All Aboard For One Last Ride
Economy travel line discontinued in East Lansing
Megabus, the company know for it’s competitively priced travel options has opted to end its engagement with routes leading to and from East Lansing. On Jan. 9, rides to and from East Lansing will become obsolete.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the New Jersey based organization made their decision to cut services, in mid-Michigan and other Midwest locations, in an effort to cut cost as the demand for cheap road travel has dwindled due to declining gas prices. Locally, routes have regularly traveled from East Lansing to Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Chicago; popular destinations for area students and others looking for a convenient travel option that wont brake the bank.
Megabus has become a staple for local travelers and it’s offering of trips for as little as $1 has been an enticing option since the brand’s launch in 2006.
Larger cities, such as the aforementioned Chicago, will also see downsize in services in the New Year. The cut back is expected to create job losses of up to 100+ employees in respective regions, though some employees may be picked up in other markets. The company has since faced some backlash from employees upon receiving the news; many drivers are union members prepared to salvage the situation as best as possible but adamantly won’t go down without a fight.
While the impact on the local job market is yet to be seen, the service will be surely missed by those looking for affordable travel options. Competitive bus liners, such as Greyhound charge up to 5 times the cost of Megabus on average.
Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-megabus-downsizing-chicago-1111-biz-20161110-story.html