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The NYTimes has an article about the plethora of cheap bus lines that have popped up the last few years.
Stephen surprised Gerty and me by taking Megabus from Chicago to Milwaukee recently. (The surprise was that we were waiting for him at the bus station, and these buses generally stop at nearby street corners.)
He pronounced Megabus fine but cramped. (He's also 6'5".) His bus was a modern double-decker. He liked the wireless access and said every seat had a power outlet.
TripperBus allows two pieces of luggage (as well as a carry on), as long as neither is over 40 pounds. AND they treat bikes as one of those pieces! (They may ask you to remove one wheel to save space.) Megabus does not take bikes. Greyhound charges.
One big downside when the temperature is in single digits: the Megabus stop was outside. Most days, though, that may be a upside. Even the new, clean Milwaukee bus station smelled of exhaust and made me feel as if I were drinking stale coffee in a grimy diner.
Another downside? Nothing in the West.
I agree that Tripper Bus (Tripperbus.com) is certainly accommodating with its luggage storage. It is nice to have room to enjoy the ride. I often bring my laptop and get caught up on simple work stuff during the commute from DC to NYC. They keep a new fleet of buses that are clean and more comfortable.
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