Megabus to open routes between Norman and Dallas starting at $1
AT A GLANCE: Megabus
Departs: 8:45 a.m.; Arrives: 11:35 a.m.
Departs: 1:45 p.m.; Arrives: 4:35 p.m.
Departs: 7:45 p.m.; Arrives: 10:30
Departs: Lloyd Noble Center
Arrives: Dallas/Fort Worth (710 Davis St, Grand Prairie, TX)
Megabus, a daily express bus service, opened routes between Norman and Dallas today, according to a company spokeswoman.
Fares start at $1 for advance tickets, and the price increases closer to the departure date, said Amanda Byers, Megabus spokeswoman.
The bus will pick up passengers at the Lloyd Noble Center bus shelter, and the one-way trip to Dallas would take two hours and 50 minutes, Byers said. All seats are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The route is non-stop between Norman and Dallas, but passengers can buy separate tickets to connect to other buses, Byers said.
Depending on ridership and customer demand, Megabus may extend express routes from Norman to other areas, Byers said. The services on the bus include Wi-Fi and two tables on the double decker bus, which can hold up to 81 people.
Megabus' decision to add a route in Norman was to attract the student population, Byers said.
The low rate is possible because of low overhead fees.
“The reason we're able to keep our rates so low is because we have no terminal fees or service fees,” she said.
All buses park alongside curbs, so no maintenance fees are needed and tickets sales are strictly online through the Megabus website, Byers said.
Closer to the departure date, rates go as high as $20 per seat, said Bryony Chamberlain, Megabus director of operations.
Despite the low price, some students remain skeptical of the service.
“I wouldn’t ride Megabus because it’d take too long,” said Ngoc Tran, finance junior.
The bus would stop in Grand Prairie, a suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth.
“All of our stops are located within a city center where there’s other modes of transportation and sightseeing,” Byers said.
The express route connects to Oklahoma City, where passengers can transfer to Megabus, Byers said.
Engineering junior Keyonte Leggins said the price sounds too good to be true.
“I’ll be looking for Megabus; it seems legit,” Leggins said. “I think it’s a good idea since a lot of people in Norman are from Dallas and could go there during breaks or for parties."
Leggins said he and his roommates will definitely use the service.