BoltBus, Favorite of Frugal Riders, Suspends Service Indefinitely

BoltBus, the bus service identified for providing its passengers Wi-Fi and $1 lottery seats, is shutting down operations indefinitely after months of low ridership through the pandemic, in response to Greyhound, its dad or mum firm.

The low cost bus operator introduced final month that it was transferring most of its routes to Greyhound so it might “undergo renovations.” BoltBus had suspended service earlier through the pandemic, however its dad or mum firm mentioned 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, instructed The Seattle Times.

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

Greyhound, which operates the biggest intercity bus fleet in North America, teamed up with Peter Pan Bus Lines in 2008 to start out BoltBus. The firms wished to supply an reasonably priced trip to individuals delay by grubbier alternate options in the marketplace.

At least one seat on each BoltBus trip bought for $1 plus a reserving charge. Passengers might reserve seats, in contrast to on Greyhound. BoltBus provided passengers Wi-Fi, particular person energy retailers and additional legroom, in response to its web site.

The firm 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 are nonetheless working, 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.