The discount bus carrier Megabus will discontinue its Davenport service to Chicago and three other Midwest cities in January, after serving the Quad-Cities for just under two years.
The Davenport stop, at Ground Transportation Center on 300 W. River Drive, is part of the Megabus Omaha to Chicago route. The carrier will end the route, saying low gas prices have made it affordable for travelers to drive themselves to their destinations, said Megabus spokesman Sean Hughes.
The company will be sending out its last fleet of 81-seat double-deckers through Davenport on Jan. 9, eastbound to Chicago and westbound to Iowa City, Des Moines, and Omaha. It began serving Davenport in January 2015.
Hughes said the company does not have any full-time workers based in Davenport or elsewhere in Iowa.
"The loss of any transportation option for the Quad-Cities is a concern," said Joe Taylor, president and CEO of the Quad-Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. Taylor said that the service provided by other inter-city bus carriers, such as Burlington Trailways and Greyhound, will mitigate some of the impact. Both of these lines will continue to provide service between Davenport and Chicago.
Megabus is known for its low-cost, variable pricing, with some fares booked well in advance sold for as low as $1 one-way. Tickets from Davenport to Chicago were priced Tuesday between $10 and $49 for rides over the next month.
The company plans to shift some of its routes and operations to Wisconsin and Ohio, where there is increased demand.