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2012-08-03 10:33:18 AM  
My money is that the wreck was caused by a falling orange ford pinto wagon
 
2012-08-03 10:33:45 AM  
DUCK!
 
2012-08-03 10:33:47 AM  
It said 81 tickets had been sold for the trip, but police said the bus' manifest showed only 64 passengers. The discrepancy couldn't immediately be explained.

Money Laundering can be explained...
 
2012-08-03 10:35:09 AM  
Or one could look at it as a transformer that turns into a pile of burning rubble.
 
2012-08-03 10:36:07 AM  
This accident aside, what has been your experience with Megabus? I have to get from DC to Pittsburgh and back next weekend and it will be cheapest by far.
 
2012-08-03 10:36:12 AM  
Mega Rules...
images4.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-08-03 10:36:55 AM  
Horrifying, but thank god it doesn't look as bad as the Megabus crash in New York last year.

/there's a lesson to be learned in this.... and I think it's sit in the lower level on double-decker buses.
 
2012-08-03 10:37:44 AM  
There isn't a hope in Hell I would ever ride in a square metal box on wheels filled with screaming brats, sweaty hillbillies, and fast food farts, driven by someone whose career has peaked at that level and who works for a company whose corporate logo includes a creepy-looking paedo driver with moobies and a subtle image of a cock wearing a luminescent condom on the bill of his cap.

www.dublinbusstuff.com
 
2012-08-03 10:37:47 AM  
newton: It said 81 tickets had been sold for the trip, but police said the bus' manifest showed only 64 passengers. The discrepancy couldn't immediately be explained.

Money Laundering can be explained...


With fares of as little as $1 its entirely possible that some people bought more than 1 ticket just to make sure there would be empty seats and they wouldn't be crammed in like sardines.
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2012-08-03 10:39:03 AM  

newton: It said 81 tickets had been sold for the trip, but police said the bus' manifest showed only 64 passengers. The discrepancy couldn't immediately be explained.

Money Laundering can be explained...


The local station yesterday reported some of the passengers from Chicago got off in Springfield before the crash.
 
2012-08-03 10:39:47 AM  

Supes: Horrifying, but thank god it doesn't look as bad as the Megabus crash in New York last year.

/there's a lesson to be learned in this.... and I think it's sit in the lower level on double-decker buses.


I think the upper deck is half off. After hitting the underpass.
 
2012-08-03 10:40:15 AM  

Wellon Dowd: This accident aside, what has been your experience with Megabus? I have to get from DC to Pittsburgh and back next weekend and it will be cheapest by far.


If you value your sanity, don't do it.
 
2012-08-03 10:40:37 AM  

One killed as Megabus turned into Shortbus


It looks like this bus's progress was...

*sunglasses*

retarded.


YEEAAAAHHHHH!!
 
2012-08-03 10:41:01 AM  
I've never heard anything good about Megabus, and I've heard plenty of bad. I wouldn't ride one of you paid me.
 
2012-08-03 10:44:21 AM  

ElPresidente: screaming brats, sweaty hillbillies, and fast food farts


At first, I was thinking "band name," but that really sounds more like a punk album name.
 
2012-08-03 10:45:37 AM  
I drove for Megabus for a while. I quit after my second week. A ticket costs as little as one dollar. For your average middle class American, that's like moving your family into the projects for eight hours. The route I had, Atlanta-to-DC, was a nightmare. The bus was filled with the loudest, most obnoxious, argumentative people I've ever met in my life. To try to quiet them down, I put on a movie, Medea Goes To Jail, and it was like throwing a single banana into a cage of angry primates. One old woman yelled, "YOU fark HER ASS MEDEA! YOU fark HER GOOD!" Why does grandma need to talk that way?

Never again.
 
2012-08-03 10:47:03 AM  

spman: I've never heard anything good about Megabus, and I've heard plenty of bad. I wouldn't ride one of you paid me.


For what it's worth, I've taken Megabus from NYC to Hartford a ton of times and have had generally very positive experiences. Rarely takes more than the expected 2 1/2 hours (though I'm smart enough to avoid buses that would hit rush hour traffic). I've liked it quite a bit more than BoltBus.

And it's loads better than the sketchy Chinatown buses I used to frequent. Now those were a nightmare.
 
2012-08-03 10:49:37 AM  
I don't know about Megabus, but Bolt Bus is run by Greyhound and I've taken it many times from DC/Balto to MSG. Never once hand anything but a good trip.

By posting that comment here, I've probably now ruined it for everyone.
 
2012-08-03 10:50:47 AM  

ElPresidente: here isn't a hope in Hell I would ever ride in a square metal box on wheels filled with screaming brats, sweaty hillbillies, and fast food farts, driven by someone whose career has peaked at that level and who works for a company whose corporate logo includes a creepy-looking paedo driver with moobies and a subtle image of a cock wearing a luminescent condom on the bill of his cap.


Congrats on being a rich stuck-up douche.

newton: It said 81 tickets had been sold for the trip, but police said the bus' manifest showed only 64 passengers. The discrepancy couldn't immediately be explained.

Money Laundering can be explained...


Aside from the other commenter's post that some passengers may have gotten off, I know that many people purchase the tickets in bulk well in advanced because that is the only way to get the "$1.00" fares. When you travel a route often enough, it certainly pays to have purchased 50 or so $1 tickets and only use the ones you need, as opposed to $10-$15 per trip booked a few days out.

/Used to use Bolt & Mega to commute between Philly & NYC... overall not terrible, wi-fi was pretty consistent, and depending on the time of the commute, traffic wasn't a problem.
 
2012-08-03 10:51:43 AM  

Fubegra: ElPresidente: screaming brats, sweaty hillbillies, and fast food farts

At first, I was thinking "band name," but that really sounds more like a punk album name.


Maybe three acts in some kind of bandapalooza?

/I was a fan of Fast Food Farts before they became famous
//now they're just sucky sell outs
 
2012-08-03 10:53:09 AM  
At least they didn't go up.... Mount Diablo!

2.bp.blogspot.com

/obscure?
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2012-08-03 10:55:44 AM  

spentmiles: I drove for Megabus for a while. I quit after my second week. A ticket costs as little as one dollar. For your average middle class American, that's like moving your family into the projects for eight hours. The route I had, Atlanta-to-DC, was a nightmare. The bus was filled with the loudest, most obnoxious, argumentative people I've ever met in my life. To try to quiet them down, I put on a movie, Medea Goes To Jail, and it was like throwing a single banana into a cage of angry primates. One old woman yelled, "YOU fark HER ASS MEDEA! YOU fark HER GOOD!" Why does grandma need to talk that way?

Never again.


You should have put "Speed" on.



/"YOU fark HIS ASS SANDRA BULLOCK! YOU fark HIM GOOD!"
 
2012-08-03 10:58:11 AM  

flaminio: At least they didn't go up.... Mount Diablo!

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 550x238]

/obscure?


Deploy the flags of many nations!
 
2012-08-03 10:58:31 AM  
"raising flags of all nations..."

/obscure?
 
2012-08-03 11:00:55 AM  

SmellsLikePoo: ElPresidente: here isn't a hope in Hell I would ever ride in a square metal box on wheels filled with screaming brats, sweaty hillbillies, and fast food farts, driven by someone whose career has peaked at that level and who works for a company whose corporate logo includes a creepy-looking paedo driver with moobies and a subtle image of a cock wearing a luminescent condom on the bill of his cap.

Congrats on being a rich stuck-up douche.


And congrats to you on being a poor, sweaty, fast food farting hillbilly.
 
2012-08-03 11:01:27 AM  

Oldiron_79: newton: It said 81 tickets had been sold for the trip, but police said the bus' manifest showed only 64 passengers. The discrepancy couldn't immediately be explained.

Money Laundering can be explained...

With fares of as little as $1 its entirely possible that some people bought more than 1 ticket just to make sure there would be empty seats and they wouldn't be crammed in like sardines.


IIRC the $1 thing only applies to the very first person who bought the ticket for that bus -- they basically refund most of your ticket once everyone's boarded. The typical ticket is around $15 (I think that's what it cost for NYC-Boston, anyway).
 
2012-08-03 11:03:19 AM  

Wellon Dowd: This accident aside, what has been your experience with Megabus? I have to get from DC to Pittsburgh and back next weekend and it will be cheapest by far.


We went from Pittsburgh to NYC and back. The outbound ride was just fine, with about half the bus occupied. The return was full to the gills, but no real complaints there either.

If I had to complain about something, it was that only about half the power outlets worked on either leg. Really, take a book and a pair of headphones. It's hard to beat the price, and the overall experience is MUCH better than Greyhound. For context, in my one Greyhound experience, the driver stopped every hour or so to pray over the P/A, beseeching god to not steer the bus into "trial, tribulation or other vehicles".
 
2012-08-03 11:05:57 AM  

Wellon Dowd: This accident aside, what has been your experience with Megabus? I have to get from DC to Pittsburgh and back next weekend and it will be cheapest by far.


Indy to Chicago wasn't bad. Their in-bus wifi is a joke though.
 
2012-08-03 11:07:02 AM  
This is why you don't want to sit in the front top seat. Everyone races to that seat because you get good views. But I'd rather be alive with an OK view, than dead with a better view.

/dead men see no views
 
2012-08-03 11:10:18 AM  
I've never used Megabus but the wife has and the one time she used it the bus broke down on the Ohio Turnpike about 30 minutes into the trip between Toledo and Chicago.. Her mom had to go pick her up from the side of the road because it was
going to be an eight hour wait until the bus got fixed and they weren't bringing another bus to finish the route..
 
2012-08-03 11:13:20 AM  

Supes: spman: I've never heard anything good about Megabus, and I've heard plenty of bad. I wouldn't ride one of you paid me.

For what it's worth, I've taken Megabus from NYC to Hartford a ton of times and have had generally very positive experiences. Rarely takes more than the expected 2 1/2 hours (though I'm smart enough to avoid buses that would hit rush hour traffic). I've liked it quite a bit more than BoltBus.

And it's loads better than the sketchy Chinatown buses I used to frequent. Now those were a nightmare.


Yeah, I've taken Megabus from Philly to New York numerous times and never had any negative experiences. I guess I get lucky and everyone showers and sleeps the whole time.
 
2012-08-03 11:14:53 AM  
Has anybody ever seen the movie The Big Bus? It is a Seventies parody of Seventies disaster movies featuring a giant nuclear-powered bus. It was in turn parodied by Futurama. I haven't been able to find the whole movie online, but I aim to see it some day.

This "megabus" business sounds like life is imitating satire imitating life, ad infinitum.

Cool. Satirists have come up with some great ideas, and even cartoonists, those lowly drudges in Sector 7-G of South Korea's workhouses, have managed to anticipate just about every major avant-guard movement in art, fashion and literature in the last 250 years. They've done punk hairstyles (in the 1860s!), cubism, futurism, every thing you can imagine and some thing you never would.

The super rich have turned to luxury buses and even the common van to ensure their anonymity, privacy and comfort, seeing as the common stretch limo has become too accessible to the unwashed masses, who can even look in the windows if they aren't mirrored, or who drive around celebrating their graduation or sharing a private moment with hookers and blow.
 
2012-08-03 11:15:26 AM  
Wow.. I don't really get the hate here. I've taken it twice (Charlotte to Durham, Charlotte to Richmond, both round trips) and great experiences both times. Left Thursdays, returned Sundays, trips were fine. Sure it was a little packed, but for such a cheap ticket that's not surprising and it wasn't sardine packed. No problems at all. My elderly mother also recently took it Richmond to NY with a similar pleasant experience. Maybe we were lucky, but I don't get the megabus hate.
 
2012-08-03 11:17:52 AM  

ElPresidente: There isn't a hope in Hell I would ever ride in a square metal box on wheels filled with screaming brats, sweaty hillbillies, and fast food farts, driven by someone whose career has peaked at that level and who works for a company whose corporate logo includes a creepy-looking paedo driver with moobies and a subtle image of a cock wearing a luminescent condom on the bill of his cap.

[www.dublinbusstuff.com image 850x826]


But enough about flying.....
 
2012-08-03 11:18:17 AM  

spentmiles: I drove for Megabus for a while. I quit after my second week. A ticket costs as little as one dollar. For your average middle class American, that's like moving your family into the projects for eight hours. The route I had, Atlanta-to-DC, was a nightmare. The bus was filled with the loudest, most obnoxious, argumentative people I've ever met in my life. To try to quiet them down, I put on a movie, Medea Goes To Jail, and it was like throwing a single banana into a cage of angry primates. One old woman yelled, "YOU fark HER ASS MEDEA! YOU fark HER GOOD!" Why does grandma need to talk that way?

Never again.


So that is how the Farkers in the Politics tab get around...
 
2012-08-03 11:19:01 AM  

Arkanaut: Oldiron_79: newton: It said 81 tickets had been sold for the trip, but police said the bus' manifest showed only 64 passengers. The discrepancy couldn't immediately be explained.

Money Laundering can be explained...

With fares of as little as $1 its entirely possible that some people bought more than 1 ticket just to make sure there would be empty seats and they wouldn't be crammed in like sardines.

IIRC the $1 thing only applies to the very first person who bought the ticket for that bus -- they basically refund most of your ticket once everyone's boarded. The typical ticket is around $15 (I think that's what it cost for NYC-Boston, anyway).


Wrong. I have gotten several tickets for $1 and wasn't the very first person to buy them. You just have to buy them early. And for people putting down Megabus, it'shiat or miss. You can have a great experience, paying $1 for DC to NYC and having no problems, or it can be a Hell on Earth experience. I have had both.

Hellish one: Coming home to DC from Durham, NC. Regular Megabus wasn't available so they gave us a regular Coach company bus. That's their parent company. Bus had no wifi or electrical outlets like Megabus has. This was in the hot hot heat of July 2011 btw. A/C stopped working about 1 hour into trip. Windows don't open. It became Hell on Earth (literally). Worse than a prison hotbox. 4 hours to go still. Halfway home we stopped in Richmond, VA to get a new bus sent to us. Bus driver said "Everybody stick close by so we can leave when it comes". Guy part of couple leaves and when bus comes we have to wait 30 minutes for him to get back. We should have left him. When he gets back on a girl in the front says "Try to be on time next time". Guy freaks out throwing F-bombs and screaming at her and the bus driver. Even started throwing things. Cops called while we were on the road. Bus pulled over. Guy and his GF removed. Quite a stressful trip all around.

I emailed the CEO of company, Dale Moser, telling him my horror story. He apologized, gave me a full refund for both one way trips (which was around $45 due to me buying tickets last minute) and he gave me two free round trips anywhere I wanted to go in the future. Great guy and great company.
 
2012-08-03 11:20:44 AM  
Filter owned. for hit or miss with "it's in front of it.
 
2012-08-03 11:20:49 AM  

Electrify: spentmiles: I drove for Megabus for a while. I quit after my second week. A ticket costs as little as one dollar. For your average middle class American, that's like moving your family into the projects for eight hours. The route I had, Atlanta-to-DC, was a nightmare. The bus was filled with the loudest, most obnoxious, argumentative people I've ever met in my life. To try to quiet them down, I put on a movie, Medea Goes To Jail, and it was like throwing a single banana into a cage of angry primates. One old woman yelled, "YOU fark HER ASS MEDEA! YOU fark HER GOOD!" Why does grandma need to talk that way?

Never again.

So that is how the Farkers in the Politics tab get around...


I never imagined it only took 26 minutes to get from Atlanta to DC.
 
2012-08-03 11:27:09 AM  

Wellon Dowd: This accident aside, what has been your experience with Megabus? I have to get from DC to Pittsburgh and back next weekend and it will be cheapest by far.


Extremely dangerous. The drivers are wreckless and go without sleep. It is a miracle they haven't had more accidents like this. And definitely don't sit on the top deck.
 
2012-08-03 11:38:38 AM  

spman: I've never heard anything good about Megabus, and I've heard plenty of bad. I wouldn't ride one of you paid me.


The man behind Megabus is a notoriously homophobic fundie. That's enough to deter me from using his business.
 
2012-08-03 11:51:06 AM  

flaminio: At least they didn't go up.... Mount Diablo!

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 550x238]

/obscure?


At least it wasn't a land titanic

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-08-03 11:58:45 AM  

Wellon Dowd: This accident aside, what has been your experience with Megabus?


Mostly good and some bad. I've done several trips on the Chicago to St. Louis route (the same route as this latest accident) when visiting my dad downstate and my St. Louis friends. Usually left Chicago early Thursday morning and had a seat to myself. Coming back on Sunday afternoon the bus was usually at full capacity - mostly college students from Columbia Mo. coming back home or from a big game. Dunno about the free wi-fi, but I usually had an iPod or a book to keep me occupied.

What sucked about those trips is standing outside Union Station in Chicago in December waiting for the bus to arrive. Also a few summers ago I waited in 100 degree heat (with no shelter) in St. Louis, and the bus was late. They ended up overbooking and had to use an extra Charter bus for the overflow.

We'd always stop at the halfway point - the Dixie truck-stop just a few miles south of Bloomington. You'd get a half-hour to do your business and grab some lunch. Sometimes both the Chicago-St. Louis and the St. Louis-Chicago would stop at the same time, and you had to be careful not to get on the wrong bus.

Nowadays I take Amtrak for my St. Louis trips, which are much more comfortable and just as cheap if you buy your tickets early enough ($50-60 round trip).

My last Megabus trip was Chicago to Iowa City to visit my sister, and that was full of FAIL. Our bus out of Chicago was delayed by over an hour, although that wasn't Megabus' fault. The bus couldn't get to the block where the stop was because the city was running an emergency drill that morning (this was a few weeks before the NATO summit). The bus on the way back was almost an hour late. This old man who owned property next to the Megabus stop kept biatching at people to stay off his lawn and threatened to call the tow truck on the people who parked their cars in his lot. When the bus finally arrived, the air conditioner was not working. We were at full capacity, and we rode all the way to Chicago without stopping halfway.
 
2012-08-03 12:54:40 PM  
images4.wikia.nocookie.net

The bus should have squeezed itself in, to avoid the bridge
 
2012-08-03 12:55:27 PM  

Walker: I emailed the CEO of company, Dale Moser, telling him my horror story. He apologized, gave me a full refund for both one way trips (which was around $45 due to me buying tickets last minute) and he gave me two free round trips anywhere I wanted to go in the future. Great guy and great company.


I had a different experience with them. The bus rides were fine, no complaints from me there. Though if you're a tall guy, I wouldn't expect you'd have much leg room unless you were in the upstairs front seat (aka death seat).

Anyway, 2 days before my planned trip, my mother had a massive heart attack. I spent the whole day at the hospital, then attempted to cancel my trip when I got home. The website wasn't working. I tried again in the morning, which was still within the 24 hr cancellation time period. Website still wasn't working, I called customer service and they said they couldn't cancel it for me, but that I could try the website. I asked to speak to a manager since they didn't seem to understand that the website was not working and I was directed to a voice mailbox. When they finally returned my call they said it was too late to cancel my trip because it was within 24 hrs of my trip, but I still had time to reschedule my return trip. I finally told her the reason I was cancelling (which caused me to choke up) and my brother took the phone from me and started yelling at her. Outcome was me recheduling my return trip and having to pay the minimal fee to do that, and finally a credit for the original trip on my credit card 3 months later.

In summary: bus ride was fine, customer service sucks.
 
2012-08-03 01:06:55 PM  
Mrs. Chaospath and I rode the Megabus from Toronto to Buffalo so we could avoid the high cost of flying into/out of YYZ. Was a fine trip, fairly unremarkable. Which cannot be said for the train trip from Niagara Falls to Toronto, where the train struck a pedestrian, we were stopped for two hours, and we got free food.

/CSB
 
2012-08-03 01:09:38 PM  

TheChaosPath: Mrs. Chaospath and I rode the Megabus from Toronto to Buffalo so we could avoid the high cost of flying into/out of YYZ. Was a fine trip, fairly unremarkable. Which cannot be said for the train trip from Niagara Falls to Toronto, where the train struck a pedestrian, we were stopped for two hours, and we got free food.

/CSB


Did they give the pedestrian free food, too?
 
2012-08-03 01:48:30 PM  

Matthew Keene: TheChaosPath: Mrs. Chaospath and I rode the Megabus from Toronto to Buffalo so we could avoid the high cost of flying into/out of YYZ. Was a fine trip, fairly unremarkable. Which cannot be said for the train trip from Niagara Falls to Toronto, where the train struck a pedestrian, we were stopped for two hours, and we got free food.

/CSB

Did they give the pedestrian free food, too?


He was a little late to get his hamburger. He likely already was hamburger.
 
2012-08-03 04:06:43 PM  
I rode megabus a lot last year between NYC and Boston, and considered it a good experience despite occasional late arrivals. If you're among the first to board you can snag a good seat, like the kickass front seats on the upper level- giant picture window showing the world zooming at you (I suppose TFA argues against that). A little behind there on the right side, there's a nice pair of seats with a shelfy thing for your laptop.

Outlets are usually above the window; the in-bus wi-fi is fine for checking email and text-heavy webpages; nothing fancier.

My best argument for Megabus? Thanksgiving week, Greyhound tripled their ticket prices. Megabus put more buses on the road, and honored reservations for later buses to fill earlier ones. Zero price change. I was impressed.
 
2012-08-03 04:37:16 PM  
Multiple Big Bus references in one thread. I love this place.

/Deploy the flags of all nations!
 
2012-08-03 05:45:40 PM  
Made 2 two Charlotte-DC/DC-NY round trips on Megabus last year. Overall I would say they were good experiences. I liked the affordable ticket prices, and the ability to NOT be the one behind the wheel. Yeah, the total trip is a long time on the road, but again, the total ticket price for my wife and I was less than the cost of gassing up the car if we had driven the same route ourselves.
 
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