:33 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I rode the Megabus from Chicago to Detroit (round-trip). I recommend it for college students who need to make an emergency trip to another state. I only paid $9. Another plus is that it stops at Wayne State University. I was able to celebrate Easter with my family because of megabus.com. (Northwest Airlines, you suck!)
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Danny
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 12:00 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If Megabus countinues to expand its routes nationwide with it VERY CHEAP FARES. It could put Greyhound as well as Peter Pan, and Trailways into bankruptcy. Greyhound needs to join the competitive bandwagon if it wants to be " KING OF THE ROAD".
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Tkelly1986
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 1:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Do Megabus's have bathroom's on them? Thats key for me.
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Bob
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 1:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It will be interesting to see how these high fuel prices hit Megabus.
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Ltorivia485
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 2:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well, Tkelly, the prices do fluctuate (increase) when you do not plan to register weeks ahead of your destination. One of my friends paid $53.00 roundtrip because she registered 3 days before she had to leave. And it's a small company so I'm sure it won't impact them as much as the airline industry.

And yes there are bathrooms. They only recommend that you use it for emergency purposes. The bus drivers do make 1-2 stops for passengers to eat and do whatever they want for 30 minutes.
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Livernoisyard
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 2:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Whatever they want? I might test that out...
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Ltorivia485
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 2:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The main "terminal" is Chicago's Union Station, which is in the Loop area. If you have never been there, there are cabs waiting outside to pick up people. I personally walk two blocks east and take the CTA Brown Line on Quincey/Wells because the train is cheaper to ride/transfer to Evanston. One thing I like about the Megabus is that they have three destination times for Detroit (8:45am, 3:45pm, 11:45pm). I always get the 11:45pm bus because not only is it cheaper, but I'm already in Detroit by 6am before the day has started.

But I will warn you: since this bus company is brand new, they don't always leave on time. While my Chicago-to-Detroit bus was only 15 minutes late (which is not a big deal to me), the Detroit-to-Chicago bus was almost an hour late because the bus driver got lost. Since this is a new company, be prepared if departures do not always leave on time.

I also recommend the Wayne State University megaabus.com stop because it's safer than Grand Circus Park (lots of homeless roaming around). You won't get the best seat if you wait at WSU (Cass/Warren near Barnes and Noble bookstore), since it's the second stop, but it's definitely less shady since it's a college campus.
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Bob
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 2:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Actually, the stop is outside Union Station on the other side of the street. Do you think Amtrak is going to let the competition use Union Station? There are also lots of CTA busses that will take you right where you want to go. The #165 LaSalle took me right to in front of my hotel, and is a lot cheaper than a cab.

(Message edited by bob on April 22, 2006)
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Ltorivia485
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 3:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bob, I take the CTA Orange Line > Brown Line > Red Line > Purple Line train to get to Evanston from Chicago's Union Station.

I take the CTA Train to Chicago's Union Station from Evanston as well.

(Message edited by ltorivia485 on April 22, 2006)
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Motorcitymayor2026
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 3:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I dont think anyone would have a problem at the GCP stop in a crowd of other people waiting to get on the bus....safety shouldnt be a problem there....maybe a couple homeless beggars, but thats it in a crowd like that
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Livernoisyard
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 3:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

And I suppose you jingle your keys on the train to impress the commoners...
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Bob
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 3:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ahhhh, it is so nice to have so many mass transit options, isn't it. I was in Chicagoland last Nov. for a convention that was in the suburbs and did a similar thing with taking the Blue Line out from Union Station.
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Ltorivia485
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 4:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I took the Purple Line Express to Clark/Lake to get on the Blue Line for a graduate fair at University of Illinois Chicago a few months ago.

(Message edited by ltorivia485 on April 22, 2006)
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Mpow
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 6:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just booked my ticket, Chicago to Detroit, depart 11:45 arrive 6:40AM. price: 1 buck 50. Look forward to the experience. Plan on getting off at the GC stop.
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East_detroit
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 6:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How much luggage do they allow?

Can you bring a bike?
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Ltorivia485
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 7:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

1 carry-on luggage, 1 luggage for the storage.
No bikes allowed.
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Ssport
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 7:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

GCP is dangerous now? LMMFAO!!!
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Ltorivia485
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 10:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If you were a woman, yes the homeless is dangerous.
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Michigansheik
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Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 11:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

the drunk homeless could be an issue.
i've noticed that as the night goes on the alcohol perfume is really going strong and their approach becomes a little more intense.
but alhtough they are vocal, i have not experienced violence yet but maybe a woman would??
i still think that the homeless are responsible for probably less than 2% of the violent crime in the city.

p.s. i was in chicago (lincoln park) last weekend and was approached by 5 homeless people in a few blocks. i thought chicago had moved them all to the southside but i was wrong
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Crash_nyc
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Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 4:50 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's about time something like this came to the Midwest!

The East Coast has had services like this for years, thanks to the Chinese. The "Chinatown Bus" services are famous for dirt-cheap transportation between the Chinatowns of NYC, Boston, Philly, & DC. NYC to Boston is $15, and a trip to DC is $20. Their busses are nice, new, and clean. Waaay better than Greyhound's crap busses, and more fun (Fung Wah showed movies the last time we went to Boston).

http://www.staticleap.com/chin atownbus/

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