Megabus coming to Richmond with cheap fares

Published: Nov. 16, 2010 at 10:06 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2010 at 10:15 PM EST
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By Ben Garbarek - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Washington D.C. is only about a two hour drive from Richmond -- if you're lucky and don't get stuck in traffic.

Soon, there will be a new -- and possibly less stressful -- way to get to our Nation's Capital.

The bus company Megabus announced today it's adding routes from Richmond to Washington and also several cities in North Carolina.

You still might get stuck in traffic, but starting next month you'll at least be able to let someone else drive.

The bus will pick people up across the street from the Main Street Rail Station in downtown Richmond.

Some say they don't go to D.C. often because of the traffic, but might now.

"This means on a rainy day you can say, 'What are we going to do? We're going to go down to Main Street, hop on a bus and head to DC,'" said Charlotte Thompson.  "[We'll] see the Smithsonian, all the museums. Great family trip."

Fares start at just $1. Megabus says the farther in advance you book your ticket the cheaper the rates.

Most fares won't be only $1 but the average ticket will be about $20 each way.

Once you get to D.C., the bus will continue on to Baltimore and Philadelphia, and if you're looking to head south, the bus will go from Richmond down to Raleigh/Durham and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Transportation experts say this is something new for Richmonders.

"We haven't always had the cheapest airfare and Richmond isn't all that easy to get in and out of," said Martha Meade of AAA.  "The D.C. traffic is a challenge for many people so this is another option people could use."

Buses will take the trip up Interstate 95 seven times a day starting as early as 3:10 a.m. and running until 11:30 p.m.

Some potential riders say the late night buses are appealing.

"Having seven different buses, especially a late-night bus, will help people for entertainment and not just for job opportunities, sight-seeing and that sort of thing," Thompson said.

Megabus is offering 10,000 free trips from December 15 to January 15. To sign up for one of those free trips, type in the promotional code: ILUVDC.

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