Originally Posted by Nowhereman1280
On MegaBus right now, their free internet is great and its cheaper than Amtrak on a weekend. It's not worth the discount on weekdays, however, when you run the risk of being snarled in traffic and seeing a 1:45 bus ride become a 3:00 one. Hope this catches on down in TX. Would be nice to see them start stringing together of of their regions. I'd love be able to Mega from Chicago to NYC for example. Just take an overnight bus and sleep. Leave at 9 pm get in at 12:00 or so the next day...
You're correct, but there is no real Amtrak service in Texas to compete with. The Dallas-Austin-SA corridor has one train daily, and the Houston-SA corridor has three trains a week
. There is no train service on the Dallas-Houston corridor.
To contrast, Megabus will provide eight
daily roundtrips between Houston and Dallas, with two Houston-area stops. They're really rolling this out aggressively... hopefully it pays off. With enough frequency, the bus should be just as convenient and fast as flying without the hassles of security. Most supersized Texas freeways have carpool lanes so the bus should be able to breeze past a lot of traffic jams.
Southwest is gonna throw a fit when they find out about this...