Discount Bus Lines Are ‘Building Empires’ Across America As ntercity Travel Booms

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  1. sobore
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    France has tested a commercial train that can travel as fast as 357 miles per hour (575 kilometers per hour). Japan’s building a “floating” train that can reach speeds of more than 310 mph (500 kph) while levitating above the track. And China has a high-speed “ice train” that can plow across landscapes where temperatures dip as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 degrees Celsius) in the winter, and rise to as much as 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) in the summer.

    As massive train-building schemes take shape across the globe, a different mode of transportation that’s neither flashy nor particularly fast is booming in the United States: intercity buses.

    The bus -- arguably the most banal form of public transportation available in the developed world -- is the fastest-growing mode of U.S. passenger transportation by a long shot. The industry grew by 7.5 percent in 2012, with discount operators like BoltBus and Megabus recording a whopping 31 percent increase in departures, according to a recent study from DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, which excluded public-transit oriented services, shuttles and so-called Chinatown buses.

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    I think it's $10 by the bus from NYC to Philly.
  3. thesterlingtraveler

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    Interesting read... no surprising since a few years ago I did Boston-NYC for about $10 each way on BoltBus. Cheaper than train (and roughly same trip time), and much cheaper than flying.

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