Megabus steps in

Megabus, in partnership with St. Thomas-based Badder Bus, is bringing back London-Toronto bus service in wake of Greyhound withdrawal

INTERCITY BUS TRAVEL is coming back to the Forest City.

A new twice-daily service between London and Toronto comes courtesy of Megabus, the popular low-cost bus service that has been operating in North America since 2006, and which has been expanding in the wake of Greyhound’s decision to leave the Canadian market.

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Following Greyhound’s departure, which held a monopoly over many intercity routes in Ontario, many communities were left without a low-cost method of travel; communities and officials appeared caught off guard by the announcement of their withdrawal in May after nearly a century of service.

Megabus has been the main beneficiary, and have been quick to expand into the void, launching services along some of Greyhound’s busiest routes. Earlier in the spring, Megabus announced that it would be launching services between Toronto, Kingston and Ottawa.

The service between London and Toronto is being offered in partnership with St. Thomas-based Badder Bus, which will provide the coach service.

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Perhaps the only catch is that for the time being the service won’t be able to make use of a downtown bus terminal. Instead, the service will depart from a new bus stop located at the Flying J truck stop in the city’s south end. The downtown Greyhound bus terminal at 101 York Street has recently been listed for sale. 

Megabus service will begin running on July 15, and tickets are on sale now. Megabus steps in megabus Transportation Kieran Delamont

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