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Stagecoach Launches megabus.com in Canada

PERTH (August 12, 2009) - Stagecoach Group today announced the expansion of megabus.com, its market leading inter-city budget coach service, into Canada.

The transport giant also highlighted a $16 million investment in a fleet of brand new vehicles for the new services which will link Toronto, Kingston and Montreal.

In addition, to mark the launch, megabus.com is offering passengers in Canada 10,000 one-way fares for just $1.

The expansion of megabus.com comes on the back of its success in both the UK and North America. More than 10million passengers have used the budget travel product since it’s launch in the UK in 2003 and, in the US, passenger numbers have soared, with one million consumers using megabus.com in the last six months alone.

Launching the product in Toronto, Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Brian Souter said: 'As we have seen in the UK and North America, megabus.com provides an affordable, reliable and green travel alternative and is the perfect solution for those looking to stretch their travel dollar. We are delighted to have expanded our services into Canada.'

Stagecoach has invested $16 million in 15 top-of-the range megabus.com vehicles. The new 81-seat double deckers are equipped with reclining seats, Wi-Fi, and many other state-of-the art facilities to allow passengers to travel in comfort and style.

megabus.com was launched in the UK in 2003 and currently carries over 2 million passengers a year, covering around 40 locations. In the US, megabus.com now links 30 cities across the Midwest and Northeast and has carried 3million passengers since its launch in 2006.

Research carried out in North America shows that 90% of customers have used megabus.com as an alternative to the car, train, or plane. Some 60% are former car users, 19% previously travelled with an airline and 11% used to take the train.

According to The Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA), on average, a motor coach emits 60% less C02 into the air than a standard mid-sized car, 54% less than a passenger train and 86% less than a commercial airliner.