Is Greyhound leaving passengers out in the cold?

Eugene Sergeev /
Eugene Sergeev /
The temperature outside the Des Moines Greyhound bus terminal on a February morning fell to a dangerously frigid 17 degrees below zero. But the bus driver who dropped off Ankur Singh and 10 other passengers so that they could wait for a connecting motorcoach, knowing that it would be an hour before the terminal would open, didn’t seem to care.

“He had absolutely no sympathy at all,” says Singh, a documentary filmmaker who lives in Bloomington, Ill. “He was completely apathetic.”

Singh’s experience offers a glimpse into a corner of the travel industry that receives practically no coverage or concern from the travel media: the conditions faced by hundreds of thousands of people who travel by bus.
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“They seem to have no compassion”

Air travelers seem to delight in poking fun of people who ride the bus, but as someone who has driven coast-to-coast on Greyhound a time or two, I can tell you it was safe, efficient and inexpensive. Oh, and really long.

Not everyone has the same experience. Take Russ Judson, who bought a 21-day advance purchase e-ticket on Greyhound to drive from Minneapolis to Nashville to visit his daughter, who is sick. (That’s a 14-hour drive, in case you were wondering.) Along the way, Greyhound made a promise that it had no intention of keeping, according to Judson.
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