By SAMUEL BLATCHFORD
Capital News Service
LANSING – Do you need an alternative to Greyhound? Megabus, a national low-fare bus service, might be your new answer.
The company has restored its service to Michigan with connections to cities across the country and in Canada, with over 100 destinations.
The company is back after ceasing operations in the state in 2017 due to low ridership.
Megabus, with U.S. headquarters in New Jersey, is now partnering with Owosso-based bus company Indian Trails to offer service throughout the state.
Indian Trails said it recently ended its contract with Greyhound due to Greyhound’s new contract terms.
According to Megabus, the arrangement will expand service throughout the Midwest as well.
“This partnership will allow us to expand travel opportunities for customers in some additional cities in our network, like Detroit and Chicago, while welcoming customers in a new plethora of cities,” said Colin Emberson, a Megabus vice president.
Customers will be able to connect throughout the state, including destinations such as East Lansing, Detroit, Grand Rapids, St. Ignace, Clare, Big Rapids, Iron Mountain, Alpena, Traverse City, Cheboygan, Petoskey and Cadillac.
Indian Trails President Chad Cushman said, “We look forward to our new partnership with Megabus and the continued expansion of our service network.”
Megabus director of marketing, Meghan O’Hare, said, “As demand for travel steadily increases post-pandemic, we’re thrilled to be able to offer more travel options to customers.”
As of the launch date on April 3, Megabus lists a one-way ticket from Grand Rapids to Detroit for $32. Greyhound offers the same route for $39.