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Bright orange BoltBuses will soon be bringing wi-fi and extra legroom to Tacoma

BoltBus is starting service to and from Tacoma on March 11.
BoltBus is starting service to and from Tacoma on March 11. Courtesy

Regional bus company BoltBus soon will be stopping in Tacoma — 64 times a week.

Service to and from the Greyhound station at 510 Puyallup Ave. in Tacoma begins on March 11, the company announced Thursday. BoltBus is a division of Greyhound.

Currently, the bright orange BoltBus coaches bypass Tacoma on their way up and down the Interstate 5 corridor.

The company also announced it was expanding to Everett.

Tickets went on sale Wednesday for direct service to Portland, Seattle, Bellingham, and Vancouver, B.C.

BoltBus bills itself as low-fare. That depends on where you are going.

From Tacoma, a one-way ticket to Seattle on BoltBus costs $16 whereas the same fare on a Sound Transit express bus is $3.75.

A BoltBus fare from Tacoma to Portland ranges from $23 to $35 for March 12. The cheapest fare on Amtrak Cascade trains to Portland is $28.

A selling point of BoltBus is its entertainment system, which the company said includes free standard wi-fi, power outlets, leather seats and extra legroom.

Craig Sailor has worked for The News Tribune for 20 years as a reporter, editor and photographer. He previously worked at The Olympian and at other newspapers in Nevada and California.
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