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Megabus expands service from Detroit to Toledo and Pittsburgh

A few lucky travelers may be fast enough to snag a limited number of $1 fares to Pittsburgh or Toledo, now that Megabus.com, has launched service to those cities from Detroit.

Most travelers will pay a bit more than that as the departure date gets closer — but the rates offered by the city-to-city express bus company are amazingly cheap.

Hard to believe, but I’m taking Megabus to Chicago next Tuesday for just $15. Had I booked sooner than last week it would have been even cheaper. My return ticket, on a Sunday, is $33. And it costs only 50 cents to make a reservation. Such a deal!

In addition to low fares, megabus.com offers environmentally-friendly buses, free Wi-Fi, power outlets and restrooms.

And on my last Megabus trip to Chicago last winter with my daughter and three friends, the bus was on time both going and coming.

Now comes today’s news that Megabus named Pittsburgh as a hub and will begin daily service to and from Detroit and eight other new cities on May 11, meaning travelers may move on from Pittsburgh to cities out East, such as Washington D.C.and New York. Travelers may begin booking today at www.megabus.com for May 11 and beyond, or call (877)462-6342.

There will be four daily departures on this route from both the arrival and departure locations: the Rosa Parks Transit Center at 360 Michigan Ave. in downtown Detroit and the corner of Cass and Warren avenues on the Wayne State University campus.

Since its launch in April, 2006, Megabus.com, a subsidiary of Coach USA, has transported more than 9 million travelers. It currently serves more than 50 cities from Detroit and five other hubs in the Midwest and Northeast.

Visit www.megabus.com for additional information about the service, schedules, arrival and departure times and fares.

Susan R. Pollack
Globetrotting journalist and former Detroit News staff writer Susan R. Pollack has covered travel since 1985, visiting scores of countries on five continents, 47 states, six Canadian provinces and hundreds of cities, islands and outposts along the way. From Alaska, the Galapagos and New Zealand to Tasmania, Thailand and Wales, she has suffered the occasional lost luggage, jetlag and Montezuma’s revenge but still delights in sharing travel news and adventures with readers. In addition to The Detroit News, her award-winning stories have appeared in major newspapers including the Dallas Morning News, Toronto Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Chicago Sun Times; Midwest Living, Long Weekends, Hour Detroit, Michigan Meetings + Events and X-ology magazines, travelingmom.com and in several books, including "Rand McNally 2008 Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide."