I get a MySpace bulletin that an acquaintance of mine is doing a show in New York City this month. Cost to get into the show? $5. So I think to myself, "Self, money is a little tight. But you do have a lot of vacation time and you could take a half day and go to New York, because there's a bus service that can get you from Boston to New York City for a buck." Allegedly. So I go to their website. I had a vision-- deluded as it may sound-- of getting from Boston to New York and seeing a show all for under a ten-spot. Now, I know the drill, I've read up on this-- there's something like a single $1 fare available on each bus. If you want it, you have to book early to get it. Fares rise from there depending on how soon the bus is departing. I'm only looking at a week or two out, so I'm probably not getting the $1 fare. Fine. The last time I took a Greyhound down to NYC and back, though, it cost me about $30 round trip. So I'm thinking, this new low-cost service should get me to New York and back for at least less than $30 round trip, right?
Wrong. The website quotes me a price of $30 one-way. Round-trip, double that, plus taxes, etc. Here's the real kick in the pants: even though Greyhound has raised their Boston to New York prices, the same trip on Greyhound would cost me $15 less roundtrip than it will on the low-cost bus line that is a division of Greyhound.