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Bolt Bus

Prevost X3-45 in New York City
Slogan Bolt for a Buck
Parent Northeast: Greyhound Lines & Peter Pan Bus Lines
West Coast: Greyhound Lines
Founded 2008
Headquarters 25 County Avenue
Secaucus, NJ
Service area Northeastern United States
Pacific Northwest
Service type Intercity coach service
Routes 7
Destinations Northeast:
Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Cherry Hill, NJ; Greenbelt, MD; Newark, NJ; New York City, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC
Albany, OR; Bellingham, WA; Eugene, OR; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Vancouver, BC
Los Angeles, CA; Oakland, CA; San Jose, CA
Fleet 92
Fuel type Diesel

Website Official Web site

BoltBus is an intercity bus service which operates in the northeastern and northwestern United States and British Columbia, Canada. Its northeastern operation is a joint venture between Greyhound Lines and Peter Pan Bus Lines providing service from New York City and Newark, NJ to other cities in the northeastern United States along the Interstate 95 corridor.[1] Its west coast operation is owned directly by Greyhound and offer services the Pacific Northwest (between Vancouver, British Columbia and Portland, Oregon) and in California (between Los Angeles, San Jose and Oakland). Both routes run along the Interstate 5 corridor. Separate service is also offered in Long Island, New York, providing line run service to and from New York City operated by a local company under contract (Hampton Luxury Liner & Classic Coach).[2] BoltBus utilizes the existing operating authority of Greyhound Lines (except for the Long Island operation), although it is run as a distinct business.

The service is designed to compete with Chinatown bus carriers and other discount carriers.[3]



The BoltBus network in the northeast radiates from New York City from street stops near New York Penn Station, although there are different departure points for different lines. Service is currently available between New York City and Washington, D.C.'s Union Station, Baltimore's Penn Station, the Greenbelt Metro station in Greenbelt, Maryland, Philadelphia at 30th Street Station and suburban Cherry Hill, New Jersey (Cherry Hill Mall), and Boston's South Station Bus Terminal.[4]

On March 24, 2011, BoltBus expanded its service into Newark, New Jersey. It began providing service from Newark Penn Station to Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C.'s Union Station.

On June 23, 2011, BoltBus began providing service from Newark Penn Station to Philadelphia, stopping at John F. Kennedy Boulevard and N. 30th St. across the street from the west entrance of the 30th Street Station, and to Boston South Station. Schedules on this route originate and terminate in Boston and Philadelphia with an intermediary stop in Newark.[5]

Beginning January 2013, BoltBus service was expanded to Long Island, New York. Unlike other lines using the operating authority of Greyhound Lines, this line utilizes equipment owned and operated by locally-based Schoolman Transportation.[2]

West Coast

On May 17, 2012, BoltBus expanded to the Pacific Northwest, offering service between Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon.[6] Service expanded to Vancouver, British Columbia and Bellingham on May 31, 2012[7] and again to Southern Oregon making stops in Albany and Eugene.

BoltBus will expand its service into California on October 31, 2013 offering service between Union Station in Los Angeles, Diridon Station in San Jose and the West Oakland BART Station in Oakland.[8]


Unlike parent Greyhound, all tickets sold on BoltBus are for reserved seating and buses are not oversold.[9] On each trip, at least one seat is offered at $1, with most seats sold in the $20–$40 range, via the yield management model.[10] The $1 fare is the basis for its slogan “Bolt for a Buck”.[11] Since buses don't operate out of stations passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets either online or on the phone before heading to the bus stop, but drivers will also accept cash from "walk-up" passengers, if space is available (walk-up tickets typically cost 30% more than online fares).[9] Passengers are assigned to a boarding group which means the passengers who purchased their tickets earlier, get to board the bus and choose their seats earlier. Members of Bolt Rewards are always allowed to board with the first group.[9]

BoltBus routes (including the ones operated by Schoolman) use mostly newer model Prevost X3-45 coaches (with a few MCI D4505 coaches). All motorcoaches are equipped with wireless Internet access by WAAV, Inc. and leather seats that have armrests, footrests, seat belts and 120V power outlets (at most seats).[9] The motorcoaches used on BoltBus have had 5 seats removed, giving passengers additional legroom and eliminating the middle seat from the last row.


Further reading

  • Bowen, Alison, Metro newspaper, New York City, October 31, 2011

External links

  • BoltBus website
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