Megabus expands to Mass. and New York

  Heading home is about to get a little easier for some New Englanders. Megabus.com, a city-to-city express bus company, announced it is expanding its daily service from Burlington beginning April 2. The new travel destinations will include stops in Amherst, Mass., New York City and Saratoga, N.Y. for as little as $1, a press release stated.   “The overwhelming popularity of megabus.com inspired us to expand our service reach again,” said Dale Moser, president and chief operating officer of megabus.com, in the press release. “As the public continues to search for ways to stretch their dollar, megabus.com will continue to deliver safe, convenient and affordable travel to Burlington-area residents,” he said.             Megabus.com fares have proved popular among tight-budgeted students and residents. “I love it,” first-year Nadira Jegroo said. “I can finally go straight home [to New York City] without having to pay so much money by taking a plane, and it is easier for my friends to come visit me since they don’t have to transfer at Boston.” The megabus offers free Wi-Fi, seat plugins and panoramic windows, its website stated. Wi-Fi was slow for some students, like first-year Jordan Ganz, who said that he could not access Youtube, but Ganz also said he did not think it was much of a problem. “For the price, you shouldn’t even get Wi-Fi, so it’s definitely not terrible,” Ganz said. Since launching in 2006, megabus.com has served more than 15 million passengers throughout the country and has been quite successful despite offering seats at low prices, according to its website.  “Not every seat is $1; the prices incrementally move their way up,” Moser said in an article that appeared in Business Record magazine. The net average of each seat is how the company profits, with an average seat going for $20, he said. “We are doing everything over the Internet for purchasing, and I don’t have to have physical locations, all of which add costs to the business, and then that gets passed on to the customer,” Moser said. Students can catch the megabus daily in front of the Royal/Tyler Theater and buy tickets online at megabus.com.