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FlixBus to Make Columbus First Midwest Stop

November 13, 2019

A German company will begin intercity bus service to Columbus on Nov. 14.

FlixBus, which began operating in the United States in 2018, will launch service from Columbus to Pittsburgh and Washington.

The service will use Central Ohio Transit Authority’s downtown Spring Street Terminal.

The Columbus route is the first into the Midwest for FlixBus, which operates in similar fashion  to Megabus, which ended service to Columbus nearly three years ago.

Most FlixBus service is to points in the Northeast, South and West.

In a news release, FlixBus described its purpose as seeking to change the way people travel.

“We want to show people how inefficient it is to use your car for long-distance trips in the age of high gas and parking prices, traffic and low mileage leases,” said managing director Pierre Gourdain in a statement.

He said riding the bus is a convenient and comfortable alternative allowing passengers to work, relax or sleep while they travel and save money.

FlixBus plans to operate a daily early morning trip to Pittsburgh with fares between $9.99 and $14.99.

Fares to Washington range from $24.99 to $29.99.

Connections could be made in those cities to such destinations as Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore and Richmond, Virginia.

German Bus Company to Enter U.S. Market

November 16, 2017

A German long-distance bus company says it plans to begin service in the United States in competition with Greyhound, Megabus and Amtrak.

FlixBus said it will be based in Los Angeles.

“There is a significant shift in the American transport market at the moment. Public transportation and sustainable travel is becoming more important,” FlixBus founder and manager Andre Schwaemmlein said in a statement.

FlixBus has been a major player in European long-distance bus service since 2013 and has survived a fierce price war among new market entrants to boost its market share in Germany.

A Reuters news service story said FlixBus has more than 90 percent market share and its bright green motor coaches are a common sight on German roads.

FlixBus does not own any of its buses but instead works with local and regional partners.

That is similar to how Megabus operates in the United States. Owned by Britain’s Stagecoach Group, Megabus began U.S. service in 2006.

One of its chief competitors, Greyhound, is owned by a British company, FirstGroup PLC. Greyhound carries 18 million passengers a year with a fleet of 1,700 vehicles.

By contrast, Amtrak carried 31.3 million in fiscal year 2016. Figures are not yet available systemwide for FY 2017.

FlixBus did not say when it would begin service or what routes it would serve.