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Megabus returns to LA, expands service in time for holiday travel

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Angelenos will have a busload of new holiday travel options this year. — the low-cost, express bus service that briefly rolled through Los Angeles in 2007 — will be returning next month with expanded operations across California and Nevada 

Los Angeles will be one of the new West Coast hubs, and beginning Dec. 12, the wheels on the city-to-city bus will go round-and-round from Union Station...

To the following locations: 

  • Las Vegas
  • Oakland
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose 

With the following amenities: 

  • No charge for the first checked bag
  • Free onboard Wi-Fi
  • At-seat power outlets
  • Single and double decker buses
  • Bathrooms
  • Panoramic views

Travel times will vary depending on day of the week and time of day. Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas, for example, ranges from just over five hours, to just under six and a half hours. 

Locations were also announced for Sacramento, Riverside, and Sparks/Reno, but they are not part of the L.A. route. Tickets for all can be booked online, and fares are guaranteed $1 each way during the first week of service, the company announced Wednesday.

Low ridership let the air out of the operation's tires the first time around, but the company believes social media will help remedy that situation, according to the L.A. Times.

Mike Alvich, a Megabus vice president, said he expects the Los Angeles service to be more successful now because his bus company will spread the word on social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

"We think there is a pent-up demand for a better way to travel," he said.

Alvich predicts "young professionals, college students and senior citizens" will make up the bulk of L.A. riders, he told the paper.