Transportation studies published this year have revealed that public city-to-city bus service in the U.S., after a 45-year decline that began in 1960, has rebounded dramatically in the last five years. Buses have become the fastest-growing form of domestic city-to-city public transportation. The phenomenon is largely attributed to the creation of low-cost "curbside services" that began in inner-city locations like New York City's Chinatown and Boston in 1998. The low-cost service Megabus, now linking cities throughout the Northeast and starting on the West Coast, began in Chicago in 2006 and expanded to New York City in 2008. Soon after, Greyhound and its partner Peter Pan Bus Lines created a low-cost curbside competitor called Boltbus to protect its market share.
According to a 2010 Depaul University Chidick Institute study, city-to-city bus service grew 6 percent overall in 2010, with curbside services growing by 24% to a total of over 400 daily departures nationwide by the end of the year. The phenomenon has caught on in Florida, where RedCoach, a subsidiary of an Argentina-based luxury bus company, began service in Orlando and Miami in 2009, and soon expanded to Tampa International Airport and other Florida cities. Travelers heading to Florida can now connect by bus between Tampa and Orlando starting from $15 each way, and between Orlando and Miami starting from $40 each way. When RedCoach began service between Jacksonville and Tampa, promotional fares started at $5.
Travelers who want to fly to the Northeast and visit other regional cities inexpensively by public transportation, or do the same in Florida, can benefit by checking out these services. Visit online search engines and use keywords like "Megabus," "Boltbus" and "RedCoach Florida" for more details.