Greyhound Releases Well-Timed Deal For $1 Fare To Customers Of Shuttered Bus Companies

After U.S. officials shut down 26 bus operations shuttling passengers between New York and Florida, citing safety violations, Greyhound has gone ahead and seized the opportunity to remind customers that they’re ready to take you where you need to go. In a bit of grave dancing, Greyhound announced a $1 one-way fare to customers who purchased tickets on the shuttered bus carriers.

In a press release, Greyhound announces that the fares are only valid between June 1 and June 16 for customers who purchased tickets prior to May 31 on one of the carriers listed as closed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Those customers will need to bring their ticket and proof of purchase with them to any Greyhound terminal to receive the special fare.

“We understand many have had their travel plans disrupted, and Greyhound wants to take care of those who have been affected, ensuring they arrive at their planned destination safely and on time,” said Dave Leach, president and CEO, Greyhound. “As the value and safety leader in the industry, Greyhound is ready to provide these customers a better travel option to more major cities with more frequency across the Eastern United States.”

The companies involved in the government crackdown served around 1,800 passengers per day, carrying them along Interstate 95. Most of those routes either originated or terminated in New York’s Chinatown neighborhood.

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  1. Blueskylaw says:

    Benjamin “Ben” Holladay (October 14, 1819–July 8, 1887) was an American transportation businessman responsible for creating the Overland Stage to California during the height of the 1849 California Gold Rush. Ben Holladay created a stagecoach empire and he is known in history as the “Stagecoach King”.

    Ben Holladay used to come into a town, open up a stage line with discount rates, wait till the competition went out of business or sold out to him, then he would double rates of what his competitors used to charge, and cut service in order to squeeze as much profit as he could from his line and customers.

    • DrLumen says:

      I’m not sure what your point is but this would not work today. It’s called predatory pricing and there would be anti-trust complaints not to mention the slews of class action attorneys chomping at the bit.

      As to being the only remaining carrier… keep in mind that the gov’t subsidizes Greyhound to keep them in business. I’m sure the gov’t would like to see more bus lines and competition but there will always be at least one and that one is currently Greyhound. The reason I was told (someone in the GH corp) for this logic was to ensure mobilization in times of war or for possible mass evacuations.

      • pythonspam says:

        I took my first MegaBus trip over the past weekend, and loved it.
        No TSA hassle, pickup/dropoff in convenient city centers, WIFI provided, (maybe a little slow when everyone was using it, but still enough to check email and such), and no cancellations because the bus is only half full (like the airlines do daily.)

  2. crispyduck13 says:

    Last night on ABC World News they had a spot on this bus sting debacle, and the reporter said something like “these carriers were shut down for having dangerous operations practices, unlike the superior carriers like Greyhound.”

    And I laughed and I laughed…

    I mean sure, maybe Greyhound doesn’t have as many bus accidents but calling them superior to say, a sock, is hilarious.

    • Tim says:

      These carriers make Greyhound look like the safest company in the world. Seriously. Many of the drivers didn’t have CDLs. They often drove past their legal time limits. The buses often had lights, brakes or tires that failed inspections.

      Greyhound may be bad, but these were horrible.

  3. jessjj347 says:

    So are these $1 fares for Bolt Bus? I don’t see a link to a Greyhound advert, but I would assume the $1 fare is for their cheaper bus line

  4. finbar says:

    Took Greyhound up 101 in Northern California once. Between the dude talking to a crystal and the variose drunk dudes it was an interesting ride.

  5. I'll Buy That For A Dollar says:

    Shut downed? That’s a laugh. They are still operating with the gates shuttered. I see everyday scores of their customers standing on the sidewalk waiting for a bus to pull up. Come down to Chinatown at Allen street if you don’t believe me.

  6. I'll Buy That For A Dollar says:

    Shut downed? That’s a laugh. They are still operating with the gates shuttered. I see everyday scores of their customers standing on the sidewalk waiting for a bus to pull up. Come down to Chinatown at Allen street if you don’t believe me.

  7. DriveByLurker says:

    Although, if you read the fine print for the one dollar “Super Sitter” fare, regardless of your origin and destination, you have to change busses in Atlanta… *twice*.

  8. Press1forDialTone says:

    Go Greyhound! Dance on those ahole graves and
    lets close down more of these greedy evil transports.
    Maybe then Greyhound and the handful of other legacy
    heavily regulated lines will get enough revenue to upscale
    their service without skyrocketing the prices. Travelling
    Greyhound is never going to be a first-class experience
    but it might improve noticeably after the crackdown and
    what we do need is more inter-carrier competition not
    intra-carrier competition. Let’s help Amtrak and Greyhound
    stick it to the airlines which are already operating as a multi-company
    monopoly.