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By Kimberley Donoghue
PBN Web Editor
PROVIDENCE- Megabus, the low-cost bus service, has opened its Providence to N.Y. route on Wednesday with 240 passengers and an attractive starting fare price: $1.
“We’re not a traditional demographic, we carry a lot of students and business travelers,” said Dennis Lyons, vice president of the operating company, DATTCO Coach & Tour Group.
Lyons expects the Providence route to be a “smaller version” of the company's service in Boston, where Megabus has been operating for two years.
Megabus first broke into the U.S. market in 2006, importing its low-cost ticket price, just £1, from the U.K.; currently, the company operates in 28 U.S. cities and Canada.
The Providence-New York route has three daily departures from its stop on Fountain St. at 6:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The buses have WiFi and laptop chargers incorporated.
“Travelers are continuously searching for economical options and quality service,” said Dale Moser, Megabus president and COO. “The great travel values offered by megabus.com provide a real opportunity for Providence residents to travel frequently and do more at their final destinations.”