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Carole Stephens
• Wednesday, 20 January, 2021
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Passengers can still travel Greyhound Bus routes from New York City, the epicenter of the outbreak to Pennsylvania. This is leaving Pennsylvanians confused on why this is happening, and even causing a candidate running for a seat in the State House to speak up.

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“We can not ask the residents of Pennsylvania to sacrifice in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus if we're going to continue running buses from New York City into Scranton,” said the former Regional Director for Penn DOT and now candidate for State Representative, James May. We have proactively limited schedules and frequencies in the area in order to assist in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Other major bus companies -- like Mega bus, have suspended all services in and out of New York City, according to their website. They say they're keeping workers busy though offering private car transportation mostly to hospitals, and sanitation services.

They have increased their cleaning measures and are encouraging customers to practice social distancing and spread out when they travel. COVID-19 spreading quickly across our country, hitting all aspects of our everyday lives including transportation.

Some bus operators of the city capital have been operating interstate bus service under the nose of Ranchi district administration as well as state transport department despite the state government banning interstate bus service in the wake of the outbreak of Covid-19. Even some bus operators confided that interstate buses for Bihar, Bengal and other states have been plying.

The transport department must be aware of violation of lockdown order. Between Ranchi and Patna there are 45 buses operating on a day basis.

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Stripey Chaudhary, a resident of Kishoreganj of the city capital said that one of her cousins went missing from Ranchi. “About four days back we discovered that he has reached Patna by a bus, and he is staying with one of our relatives.

Bengaluru, The Karnataka government is ready to restart interstate bus services to four states and Pondicherry and is awaiting their nod, a minister said. “From our end, we are all set to restart bus operations to these states, Telangana, Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

On Monday, Karnataka government lifted almost all the restrictions it put in place for interstate travelers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic under Unlock 3.0. It also waved off isolation and testing, posters on the doors of the infected persons, intimation to neighbors and monitoring by Penchant or ward level teams, among others, for all asymptomatic arrivals.

Metro rail services will remain suspended and only Shrank Special trains for migrant workers and 30 special trains for the larger public will continue operations as the government extended the nationwide lockdown. The fourth phase of the lockdown has offered more mobility options, with easing of inter-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses, with mutual consent from states and Union territories involved.

Intrastate movement of passenger vehicles and buses will be decided by the respective state governments, said a home ministry circular issued on Sunday. The Center also allowed to inter- and intrastate movement of medical professionals, nurses and paramedical staff.

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“No state/UT shall stop the movement of any type of goods or cargo for cross land border trade under treaties with neighboring countries,” according to an official statement. Cab-hailing services such as Ola and Uber have not been mentioned in the current list of prohibited activities under the guidelines for the fourth phase of the lockdown.

Please call the Greyhound bus station to verify hours before making travel arrangements. Jump to navigationJump to search COVID-19 information: Service on many bus lines has been reduced or suspended.

Buses cover more of the country than trains and have more frequent departures; and unlike air travel, there is no hassle of security. Although it is not the fastest way, competition between the various operators makes bus travel generally inexpensive.

Even for those who fly and drive regularly there are still advantages to include bus travel with your plans. Anything over 300 mi between metropolitan areas or across the country, and you will find the cost of air travel to rival or even undercut bus fares.

To get between places not well served by commercial airlines would be to combine bus with air travel. For example, if one is traveling from Arcade, California, to Key West, Florida, the round trip airfare may be $850 whereas the airfare from San Francisco to Ft Lauderdale or Miami in South Florida may be just $240 round trip.

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But this may not be true in other places especially if you are going to a remote locale like somewhere in the Florida Keys, off of the main highway, or to the Everglades from Miami. The downside is that it takes more time and is less convenient, but it can save several hundreds of dollars in the difference in airfare especially if two or more are traveling together and budget is tight.

Bolt Bus is a subsidiary brand to emulate the 'Chinatown' buses in the Pacific Northwest and the Northeastern part of the country. Autobus Americans co-brand with the Mexican bus company, Group Estrella Blanca to operate cross-border bus services between the U.S. and Mexico from Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah to the US/Mexican border.

In some cities they call at the Greyhound stations while in other places they have their own separate depots or stops. Quick Link Shorter daily & frequent commuter routes between Mt Laurel, New Jersey & New York; and Baton Rouge & New Orleans.

Mega bus operates mainly in the Midwest and the eastern half of the country to rival Greyhound and the Chinatown buses. They also have a separate set of routes between Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Riverside in the west coast.

Community Coach scheduled commuter service from Morris and Essex Counties in New Jersey to New York City. Dillon's offers bus charter and commuter services between Baltimore, Washington DC, Annapolis, and Bethesda in Maryland.

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They also operate select Mega bus routes out of New York to Boston, Washington, Baltimore, Albany, Ridge wood New Jersey and Toronto. Shoreline scheduled services from New York City to Woodbury Common, Upstate NY points, Colleges, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Bergen and Pike Counties in New York state Suburban Trails offers commuter, casino, and charter services in Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset Counties, New Jersey.

From Killeen to Temple, Waco, Round Rock, Austin and Houston in Texas. (updated Jun 2016) Bieber Tour ways, (office) 320 Fair St, Button PA, +1 610 683-7333.

Connects several cities in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska on multiple routes. Travels across Washington state & northern Idaho from their base in Spokane WA to Seattle, Boise (via Lewiston) and Coeur d'Alene in several directions on multiple routes.

Second largest bus company, serving Arkansas, Iowa, northern Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, northern Texas, Wisconsin; Spokane, Washington (from Billings); Wisconsin, Wyoming; and Winnipeg, Manitoba (from Fargo), where Greyhound services are limited or unavailable. Regularly scheduled bus services by Academy Bus Lines for travel from Manhattan to Cambridge (in the Boston area), Providence, Hartford, Newton, New Haven and Brown University on multiple routes; south to Manassas and Fairfax/Vienna, VA from New York; and to Washington DC on an another route from New York.

Travels between several cities & towns in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska & Wyoming on multiple routes. They dominate the German market and have grown rapidly in the U.S. and Europe through subcontracting all operations to other bus companies.

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Flixbus only owns one bus which has the downside for customers that the buses are not of a consistent style or quality. The Michigan Flyer Line connects Detroit Metropolitan Airport to East Lansing and Ann Harbor 12-13 times daily.

(updated Oct 2017) Miller Transportation (Hoosier Ride), (office) 111 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 40214, +1 502 368-5644. Miller Transportation operates scheduled bus services throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee as Hoosier Ride.

Operate buses between multiple cities & towns in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Philadelphia, PA; New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Washington DC, in the northeastern part of the country. Travels mainly along I-15 Corridor between Las Vegas, St George, Salt Lake City, Pocatello, Butte and Great Falls, MT in the Northern Rockies.

They also have additional east-west routes across Idaho between Boise, Pocatello and West Yellowstone, MT. From St George, UT there is another route towards Page, AZ through Zion NP and Marble Canyon.

(updated Jul 2015) Hour offers bus charter and rental services for group travel in over 250 cities within the United States. Southeastern Stages operates daily scheduled service between cities in the Southeast including: Atlanta, GA; Asheville, NC; Charleston, SC; Columbia, SC; Myrtle Beach, SC; Savannah, GA; Fayetteville, NC and other cities and towns surrounding and between those cities in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

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They also have interline agreements with Greyhound & other bus companies to offer service to additional places in the Southeast. Connects Midtown Manhattan in New York to Bethesda, MD; Arlington, VA & Norton, VA. (updated Jun 2016) Falcon Charter Bus, toll-free: +1 866-217-2168, support@falconcharterbus.com.

The above list is not complete as there are numerous publicly operated buses as public transportation in urban and rural areas and privately owned & operated (for profit) companies traveling across longer distances. A number of the Trailways and other bus lines have interline agreements with Greyhound Lines & each other to allow travelers to buy another bus company's ticket on Greyhound.com or their respective websites for contiguous travel.

They have since expanded to provide bus services from New York to Atlantic City, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Richmond and a number of other cities on the East Coast to as far south as Orlando and to as far west as Cleveland by various small, loosely 'affiliated', independent companies transporting other travelers in addition to the Chinese populace. There are additional companies marketing as a “Chinatown bus” in the West Coast and in Canada.

Because they're cheap, a number of them have questionable standards of safety and do not provide great service. Some had even gone out of business or have been being shut down by regulators as a result while others crop up to take their places.

El Express, (company office) 812 Delano St, Houston, TX, toll-free: 1 800 601-6559. They operate buses to Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, North and South Carolina and Alabama and within Texas from Houston.

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El Express partners with Group Estrella Blanca, ADO and other Mexican bus companies for onward services south of the border. (updated Jun 2016) El Paso Los Angeles Limousine Express, +1 213 623-2323, +1 915 532-4061.

Travels across the southwest, along I-10 from El Paso to Los Angeles via Phoenix; I-10/I-25 to Denver via Las Cruces and Albuquerque; and from El Paso towards Torreón via Cd Juarez, Chihuahua (City) and Delicias along Mex Fed Hwy 45 as Los Limousines. A subsidiary of the Mexican bus company, Omnibus Mexicans, provides transportation from Texas towards Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana in the U.S. and to Aguascalientes, Colima, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Durango, OF, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Microloan, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas states in Mexico.

); to Salt Lake City (via Bar stow, Las Vegas, St George, etc); to Hermosillo (via Phoenix, Tucson, Nogales); San Francisco Bay Area; to Salt Lake City via (Las Vegas, St George, etc.) A subsidiary of the Mexican bus company Group Send provides transportation from Texas to Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia in the U.S. and to Aguascalientes, Colima, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Durango, Guerrero, Jalisco, Microloan, Nuevo León, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas states in Mexico.

Even in cities or towns not served by Amtrak trains they had also combined local public transportation and intercity buses in a shared transfer station. If arriving into a city by plane there are also long distance buses and van shuttles at the airport arrivals zone for direct travel to another city or town over 60 mi (97 km) from the airport terminal, thus saving a trip into town to reach the bus station.

Therefore, you must prepay and preprint the ticket online before going to the bus stop as the drivers cannot accept cash or any form of payment. Use the maps provided by Google or Wiki voyage to determine the nearest bus stop location and the trip planner program on the transit agency's website to see which buses or trains taking to get there.

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The available amenities inside the stations varies with some offering a restaurant and gift shop while others may have nothing more than vending machines for snacks and drinks. There could be individual TVs on the armrest of each seat (leftover from a bygone era) or one big TV set mounted on the wall for everybody in the room to watch.

There can even be a time limit on how long one can be in there before being asked to produce a ticket or leave in order to keep the homeless from taking shelter inside. In other places there are also car rental offices or desks (Avis, Hertz, Enterprise) inside or somewhere next to or nearby the bus station.

Please note that Greyhound has closed their bus stations in many cities and moved into shared facilities with local public transportation or contracted with a gas station/convenience store or truck stop operator to serve as a defect bus station. Occasionally drivers may point out a convenience store or fast food restaurant nearby the bus station but most don't except them to announce the arrival in the stop and the re-boarding instructions for onward travel.

If you choose to spend your layover time sampling nearby bars do not get drunk as you will not be allowed on the bus. Even the smell of alcohol in your breath may be enough for a driver to disallow you back on the bus.

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