Megabus, by teaming up with the Carroll, Iowa-based Windstar Lines, is bringing bus service back to the Iowa City area just a few months after pulling out of its previous Chicago-Omaha route. The route will begin March 1 with at least one service daily in each direction. The Iowa leg of the route includes stops in Coralville, Des Moines and Moline in between stops in Chicago and in Lincoln and Omaha.
This will be the first time that Megabus is offering service to Moline and Lincoln. Megabus previously cut service on its Chicago-Omaha line — including stops in Coralville and Des Moines — in early January.
“Many of our customers were understandably disappointed with our decision to exit the Iowa and Nebraska markets earlier this year,” Colm Lynch, vice president of retail for megabus.com, said in a press release. “Windstar Lines is a solid operator with a strong history in the Iowa and Nebraska region. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work together and bring Iowa and Nebraska back to the megabus.com network.”
Windstar Lines will manage the operations of the service, while Megabus will manage the retail side of things, including ticket sales.
“Windstar Lines is excited to fill the gap left by megabus.com,” Jeff Greteman, president of Windstar Lines, said in the press release. “We have a relationship with megabus.com that spans several years providing operational support and we look forward to building on that experience to provide safe affordable travel for our communities.”
Tickets can already be booked at megabus.com. As a deal to celebrate the launch, the service is offering 500 seats for $1 during the first week of service.