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Why the Bus is Becoming Cool Again

Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2009

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Planning a cross country trip? Need to get from college to home? Hoping to spend a day gambling or sightseeing? As the economy struggles, people still want to travel but are looking for cost effective ways to get where they're going. Some have found their way past the "Loser Cruisers" and "Smelly Bus." Carriers like megabus.com and Bolt Bus are connecting major cities with brand new, comfortable, internet equipped busses. And they're attracting a different, hipper, clientele than the traditional bus lines. It's an economical and green alternative to driving. Could this be transportation government should get behind? Wednesday morning at 9 on 90.3.

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megabus.com in Washington, D.C megabus.com in Cleveland, Ohio luggage retrieval from megabus.com inside megabus.com megabus.com driver Shervylle Pruitt

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Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Other, Community/Human Interest, Energy, Transportation

Guests

Joseph Schwieterman, Transportation Professor, DePaul University
Matt Eggert, Operations Manager, Midwest Division, megabus.com
Abby Wambaugh, Spokesperson, Greyhound Lines, Inc.

Additional Information

The Return of the Intercity Bus Study, Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, DePaul University
Rediscovering the Bus, The Boston Globe
Buses are one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel. But for years, the bus has had an image problem. Check out Tamara Keith's piece for The Environment Report.

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