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Megabust: Megabus quietly discontinues Lexington service

Discount bus line rep cites low ridership since 2013

A Megabus bus in New York City
A Megabus coach in New York City. The discount bus carrier has quietly discontinued service to and from Lexington, KY, a route it began offering in 2013. (Photo by Jim McIntosh/Flickr)

Citing low ridership, discount U.S. bus carrier Megabus has quietly discontinued service to and from Lexington, KY.

“After running this route over a period of time we have determined that due to low ridership it was no longer feasible to continue,” a Megabus customer service rep identifying himself as Kevin said in a May 4, 2016 email.

“As a company we need to be able to cover all our costs and make a profit to enable us to be able to fund future vehicle purchases and replace vehicles when they reach the end of their life,” the Megabus representative said. “Unfortunately the overall demand just isn’t sufficient to sustain [service to and from Lexington].”

Billing itself as the first low-cost express bus service to offer intercity travel between U.S. city centers, Megabus is a subsidiary of New Jersey-based Coach U.S.A. The company began U.S. operations in April 2006.

In June 2013, Megabus began offering daily service to and from Lexington, with passengers being able to travel directly to and from Atlanta, Cincinnati, Chattanooga, and Knoxville, Tenn., with connections available to and from Columbus, OH; Erie, PA. and Buffalo, NY.

Buses departed twice daily from the Lexington Transit Center, the hub of local transit authority Lextran.

Billy Suratt

Billy Suratt is a Mid-South photojournalist and Kentucky writer. He enjoys long walks on beaches, short walks through parking lots and shooting football by candlelight. Follow him on Twitter, but please not through any parking lots.

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