Below is a list of notable incidents and accidents involving Megabus vehicles (not counting Megabus vehicles operated by DATTCO or Concord Coach Lines on services to and from Boston, and services on the M25, which are operated separately). A notable exception to this is the use of London Victoria Coach Station. Stagecoach NZ started operations when the firm acquired Wellington City Transport, including the Hutt Valley suburban bus operations of the New Zealand Railways Road Services, branded CityLine, in the 1990s. In June 2012, Megabus announced service from Chicago to Detroit via Grand Rapids and East Lansing beginning July 12. [26], Stagecoach Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Megabus passengers are prohibited from waiting in the station unless they are using other companies' services. In December 2008, service to Binghamton, which had been operating only to Buffalo and Toronto, was dropped in favor of service to Syracuse, Rochester and Niagara Falls. The safety of curbside bus services came under scrutiny after the World Wide Tours bus crash caused 14 fatalities. It was sold to a management buyout before being purchased by Stagecoach in August 1996. image caption Stagecoach-owned Megabus.com covers more than 100 North American cities Stagecoach has announced it is investing more than … It was the largest bus company in New Zealand when sold. Some services link with Megatrain services, also operated by Stagecoach. Stagecoach left the long-distance express coach market in 1988 when it sold its operations to National Express. On May 4, 2010, service between New York and Pittsburgh via State College began operating; Pittsburgh had previously been served by a route to and from Chicago earlier. Coach USA is owned by Stagecoach, one of the two large private transit companies that emerged when Britain privatized much of its transit industry. Preston Bus was sold in January 2011. Megabus, branded as megabus.com, is an intercity bus service of Coach USA/Coach Canada and DATTCO (under contract) operating in the eastern, southern, midwestern and western United States, and in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. In 2009, the Megabusplus concept was introduced, under which certain trips are begun on a train and are then completed on a bus. It is part of Stagecoach Group, the transport group that offers greener, smarter travel at great value prices. Some tickets, if purchased well in advance, are priced as low as $1, with occasional free promotions, in addition to an online booking fee of $2.50 per transaction. After a competition enquiry, in October 2006 Stagecoach was instructed to sell some of the Scottish coach services. The main advantages of a guided busway, versus a normal road are higher speeds (meaning increased capacity) and increased safety as traffic of differing directions is physically separated. It commenced operating in August 2003, initially in the United Kingdom, and later expanding into continental Europe. In early 2010, Champaign/Memphis route was cut to one daily round-trip due to poor ridership, but the second round trip has since been restored. [70] Though no firm conclusion was drawn, regulators are to consult the two companies about what they need to do to comply with competition regulations and they have indicated that this will likely lead to the forced divestment of some services to an independent operator. [6] Further expansion in the Northeast came in the fall and winter of 2008-2009, when additional double-decker buses were delivered, resulting in much of the single-deck buses being transferred to sister operation Eastern Shuttle, pushing many of the EL3s to retirement. [53][54], In November 1991 Stagecoach Holdings Limited (as it was named then), bought United Transport's shareholding in Kenya Bus Services Limited. This page was last edited on 6 January 2021, at 21:31. In 2007 the group were successful in their bid for the new East Midlands franchise which had been created by amalgamating the previous Midland Mainline franchise with the eastern part of the former Central Trains franchise. Eastern Bus[32] and Today's Bus[33] were acquired by Coach USA in late 2008 and early 2009 but were divested in 2009. On May 4, 2010, a route from Chicago to Des Moines via Iowa City began operating. Megabus.com, owned by Stagecoach Group (which owns Coach USA and Coach Canada), offers a fleet of single- and double-deck buses equipped with wi-fi, electric outlets and panoramic window views. [16] In November 2009 the Competition Commission ordered Stagecoach to sell Preston Bus after it had adversely affected competition in the area. Both revised services offer four trips daily (up from two on the Toronto line), with a fifth Buffalo-Toronto express overnight trip also offered. [58], In October 2018, Megabus added express service between Washington D.C. and Charlottesville, Virginia. Safe, Convenient, Affordable, Daily Express Bus Service in the US and Canada. [25][60][61][62], Stagecoach Portugal had its origins in the reprivatisation of Portuguese bus and coach operation, which had been nationalised after the 1974 Revolution. On May 6, 2014, Megabus also ended the Pittsburgh-Ann Arbor route due to poor ridership, leaving Pittsburgh customers with no direct connection to points west of the city. [24][25], In April 2019, Stagecoach was disqualified from participating in three rail franchise competitions by the Department for Transport after it submitted non-compliant bids for the East Midlands, South Eastern and West Coast Partnership franchises. On November 16, 2011, Megabus began operations out of Atlanta from the Civic Center station in Downtown Atlanta.[11][12]. [12] In September 2005, following competition with its Megabus coach operation, Stagecoach launched a joint venture with Scottish Citylink coaches. In the United States, tickets are not available from the bus operator. In November 2005, the business was sold to Infratil and rebranded as NZ Bus.[56]. The operations in Finland were more successful, and were in April 1998 renamed Stagecoach Finland. Stagecoach coach 54017 Volvo B12BT Plaxton Panther SV07 ADU Megabus livery in Newcastle 25 April 2009 pic 2.JPG 2,511 × 2,071; 2.03 MB Stagecoach Glasgow coach 51096 (WLT 921, ex-T96 JHN), 2012 West Ham garage open day.jpg 249 × 202; 65 KB [76] In 2005 alleged aggressive behaviour by Stagecoach drivers, seeking to compete with Scotbus, resulted in an arson fire at a Stagecoach East Scotland garage. Megabus is a long distance coach (Intercity bus service) operator operated by the Stagecoach Group.It commenced operating in August 2003, initially in the United Kingdom, and later expanding into continental Europe.Some services link with Megatrain services, also operated by Stagecoach. In the capital, Lisbon, Rodoviária de Lisboa was the chief operator outside the city itself, where Carris provided city bus and tram services. Online bus ticket booking available. [38]Service between New York and Amherst began on December 15, 2010; extended to Burlington and Montpelier in 2014. In 2013, the British group first launched their cross-border routes from London to Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona. But Megabus is owned by Stagecoach, a company based in Scotland (although the American arm was flogged off to a private equity firm in April 2019). It is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The DATTCO fleet used for Megabus service also has Megabus logos, but with a DATTCO logo instead of a Coach USA logo for Megabus buses owned and operated by DATTCO. Toilets have been added to the fleet, enabling Megabus to eliminate toilet stops. Megabus is a long distance coach operator operated by the Stagecoach. [43] The route was later rebranded to a Megabus route. image caption Stagecoach-owned Megabus.com covers more than 100 North American cities Stagecoach has announced it is investing more than … [15], Baton Rouge service was added September 9, 2013, with service to New Orleans and San Antonio.[16]. Some services link with Megatrain services, also operated by Stagecoach. [69] The National Transportation Safety Board conducted a six-month study and found that while bus travel was considerably safer than by car, curbside buses had seven times the fatality rates of traditional bus lines. In Canada, owing to franchise regulations, tickets are sold at stops but may be more expensive than those purchased online. [39] This system was the first modern tram system in the United Kingdom, opening just before the Sheffield system in 1992. 349 1st St Elizabeth, NJ 07206 [47], Starting July 21, 2010, Megabus began operating service to/from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. The Canadian buses are pooled with the US fleet for NYC-Toronto or Philadelphia-Toronto runs, with drivers swapping at Buffalo to stay within their certified country. Founder Brian Souter and his sister Ann Gloag are the largest shareholders with a combined 26% shareholding at April 2019.[27]. [71], To satisfy the commission, some Citylink routes were sold to Parks Motor Group in early 2008. Canadian buses will turn off their WiFi at the US border and American buses will turn off WiFi upon entering Canada. On August 17, 2011, Megabus started service to Omaha, via Des Moines and Iowa City; twice-daily departures and arrivals from Omaha and an increase to four daily departures and arrivals from Des Moines and Iowa City. Stagecoach was born out of deregulation of the British express coach market in the early 1980s, though its roots can be traced back to 1976 when Ann Gloag and her husband Robin Gloag set up a small recreational vehicle and minibus hire business called Gloagtrotter in Perth, Scotland. [40], Beginning August 1, 2012, the New York stop moved to 34th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues, across the street from the Javits Center and the 34th Street - Hudson Yards subway station. Stagecoach bought the remaining 27 years of a 30-year franchise, which expires in 2024, and run the operation under the Stagecoach Supertram brand, having responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the tram system. In September 2005 Stagecoach and ComfortDelGro announced a joint venture in the provision of express coach services in Scotland, ending intense competition between ComfortDelGro's subsidiary Scottish Citylink and Stagecoach subsidiaries Megabus and Motorvator. Megabus (England & Wales) routes are mainly run by either Stagecoach (South Wales) or Stagecoach (Midlands) vehicles, with the exception of Norwich services (Freestones Coaches), London-Gloucester, London-Plymouth/Falmouth, Gatwick-Cardiff, Bristol-Barnstaple, Bristol-Nottingham, most of London-Bristol and certain London-Cardiff services (South Gloucestershire Bus & Coach). Stagecoach Group has expanded the network run by its market-leading budget coach operator megabus.com in the United States and Canada. Online Bus Ticket Booking Megabus, branded as megabus.com, is an intercity bus service of Coach USA/Coach Canada and DATTCO (under contract) operating in the eastern, southern, midwestern and western United States, and in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.. In 2007, Coach USA updated its Chicago-based Megabus fleet with new MCI J4500 single-deck and Van Hool TD925 double-deck motorcoaches. The operator already operates services between Brussels and Cologne. Bus stops may be in public streets, bus stations, outside railroad stations or transportation centers in major cities, or on college campuses or at shopping centers in other cities. [3][4][5] In its first foray into California, ridership was sluggish and Megabus started to discontinue services from Los Angeles in early 2008. [9], On 21 November 2005 Stagecoach announced the sale of its New Zealand operations to Infratil. Service was extended to Anaheim on December 6, 2014. There were 6 other violations of local laws. In the US, Megabus/Eastern Shuttle's main rival is BoltBus, which is 50% owned by Stagecoach rival FirstGroup. CoachUSA is a subsidiary of Stagecoach Group plc, which is headquartered in Perth, Scotland. Reservations can be changed for a fee of $3-$7.50. [20] In March 2015, Virgin Trains East Coast, in which Stagecoach held a 90% shareholding, commenced operating the InterCity East Coast franchise. In 1982, with the collapse of his marriage to Ann, Robin Gloag sold his ownership stake in the business and ceased any involvement. During its tenure, Stagecoach rapidly expanded the fleet, introducing the Express Services and the modern double decker buses back on Kenyan roads. This expansion came as Megabus exited from the West Coast market. [64] The operations in Norway included only city and regional traffic in three minor cities around lake Mjøsa, but several unsuccessful bids on operators in the Oslo area led to Stagecoach selling out to Norgesbuss in April 1997. Citi – some urban networks have received Citi branding, such as Cambridge, Exeter & Peterborough; although much of this brand has now been withdrawn. Stagecoach Group is a transport group based in Perth, Scotland. In accordance with ADA regulations, wheelchair-accessible service is available on all lines (although most service is operated with true-low-floor double-deck coaches). A Stagecoach group owned Megabus Van Hool TD927 Astromega double deck coach starts it journey from London to Newcastle. [44][45], Megabus also announced a route between Pittsburgh and Ann Arbor, starting March 14, 2012. [19] In December 2013, Stagecoach bought King's Lynn based Norfolk Green. Nearly 18 million people ride on the system a year. In 1990, the nationalised Rodoviária Nacional was split into ten components. On August 8, 2007, Megabus introduced service to the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego and Tempe, Arizona, using Coach America as a contractor. The company consolidated its operations during the 1990s by purchasing ex NBC and SBG bus companies that had been purchased via management buyouts and employee-owned corporations when privatised. [73] In Darlington, Stagecoach subsidiary Busways offered bounties to recruit drivers away from the existing bus service and offered free buses to deter the rival preferred bidder from taking over the existing bus service. It tends not to compete with National Express like Megabus, and in some cases tickets are available through the National Express website. Paramus, N.J.-based Coach USA owns and operates more than 20 local companies in North America, some that have been in business for more than 70 years, which operate scheduled bus routes, motor coach tours, charters and sightseeing tours. In the US, Megabus/Eastern Shuttle's main rival is BoltBus, which is 50% owned by Stagecoach rival FirstGroup. Bus division operations are as follows:[28]. [37], On September 8, 2010, service was stopped between Philadelphia and Atlantic City due to low ridership. On these runs the buses will typically only have Wi-Fi service available in the home country for the bus being used; i.e. [6] Megabus re-entered the market in 2012 after reacquiring some of the assets of Coach America, which had been part of Coach USA prior to a major divestiture in 2003. [4], During the privatisation of British Rail, Porterbrook was formed as one of three rolling stock companies owning around a third of passenger railway locomotives, multiple units and coaching stock running on Network Rail's system which is leased to various train operators. ", "Megabus.com Expands Washington D.C. 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Ann's brother, Brian Souter, an accountant, joined the firm and expanded the business into bus hire. 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