Traveling to Chicago made cheaper

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With gas prices rising to the legal measure of obsenity, a weekend trip to Chicago was not looking very pocket-friendly. Airline prices began at $140 and driving required $30 tanks. But a new long distance express bus, operating out of Tower City, allows travelers to head to Chicago for a price less than the cost of a venti-sized mocha latte. Megabus, a luxury bus service from Britain, of all places, provides round-trip services to 14 cities throughout the Midwest, including Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Toledo, and Milwaukee. Depending on when you book – and how full the bus is –one way fares range from a buck to $44. Owners say the reason they can offer such cheap service because it cuts out a lot of operating expenses like staffing and terminal maintenance (travelers pick up the buses at street corners). Meanwhile, users can't stop gushing about the service. “Thirty dollars round trip to Chicago, that’s like ridiculous,” one traveler exclaimed. Having just bought her own venti-sized coffee, she was also very relieved to hear the buses come equipped with operable bathrooms. -- Rebecca Meiser

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