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Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown

Posted by b1bus on Sat Jan 19 17:47:11 2013

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Bolt Bus $7 RT /$30 5 RTs
Stops: Lex/40 Lex/59 then Melville P&R exit 49, RIverhead Hilton Gardens Marriot Ronkonkoma

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Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown

Posted by NIMBYkiller on Sat Jan 19 18:33:51 2013, in response to Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown, posted by b1bus on Sat Jan 19 17:47:11 2013.

I guess they're having a hard time getting the riders they need? Shame, that Melville lot especially should be doing well for them.

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Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown

Posted by metrolinecoach111 on Sat Jan 19 18:35:57 2013, in response to Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown, posted by NIMBYkiller on Sat Jan 19 18:33:51 2013.

Its about the awareness - still in its first month.

Our original projections were to get near to B/E in month 4.

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Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown

Posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sat Jan 19 20:26:06 2013, in response to Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown, posted by b1bus on Sat Jan 19 17:47:11 2013.

Yeah, forgot to mention that I saw one sitting at the P & R Christmas week the day I visited mom and dad's grave @ Pinelawn.

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Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown

Posted by b1bus on Sat Jan 19 20:47:55 2013, in response to Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown, posted by b1bus on Sat Jan 19 17:47:11 2013.

I checked to locations Bolt website. It stops across the street from the Tangier outlets.

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Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown

Posted by NIMBYkiller on Sat Jan 19 23:59:17 2013, in response to Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown, posted by metrolinecoach111 on Sat Jan 19 18:35:57 2013.

At least you guys planned for it. Here's to hoping for success!

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Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown

Posted by hound on Sun Jan 20 00:31:40 2013, in response to Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown, posted by NIMBYkiller on Sat Jan 19 18:33:51 2013.

I've ridden it twice from the Hunt. park & ride r/t to NYC. Carried bet. 2 & 5 passengers total. Considering it's potential,esp. from the Rt. 110 area,I don't understand why it isn't doing better. Then again,I don't think most people know about it. There's no signage or info at either the Huntington or NYC stops. A good idea would be to put flyers on the windshields of cars in the park & ride. By the way,this service is being run by Classic Coach with ex Hampton Luxury Liner buses.

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Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown

Posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sun Jan 20 00:33:35 2013, in response to Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown, posted by hound on Sun Jan 20 00:31:40 2013.

My opinion is the word isn't out.

Anybody have a link to the schedule?

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Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown

Posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sun Jan 20 00:37:31 2013, in response to Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown, posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sun Jan 20 00:33:35 2013.

I found it.

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Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown

Posted by metrolinecoach111 on Sun Jan 20 00:47:29 2013, in response to Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown, posted by hound on Sun Jan 20 00:31:40 2013.

They wrapped the HLL buses for the Winter - they will get new buses if the service proves its worth by the end of the summer.

One of the issues they have is what they can/cannot do to market aganist the LIRR - but they're finding their stride. The 800+ Travelzoo deal tickets sold is a testament to it.

It will take time. Not just about awareness, but the fact that commuters have to reserve tickets. It's a really hard learning curve to overcome, but they'll get there.

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Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown

Posted by Edwards! on Sun Jan 20 13:53:18 2013, in response to Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown, posted by metrolinecoach111 on Sun Jan 20 00:47:29 2013.

yup..unlike the train..where you are always a "walk up",but never guaranteed a seat.

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Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown

Posted by b1bus on Sun Jan 20 23:36:44 2013, in response to Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown, posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sun Jan 20 00:33:35 2013.

It's on the Bolt bus website.

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Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown

Posted by jasonbellamy on Mon Jan 21 16:42:39 2013, in response to Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown, posted by metrolinecoach111 on Sun Jan 20 00:47:29 2013.

Does Bolt allow walk-ups on this route, and what would the fare be?

Would they be allowed to have standees? If so they should encourage people to show up without reservations.

I understand standees are illegal on intercity routes, but are allowed on commuter express buses. What's the dividing line? Is it an interstate issue? (Do NJT routes to NYC allow standees?)

Is there a code to get the discount mentioned in the original post?

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Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown

Posted by Train2104 on Mon Jan 21 17:22:44 2013, in response to Re: Bolt Bus commuter ride from LI to Midtown, posted by jasonbellamy on Mon Jan 21 16:42:39 2013.

I don't think its an interstate issue, NJT carries standees into NYC all the time. Its a matter of what the bus is rated for, a transit bus is almost always rated for standees while coaches aren't. (I don't think MTA expresses are allowed to carry standees unless dispatch authorizes it because of extenuating circumstances)

Bolt allows walk ups if the bus isn't sold out-the fare would be the highest cash fare available. When I took it to Philly, I remember the driver filled every empty seat with cash fares, and had to leave a few behind.

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