ON THE ROAD
BoltBus to launch service in California
The California bus wars will heat up on Oct. 31 when BoltBus starts making runs between the Bay Area and Southern California.
BoltBus, a subsidiary of Greyhound, will hit the highways with such extras as free Wi-Fi and power outlets, leather seats and added legroom -- the amenities for which competitor MegaBus is also known.
Here on the West Coast, the two will battle it out in the "premium discount" category, in which lower fares are made possible because of curbside pickups, with customers typically buying tickets online instead of from an employee at a ticket window.
Fares will be adjusted according to demand, a BoltBus representative said, and lower fares will go to those who book a week or two out. Some introductory $1 fares are still available for the initial runs Oct. 31-Nov. 3; after that, one $1 fare will be offered on each run at random.
Curbside pickups for BoltBus passengers will be made at the Diridon Station, 75 Cahill St., San Jose, and the West Oakland BART Station on Seventh Street. The routes end at Union Station in Los Angeles.
BoltBus launched on the East Coast in 2008. MegaBus started in the United Kingdom nearly a decade ago and added its first U.S. routes, in the Midwest, in 2006.
To buy tickets, to www.boltbus.com.
-- Linda Zavoral, staff
India's easy visa for U.S. citizens
The government of India has decided to offer 30-day visitor on-arrival visas to citizens of 40 countries, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, and most Western European countries, and also to all senior citizens age 60 or older.
Register online in advance; then all you need on arrival is your passport. This service is already available at India's 10 biggest international gateway airports, with more to be added.
On-arrival visas will eliminate the hassles and expenses of applying to an Indian consulate or paying fees to visa services.
-- Ed Perkins, Tribune Content Agency
New artwork on exhibit at two Houston airports
As part of a new exhibit catering to travelers, two Houston airports have been adorned with dozens of pieces of eye-catching art by both Texas masters and emerging artists.
The Houston Airport System's first Portable Art Collection includes more than 100 items ranging from paintings to sculptures. The pieces are on display at William P. Hobby Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker says the new pieces give passengers a reason to stop and experience what she calls "something unexpected and very special." City funds pay for the exhibit in an effort administered by the Houston Arts Alliance.
-- Associated Press