Check it out: a new-to-here bus company is starting up service between the Rensselaer train station and NYC.
And the lowest fares are $1. Yep, just $1
The company is called -- we kid you not -- Megabus. It's originally from the UK -- it expanded to offer service in the US in 2006.
The line seems to be aiming to be something like the Jet Blue of buses, with a sort of upscale discount approach. For example, the buses are apparently equipped with wi-fi. But, also like Jet Blue, the upscale part of that appears to get lost sometimes.
Megabus service from the Rennselaer station to Penn Station starts up December 4. Pricing operates like an airline -- which is to say, it varies depending on when, and for when, you make the reservation.
When we checked today, an end-of-the-day trip from Albany to NYC on Monday, December 8 was $11. But the cheapest ticket on the previous Friday was $27 (still comparable to the "Chinatown" bus). For a $1 fare, you had to book in January.
Earlier on AOA: Getting from Albany to New York City
photo: Flickr user Andrew Ciscel
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