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Thirty Hours on Megabus: St. Louis to Memphis to Little Rock to Dallas & Back

May 12, 2015 Featured, Transportation, Travel No Comments

Two week ago I arrived in Dallas for a workshop & conference. I left St. Louis at 3:40pm Monday, arriving at 7:35am Tuesday morning. Amtrak? Drive? Greyhound? No, Megabus.  I last wrote about Megabus in August, see My First Trip Via Megabus. At that time the official stop was just a spot on 14th between Spruce & Clark. Now Megabus uses one of Greyhound’s bays at the Gateway Transportation Center — a huge improvement.

Sign inside the Gateway Transportation Center
Sign inside the Gateway Transportation Center

Departing & arriving inside a building with food & restrooms is so much nicer than just a spot next to the road. At just before 4pm in the afternoon it isn’t a big deal — assuming it isn’t raining. But in a couple of weeks we’ll be leaving just after midnight for a trip to Chicago. It’s the middle of the night when a building makes a difference — especially in a strange city.

Two hours each way were spent in Memphis.
Two hours each way were spent in Memphis at the META North End Transfer Center. The restroom was awful, but they had plenty of outlets for charging electronics.
Very happy when we arrived in Dallas!
Very happy when we arrived in Dallas!

But when your conference stipend covers your hotel for four nights sometimes sacrifices must be made. My roundtrip was $32.50 — purchased about a month in advance. Airfare & Amtrak were both in the hundreds, renting a car would’ve been just as costly. Flying or driving wouldn’t have allowed me to have my power wheelchair, not a good option in this case.

— Steve Patterson

 

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