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Greyhound Expects More Than 500,000 Riders to Travel Fourth of July Weekend

Car Rental & Rail | Patrick Clarke | June 30, 2015

Greyhound Expects More Than 500,000 Riders to Travel Fourth of July Weekend

With a whopping 41.9 million Americans expected to travel more than 50 miles from home this Fourth of July weekend, driving on roads across the U.S. promises to be a crowded, stressful experience.

But for the 500,000-plus traveling with Greyhound Lines to more than 2,300 U.S. destinations this upcoming holiday weekend, getting there is bound to be far less difficult. 

In anticipation of a busy holiday period this summer, one in which it plans to carry more than a half a million customers, Greyhound has unveiled a new feature known as BusTracker that allows its riders to track their bus in real-time in order to gain a better idea of when they will arrive at their destination. 

"We want to ensure that our customers' experience with us this holiday weekend is as hassle-free as possible," said Greyhound Lines chief commercial officer Andy Kaplinsky in a statement. "Customers can have confidence in knowing that by traveling on Greyhound for the July Fourth holiday, they can simply sit back, relax and enjoy a safe, comfortable ride with access to our premium amenities."

In addition to the new BusTracker feature, access to Wi-Fi and power outlets is certain to provide added convenience and comfort for the hundreds of thousands boarding Greyhound buses this weekend. Those travelers will also be able to access the OnTouch onboard catalog, which allows customers to sort through destination packages and purchase tickets to attractions at their next destination. 

"We expect there to be a high demand beginning now through the post-holiday Monday, July 6," added Kaplinsky. "We encourage customers to buy tickets now, to ensure that they get a seat on their desired schedule at the lowest fares." 

Kaplinsky also encouraged customers to "consider traveling on off-peak travel dates to allow for more schedule options."

With a busy weekend for travel ahead, that sounds like a good idea. 

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