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For those many local wanderers sans motor vehicle, grab your travel pillow and relish with extra legroom (and free Wi-Fi) on the new BoltBus routes from Portland to Albany and Eugene starting Thursday, October 3.

The newest Northwest extension includes four daily round trips from Eugene to Portland from Thursday to Monday, with several schedules a week continuing to Seattle. The distinct (orange!) buses will operate service four days a week from Albany to Portland and Eugene. Beyond the distinct orange exterior, amenities set these buses apart from other lines with leather seats with up to 3 inches of extra legroom, free Wi-Fi, and power outlets

Plus, between Oct 3 and Oct 6, you can score one-way tickets for $1. 

David Hall, the general manager of BoltBus, explained that most BoltBus riders are what he refers to as, “young professionals”—or, an educated 18 to 35-something crowd. Many BoltBus riders are environmentally conscious, and choose to take the bus for local trips to minimize their carbon footprint.

“You take 40-something people in one vehicle and it becomes very efficient,” says Hall. “It’s pretty much the most efficient way to go between cities.”

While official prices have yet to be determined, Hull estimates that one-way fares to Eugene and Albany will remain under $15. And if you are lucky, you could be the one rider randomly selected for every BoltBus trip to receive a one-way fare for just $1.

BoltBus, a division of Greyhound Lines Inc., began in 2008 in the Northeastern region of the U.S. Since then, the line has expanded to the West Coast with the fourth extension marking Oregon’s newest lines to Eugene and Albany. BoltBus landed in Portland in May 2012 for trips to and from Seattle, Washington.

For booking information, visit boltbus.com or call 1-877-265-8287

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