Bus Stop

A strike halts Greyhound us travel used to be the refuge of the

poor, the young and the thrifty. In 1947 a cost-conscious traveler could take a six-day trip from Chicago to Washington on a Greyhound bus, spend five nights in a hotel, make sightseeing trips to attractions like Mount Vernon, and spend only $42.50.

Today going by bus is far less economical. Even without the hotels and sideshows, it costs $70 to make that 18-hour bus trip from Chicago to Washington (lowest plane fare: $89 on Northwest Airlines). As a result, the popularity of intercity buses has been falling. From a peak...

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