New service offers city-to-city rides starting at $1


by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Updated Thursday, May 31 at 10:29 PM

HOUSTON—Megabus, a city-to-city express bus service, announced it will begin service in Houston on June 19.

The buses will have more than 18 departures a day from two locations -- Polk and Travis in downtown, and right off the Gulf Freeway. Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Galveston will be among the routes.

“We’re all driving a little less than we used to and we’re getting very careful with how we spend our money,” said David Crossley, who heads Houston Tomorrow, an institute which researches transportation issues.

He has seen Megabus’s big blue double-deckers with bathrooms and Wi-Fi in other cities, and has also witnessed their success.

He believes Houstonians will ditch their cars to save money, while also one day opting for rail to save time.

“If you’re going to Dallas, high-speed rail is going to be very attractive because you’ll be there in less than two hours,” Crossley said.

On Megabus, at least one ticket on every ride sells for a dollar. Prices rise as tickets are sold. The max is usually less than $50 each way. 

The company is able to keep costs down because there is hardly any overhead. They do not rent space at a bus terminal. 

In Houston, customers are already lining up. 

“I have a sister in San Antonio and family in Dallas, so yes—I would take the bus,” resident Kera Lewis said. 

Megabus will operate near downtown bus routes and Metrorail. Thursday’s announcement is expected to include details on both the start date and schedule.