Intercity Bus News Update, Mid-Summer 2020
Transportation professionals,

We are pleased to announce the creation of a quarterly  Intercity Bus Podcast . Our first installment features David Hall , a consultant who spent 12 years as Senior Director of BoltBus, a Division of Greyhound. Interviewer Brian Antolin discusses milestones and the changing market for intercity bus service with Mr. Hall. The interview lasts 20 minutes.  Mr. Hall has formed a consultancy, FleetMotum, and has extensive background in fleet and service planning, as can be seen on his LinkedIn page .
We’d also like to share some of the notable news about intercity bus travel that has emerged since our e-news in early July.

1. In a surprise move, Uber launched an intercity bus service in Egypt, replete with double-deck buses, linking Cairo and Alexandria--with more expansion in that country apparently coming.  

2. The popular   Virginia Breeze service funded by the state of Virginia, which prior to the pandemic enjoyed considerable momentum, is running again. Each of the three routes operated will be limited to 50% capacity in response to COVID concerns. All three routes are now on sale on the Megabus platform.

3.  An excellent article in the Washington Post describes the push to support the intercity bus industry in  federal recovery legislation . We eagerly await the news about the next relief bill.

4.  An important new analysis by the National Rural Transit Assistance Program reviews “Program Status and Trends” in rural intercity bus programs, based on survey results.

5.  Peter Pan recently increased service levels to include limited midweek frequencies (1-2 trips) on the Boston-New York, Boston-Hyannis as well as the Philadelphia-New York & Washington/Baltimore routes. Most of the company's other services operate five days a week, Thursday through Sunday.

6. OurBus is slowly ramping up service within its service area with one round trip, four days a week (Thurs - Mon), between metro Boston & New York and one round trip, two days a week (Fri/Sun) between Douglassville, Reading, Kutztown and points in the Lehigh Valley to New York. It also running round trip, two days a week (Fri/Sun) between Lancaster, King of Prussia and other Philadelphia suburban locations to New York.

Please check out our podcast (again, only 20 minutes) and expect our next Intercity Bus E-News in September. Stay safe!

Joe Schwieterman and Brian Antolin
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