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Coach USA Completes Acquisition of Coach America’s Lakefront Lines Bus Serv

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  • Tickets now available to be booked on megabus.com, fares as low as $1
  • Customers can begin booking today at www.megabus.com

 

(Oct. 26, 2012) – Coach USA, one of the largest bus transportation companies in North America, announced today the completion of its acquisition of Lakefront Lines, a division of Coach America in Illinois, Indiana, New York and Ohio.

As a part of Coach USA, Lakefront Lines will continue intercity bus service to/from the following cities:

Illinois

 

  • Chicago

 

Indiana


  • Angola, IN

  • Columbia City, IN

  • Elkhart, IN

  • Gary, IN

  • Muncie, IN

  • Plymouth, IN

  • Richmond, IN

  • Southbend, IN

  • Valparaiso, IN

  • Warsaw, IN

 

New York

  • Buffalo, NY

 

Ohio

  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dayton Trotwood, Ohio
  • Kenton, Ohio
  • Van Wert, Ohio

 

A portion of Lakefront tickets will be sold using megabus.com’s affordable pricing model with seats starting as low as $1 (plus 50¢ booking fee). Passengers can begin booking today on the megabus.com website for travel Nov. 1 and beyond. Customers can also purchase non-discounted Lakefront 'walkup' tickets from their driver and local ticket agents.

Following the acquisition, some bus stop locations have changed; please visit www.megabus.com for bus stop locations and schedules. Those without Internet access can contact megabus.com at 1.877.462.6342 or Lakefront Lines at 1.800.638.6338.

Free Wi-Fi will be available on all Lakefront Lines buses.

“We are thrilled to add service to additional cities via the Coach USA family,” said Mike Alvich, VP of marketing and public relations for megabus.com. “Current Lakefront Lines customers can expect the same high-quality service, buses and friendly drivers, all for as low as $1.”

Megabus.com, a subsidiary of Coach USA, launched in April 2006 and is one of the largest intercity express bus service providers in North America, transporting more than 20 million travelers.

Visit www.megabus.com for additional information about the service, schedules, arrival and departure times and fares.

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ABOUT LAKEFRONT LINES

Lakefront Lines was founded in 1962 by Robert Goebel and is still managed by members of the Goebel Family. The Goebel Family owned the business until 2008 when sold to Coach America. In July 2012, Coach USA announced it was acquiring Lakefront.

The Lakefront Lines fleet is comprised of 175 vehicles and serves travelers in Eastern Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Western Pennsylvania with operations in Cleveland, Toledo, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

http://us.megabus.com/Coach%20USA%20Completes%20Acquisition%20of%20Coach%20Americas%20Lakefront%20Lines%20Bus%20Service.aspx

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I find it interesting the position that Lakefront is in....several years ago,, they were a Trailways member company, and part of the Boston-Albany-Syracuse-Buffalo-Cleveland pool operation with Peter Pan, Adirondack, and Empire Trailways, in direct competition with Greyhound. Then all that changed when Greyhound started pooling with Trailways carriers. Now that has changed where they are part of Greyhound's largest competitor once again.....

 

At one time, they were protected from New York Trailways expansion into Cleveland, due to the 'no member competition' clause in the Trailways association. That is no longer the case....

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I find it interesting the position that Lakefront is in....several years ago,, they were a Trailways member company, and part of the Boston-Albany-Syracuse-Buffalo-Cleveland pool operation with Peter Pan, Adirondack, and Empire Trailways, in direct competition with Greyhound. Then all that changed when Greyhound started pooling with Trailways carriers. Now that has changed where they are part of Greyhound's largest competitor once again.....

 

At one time, they were protected from New York Trailways expansion into Cleveland, due to the 'no member competition' clause in the Trailways association. That is no longer the case....

 

 

Guess Greyhound will have to be running their own service now where Lakefront used to cover for them? This will do well for Megabus/Coach USA.

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Guess Greyhound will have to be running their own service now where Lakefront used to cover for them? This will do well for Megabus/Coach USA.

 

Cover for them? I wouldn't call it that....where NYT used to 'feed' Lake Front at Buffalo on their one a day trip to Cleveland, a sort of remnant of the pool I mentioned, now Greyhound has added their own trip at that time which now gets all of NYT's connections.....

So who lost out, now?

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Cover for them? I wouldn't call it that....where NYT used to 'feed' Lake Front at Buffalo on their one a day trip to Cleveland, a sort of remnant of the pool I mentioned, now Greyhound has added their own trip at that time which now gets all of NYT's connections.....

So who lost out, now?

 

 

Coach USA will do fine selling tickets under Megabus for the Lakefront services.

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