Megabus.com, the intercity bus company known for its $1 fare offers, is expanding its Baltimore service with new routes serving Boston, Buffalo and Toronto.
Dale Moser, president and chief operating officer of Coach USA/Megabus.com, said the company will begin selling tickets for the new routes today. He said the company will begin operating the routes Dec. 15.
The rides will begin in Washington and stop at the current Megabus.com stop at White Marsh Park & Ride lot before continuing to their destinations.
Moser said there would be two rides each day to Buffalo and from there to Toronto, as well as two return trips. There will also be two buses to and from Boston each day.
In addition, the company has designated Washington as a hub, and will add service from there to Richmond and Hampton, Va.
Megabus.com, a subsidiary of the Scotland-based Stagecoach Group, began operating in the United States in 2006 and started serving Baltimore in 2008. It currently offers routes between White Marsh and Washington, Philadelphia and New York.
The bus line is known for the $1 fares it offers to riders who book early enough. Moser said charges go up in increments before reaching the full fare.
"The earlier you book, the better possibility of a $1 seat," Moser said.
Moser said that as part of its promotion of a national expansion of routes to 11 cities, the company will give away 10,000 free rides in the first four weeks of the new service.
The executive said Paramus, N.J.-based Megabus.com operates a fleet of new vehicles with reclining seats, restrooms, free Wi-Fi and electrical plug-ins, among other amenities. It now operates in 10 states and Canada.