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Megabus.com introduces reserved seating

- New customer option debuts on double-decker bus fleet in New York, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Boston & Philadelphia on May 28

NEW YORK, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Megabus.com, the popular city-to-city, express bus company with fares from $1, plus a reservation fee, today announced a new reserved-seating program to/from select cities in North America.

Megabus.com debuts Reserved Seating program on its double-decker bus fleet in New York, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Boston & Philadelphia

The new service option allows customers to choose from 10 popular seats for a nominal fee. Tickets for specific reserved seats can be purchased at www.megabus.com today, with service beginning May 28.

Starting May 28, reserved seats will be available on the following routes:

  • New York City-Baltimore-Washington, D.C.
  • New York City-Boston
  • New York City-Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia-Washington, D.C. (select trips)

The company will also be adding reserved seating availability on the Toronto-Kingston-Montreal route in the coming weeks with the possibility of adding the option to more routes in the near future.

"We've heard our customers' desires loud and clear," said Mike Alvich, VP of Marketing and Public Relations for megabus.com/Coach USA. "While every ticket purchase on megabus.com guarantees a seat on the bus, we know that customers want to secure some of the most popular seats and, starting today, we're happy to give them that opportunity. With reserved seating customers no longer need to arrive over an hour early to make sure they get the most popular seats. Now they can simply book them in advance."

By purchasing adjoining reserved seats, friends and family members will be guaranteed to sit next to each other. Reserved seats are visually distinct with solid blue coloring and are identified by a large number embroidered onto the seat fabric. This number corresponds to the specific seat number customers select on the megabus.com website at the time of purchase. 

"Of the 10 reserved seat options, four are located on the upper deck at the very front and offer a spectacular panoramic view," said Alvich. "Two additional seats are also on the upper deck behind the stairs providing a great view and the convenience of a small table; while four seats on the lower deck behind the driver around a large table are also available for reservation. These are, by far, the 10 most popular seats on our buses and we know our customers will love being able to guarantee a reservation for them when booking their trip."

Reserved seating is sold in certain cities on select routes and times and is only valid on the trip scheduled. 

"Providing the ability to quickly, easily and affordably select some of the most popular seats will add comfort, peace of mind and an overall better travel experience for all our customers," added Alvich.

Megabus.com, a subsidiary of Coach USA, launched in April 2006 and is one of the largest city-to-city express bus service providers in North America. In addition to affordable fares, megabus.com offers customers state-of-the-art, green-certified double-decker buses with free Wi-Fi, power outlets, restrooms and are wheelchair accessible. Megabus.com equips every bus with three-point lap/shoulder seat belts, providing the top safety standard for megabus.com's 35 million passengers in more than 120 cities across North America.

Visit www.megabus.com for additional information about the service, schedules, arrival and departure times and fares.

Megabus.com, one of the largest privately funded providers of city-to-city express bus transportation, maintains the highest (Satisfactory) safety compliance rating with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Transportation Safety Exchange (TSX), an independent safety rating organization that provides safety ratings of more than 300,000 passenger and freight carriers, announced in January 2014 that all megabus.com carriers are TSX-approved. Megabus.com is the first carrier group to achieve TSX approval, demonstrating the most stringent safety standards in the industry.

Megabus.com is the first bus line to offer high-quality travel for as low as $1, plus a reservation fee, via the Internet. Megabus.com operates service to/from more than 120 major cities in North America from 13 hubs in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Texas Triangle (Dallas, Houston, San Antonio), Washington, D.C. and Toronto – creating more than 1,000 new, professional jobs during the past eight years. Visit www.megabus.com for a complete list of cities served.

Since its launch on April 10, 2006, megabus.com has served more than 35 million customers.

Service for megabus.com operates daily. Fares shown are one-way and include all government taxes.

* Watch the video here for safety information.

Megabus.com is a subsidiary of Coach USA, one of the largest transportation companies in North America. Paramus, N.J.-based Coach USA owns and operates nearly 30 local companies in North America, some that have been in business for more than 70 years, which operate scheduled bus routes, motor coach tours, airport transportation services, charters and sightseeing tours.

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