Hi! I'm Dane Carlson, and welcome to the Business Opportunities Weblog. I've been publishing this website, by myself, and sometimes with the help of others for over twelve years now. You'll notice two things about this site right away:
When libertarians and bright-eyed liberals talk privatization, one of the things that the liberals always ask is “how can we possibly privative public transportation?”
One word: Megabus. Megabus is a city-to-city, express bus service. Their regular price for a round trip ticket between Washington DC and New York City is $8 per person. Compare that to a one-way ticket on Amtrack ($80) or Acela Express ($142).
Megabus is giving away 200,000 free seats for travel between January 4 and March 12, 2012.
Economist Mark Perry had this to say about the company:
Megabus is a great example of a competitive, flexible, low-cost (sometimes free), consumer-driven, market-based solution to inter-city transportation that has thrived without any government subsidies, tax breaks or taxpayer funding. Contrast that alternative to government transportation options like Amtrak and high-speed rail proposals that are the opposite: non-competitive, inflexible, high-cost, politician-driven, and not market-based, requiring massive amounts of taxpayer funding and subsidies.
Photo by jimcintosh.