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    Bolt Bus Opens Oakland-LA Route on 31 October

    Bolt Bus is launching an Oakland (West Oakland BART station) to LA (Union Station) route starting tomorrow, 31 October. They've got three trips a day scheduled, and the trip is scheduled to take 7.75 hours. Through Sunday, tickets are $1; starting Monday, they fluctuate between $6 and $9, at least now. (Like airline prices, they change based on demand.) Generally schedules are up 4 to 6 weeks in advance. The Pacific Northwest buses had some schedule shifts in the first six months to adjust for seasonal patterns and for the Vancouver-Seattle route, to take border crossing efficiency into consideration. Bolt charges $1 for processing a single shopping cart. If you sign up, and you're logged in when you purchase, you get a free one-way ticket every eight rides (currently), and the free rides can be used for any ticket, although I don't know if this is limited by route. Plus, you get to board in the first non-Senior "A" group.

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    If it's the same deal as on the Pacific Northwest buses, there will be seats with seatbelts and lots of legroom, wifi, and two electrical outlets except in the first row and a couple of rows in the middle with removable seats (for disabled passengers).

    Now, if they'd only do a Seattle to Oakland route, via Portland...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    Now, if they'd only do a Seattle to Oakland route, via Portland...
    no kidding!
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    Thanks for the info! I've tried BoltBus on the East Coast and it's not bad; it's Greyhound's response to Megabus. Megabus, by the way, already operates 1) from San Francisco Caltrain station to Old Town Sacramento and onto the casinos Reno (beware, trips may be cancelled due to frequent blizzards up at Tahoe), and 2) both San Francisco and San Jose Caltrain stations to both Burbank and Los Angeles Union Station. The San Jose-LA ride, while usually jampacked and 6.5 hours long, is tolerable, includes a rest stop, is preferable to driving yourself, and is far cheaper than flying.

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    I keep reading this title as Bait Bus. That is something else entirely...
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    Wow. That's an amazing price, and really, given the incredible hassle of flying today, not at all a bad trip duration.

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    Prices will likely jump from $1 to under $10 to over $30 for popular days/times/last minute purchases. (Except for their opening $1 per ride for the route launch, I think it's random who in the first X people to buy a ticket gets the $1 ticket offer per trip.) But it will still be a great deal and only a few hours longer when you factor getting to and coming from the airport, going through security, waiting for checked luggage, and getting their early enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigB08822 View Post
    I keep reading this title as Bait Bus. That is something else entirely...
    Me too.

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    I'm a pretty big Megabus fan and prefer to use it between Reno-SF-LA rather than Amtrak for last minute trips due to the price difference. BoltBus sounds cool, but unless it comes to Reno, I'll stick with Megabus.

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    How far off track is Reno and how long from each city? The original Seattle/Vancouver BC was a non-stop except for the border crossing for the eight months, and then they added Bellingham, which is a college town, and the bus often fills up at that stop on the way to Seattle. However, it's only a four-hour ride, and with the Oakland to LA route scheduled at 7 hours 45 minutes, it might be too long a trip if they an off-route stop.
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    Reno is 4 hours from San Francisco, 2 from Sacramento. Greyhound does a pretty brisk business around here though, although they seem to get more of the long-distance travelers and those looking to get on a bus at the last minute/who pay in cash.

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    Ugh, I was thinking of Vegas. Maybe they'll add a Reno-Sacramento-Oakland leg.
    "The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy

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