BoltBus will launch service from Portland to Eugene and Albany on Thursday, Oct. 3. This is BoltBus' fourth West Coast expansion in less than two years, with the new service designed to make travel easy and convenient for students and residents in the Eugene and Albany areas.
Currently, BoltBus provides daily express service on its Northwest routes to Seattle, Bellingham, Portland and Vancouver, B.C., in addition to its routes between major cities along the East Coast. At its launch in March 2008, BoltBus revolutionized curbside bus service by being the first to offer on-board amenities such as comfortable leather seats, extra legroom, free Wi-Fi and power outlets.
BoltBus offers fares as low as $1 for some seats. Tickets are now available for purchase at boltbus.com.
From Eugene, the new service includes four round trips to Portland on Thursday through Monday, with several schedules a week continuing to Seattle. From Albany, BoltBus will operate service four days a week to Portland and Eugene. All tickets between Portland and Albany/Eugene will be $1 for a promotional period of Oct. 3 -- 6.
"With such a high population of students in the Eugene and Albany areas, BoltBus is pleased to offer a premium, yet affordable, transportation option with a schedule that fits this college population's needs," said David Hall, general manage of BoltBus, in a statement.
In Eugene, BoltBus will operate from the Fifth Street Public Market at 290 E. 5th Ave. In Albany, BoltBus will operate from the Albany Transit Center at 112 S.W. 10th Ave., from where connections are available on local transit to Corvallis and Oregon State University.
BoltBus serves Portland downtown on Southwest Salmon Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues
BoltBus tickets are available for purchase in advance or from a driver before boarding. One-way fares start at $1, plus a booking fee. The highest fare will adjust based on market demand. The earlier passengers purchase their tickets, the lower the fare will cost. A ticket purchase guarantees a seat on the selected schedule.
Walkup tickets will be purchased at full price. All tickets are nonrefundable. A loyalty program, Bolt Rewards, is also available to reward frequent riders with free travel. Riders who take eight trips on BoltBus are eligible for a free one-way ticket trip. For fare and schedule information, or to purchase tickets, visit boltbus.com.
-- Terry Richard
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