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BoltBus, Favorite of Frugal Riders, Suspends Service Indefinitely

BoltBus, the bus service recognized for providing its passengers Wi-Fi and $1 lottery seats, is shutting down operations indefinitely after months of low ridership through the pandemic, in line with Greyhound, its father or mother company.

The low cost bus operator announced final month that it was transferring most of its routes to Greyhound so it may “undergo renovations.” BoltBus had suspended service earlier through the pandemic, however its father or mother company stated this week that the operator had no plans to place its buses again on the street.

“Currently there is not a timeline to return BoltBus operations,” Emma Kaiser, a Greyhound spokeswoman, advised The Seattle Times.

Greyhound didn’t reply to emails or telephone calls searching for touch upon Saturday.

Greyhound, which operates the most important intercity bus fleet in North America, teamed up with Peter Pan Bus Lines in 2008 to begin BoltBus. The firms wished to supply an reasonably priced journey to folks postpone by grubbier alternate options on the market.

At least one seat on each BoltBus journey offered for $1 plus a reserving payment. Passengers may reserve seats, not like on Greyhound. BoltBus provided passengers Wi-Fi, particular person energy retailers and further legroom, in line with its website.

The company shuttled riders amongst cities within the Northeast and within the Pacific Northwest. Greyhound took sole possession of BoltBus in 2017.

In May, Greyhound introduced that it was shutting down its remaining Canadian operations.

Other low-cost intercity bus operators which can be nonetheless operating, together with FlixBus, Peter Pan and Megabus, might even see a surge in riders, as a result of home journey is on the rise as pandemic restrictions loosen.